Advanced Manicuring/Pedicuring Course

Full-time 37.5 hours per week - 250 Hours

Hairdresser & Barbering Course

60 weeks’ maximum frame - 1650 Hours


Full-time 24 weeks’ maximum time frame, part-time 45 weeks - 500 Hours

Instructor Training Course

57-week maximum time frame - 600 Hours

Advanced Training/Wellness Course

2-week maximum time frame - 50 Hours

Massage Therapy Courses

Full Time - 750 Hours

2016-2017 Course Schedule

January 2017: 1650 Hairdresser or Barber Course/Advanced Manicure Course
February 2017: 750 Hour Esthetics Course
March 2017: 750 Hour Esthetics Course/250 Hour Advanced Manicure Course
April 2017: 250 Hour Advanced Manicure Course/1650 Hours Hairdresser or Barber Course
Fall 2017: 750 Hour Certificate in Massage Therapy

Advanced Manicurist curriculum (250 hours)

An applicant for an endorsement as an advanced manicurist must complete a curriculum that consists of at least 250 hours of instruction or training in manicuring that includes the following subjects for the minimum number of hours specified or training in manicuring that includes the following subjects for the minimum number of hours specified:

  • Sanitation and safety measures: 45 hours, including instruction in bacteriology and sanitation including chemical agents and sanitizing methods and procedures.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the arms, hands, and feet: 45 hours, including instruction in nail shapes, structures, and growth, including nail irregularities and diseases; bones, muscles, and nerves of the arm, hand, and foot; skin histology and functions: and blood circulation, including blood vessels; and blood supply of the arm, hand, and foot; bones, muscles, and nerves.
  • Manicuring and pedicuring: 155 hours, including instruction in preparation; equipment and implements; supplies, procedures, including basic manicure; oil manicure; nail analysis; and hand and arm massage; pedicure; artificial nails, including sculpturing and liquid and powder brush-ons; artificial nail tips; nail wraps and repairs and maintenance; polish application; and specific needs.
  • State law: 5 hours
  • A student is responsible for participation on the routine maintenance of the sanitary conditions necessary to conduct business. However, credit may not be given for the spent laundering towels washing floors, walls. Business Practices: communication skills, professional ethics, sales skills, decorum and record keeping, client record cards.

Barber and Hairdressing School curriculum (1650 hours)

A student who is enrolled in a course of barbering or hairdressing must complete a curriculum that consists of at least 1650 hours of theoretical and practical training. A school shall teach a minimum of 185 hours of theoretical instruction, including five hours in state law, consisting of the provisions of AS08.13, and the Department of Environmental Conservation regulations contained in 18AAC23, and the following minimum number of practical operations during the 1,650 hours of training:

  • Wet hair styling and drying including hair analysis, shampooing, finger waving, pin curling, combing and comb-outs: Hairdressers practical operations: 180. Barbers practical operations: 30.
  • Thermal hair styling and drying, including hair analysis, straightening, waving, curling with hot combs and hot curling irons, and blower styling: Hairdresser practical operations: 180 Barbering practical operations: 180.
  • Permanent waving, including hair analysis and chemical waving. Hairdresser practical operations: 80. Barbers practical operations: 50.
  • Chemical straightening including hair analysis and the use of sodium and other base solutions: Hairdressers practical operations: 10 Barbers practical operations: 10.
  • Haircutting, including hair analysis and the use of the razor, scissors, electric clipper and thinning shears, for wet and dry cutting: Hairdressers practical operations: 250. Barbers practical operations: 400.
  • Hair coloring, and bleaching, including hair analysis, predisposition tests, safety precautions, formula mixing, tinting, bleaching, and the use of dye removers, but not including color rinses: Hairdressers practical operations: 75. Barbers practical operations: 75.
  • Scalp and hair treatments, including hair and scalp analysis, brushing electric and manual scalp manipulation, and other hair treatments: Hairdressers practical operations: 10. Barbers practical operations: 10.
  • Beard trimming: Hairdressers practical operations: 5. Barbers practical operations: 5.
  • Beard shaving: Hairdressers practical operations: N/A. Barbers practical operation: 50.
  • Eyebrow arching and hair removal, including the use of wax, manual or electric tweezers, and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair: Hairdressers practical operations: 15. Barbers practical operations: 0.
  • Makeup, including skin analysis, complete and corrective makeup, and the application of false eyelashes: Hairdressers practical operations: 15 Barbers practical operations: 0.

Esthetics School curriculum (500 hours)

Alaska State Law requires students who enroll in a course of esthetics must complete a curriculum that consists of at least 350 hours of theoretical and practical training; we have aligned our hours with those of the state of Washington at 750 hours. A school shall teach a minimum number of theoretical instruction hours, including five hours in state law and the following minimum number of practical operations during training.

  • Manual, including skin analysis, cleansing, manipulations, packs and masks: 120 practical operations.
  • Electrical devices including the use of all electrical modalities and electrical apparatus, including dermal light facials and skin-care purposed: 80 practical operations.
  • Eyebrow shaping and hair removal, including the use of wax, manual or electric tweezers and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair: 100 practical operations.
  • Makeup, including skin analysis complete and corrective makeup, and the application of false eyelashes: 100 operations.
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Instructor Training curriculum (600 hours)

The curriculum for a student enrolled in a course of instructor training must consist of at least 600 hours of training in teaching advanced manicuring, esthetics, barbering and hairdressing. A school shall teach the following minimum hours of instruction.

  • Statutes and regulations of the board, 25 minimum hours of instruction.
  • Preparatory theoretical instruction, evaluation of instruction, student record keeping, and school operation, 75 minimum hours of instruction.
  • Supervision of desk, booking appointments and assigning students for clinic floor services, 25 minimum hours of instruction.
  • Clinic floor supervision under direct supervision of licensed instructor, 50 minimum hours of instruction.
  • The remaining 425 hours must be completed as scheduled by the school but must include; presentation of theoretical subject in a classroom situation, 50 minimum hours of instruction; presentation of practical subjects in a classroom situation, 375 minimum hours of instruction.

Advanced Training or Wellness Course (50 hours)

The wellness course will include a holistic overview of the multi-faceted dimensions of health and wellness. Health is approached from physical, social, intellectual, emotional, occupational, spiritual, and environmental perspectives within the context of a wellness lifestyle. Students will receive an overview of basic nutrition and physical activity, assess and compare their physical activity and nutrition habits to national guidelines, and explore the benefits of physical activity and sound nutrition for wellness throughout life.

Massage Therapy Program (750 hours)

The Alaska Academy of Advanced Cosmetology (AAAC) offers a Pathway to Licensure inMassage Therapy Program utilizing touch as a vehicle for awareness. At AAAC, students learnto offer massage in a context of personal inquiry and empowerment. Massage is a vehicle forawareness; the first level is the awareness of tension and where it exists in the body. Second,through touch we can communicate how to let go of these habitual patterns of tension. Third, theclient and therapist can challenge the belief system around which the tension is organized.Massage offers a unique possibility for personal empowerment seldom found elsewhere in thefield of health care. Clients may potentially leave a massage with more awareness and morecontrol of their bodies and their lives. To provide a safe space for our clients, it is essential thatour work be nonviolent in nature and that the goals be the client's rather than the therapist's.We respect our client's threshold of pain, both physical and emotional, exploring how we can beavailable as therapists without being intrusive. Massage therapists can be skillful facilitators,empowering and inviting clients to awareness. We are happy that you are considering massage inyour life. When offered in a caring, mutually respectful environment, we have found massagetherapy to be a very nourishing practice that helps promote health, understanding, acceptance andpeace.

  • Theory
  • Foundations in Bodywork/Technique
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Business, Communication, Ethics & Law
  • Self-Care for Body Workers
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • CPR/1st Aide
  • Student Clinic
  • Technique Evaluation
  • Electives