This program is designed to allow the student to complete all of the required instruction to qualify for the Washington State Cosmetology License examination and at the same time complete an Associate in Technical Arts Degree. This degree is provided through a joint agreement between the West Sound Technical Skills Center and Olympic College. For acceptance into the program, the student must complete an enrollment application available at the West Sound Technical Skills Center and meet all core and program requirements.


Associate in Technical Arts

Certificate of Specialization

Certificate of Proficiency

Procedures to Qualify for Acceptance into Cosmetology, Esthetician, and Instructor Training Programs


At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and practical skills required for the application process and examination to obtain state licensing.
  • Exhibit managerial skills and working knowledge of state laws that is necessary to establish a new, small business or operate an existing salon or retail business.
  • Apply product knowledge of the industry in a retail sales and service agreement.
  • Provide training to clientele via educational seminars and consultation.
  • Perform employability standards such as customer service, communication and listening skills, performance, characteristics (i.e. adaptability, responsibility, punctuality cooperation, etc.) and work ethics.
  • Observe safety issues, industry-related laws and regulations and remedy unsafe practices.


For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


Therese Gesch
Cosmetology Instructor
West Sound Technical Skills Center
101 National Ave N
Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: 360.473.0563
Email: tgesch@olympic.edu

OC Business and Technology Division

Phone: 360.475.7360

Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"