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Cosmetology Program


Cosmetology training at The Academy includes theory and practical instruction that prepares the student to perform hair, skin and nail services on the public. The Academy offers a 1500 clock-hour training program in cosmetology that meets Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Standards

The Academy provides education in all phases of the cosmetology profession. The graduate will be a knowledgeable, skilled professional cosmetologist. The graduate will have the background and skills to pass the state board exams, and to work as a cosmetologist.

Cosmetology classes start in January, April, July, September and November. Late enrollment is not permitted.

Appropriate books and kits are provided by The Academy and issued to the student during training. Students provide their own paper supplies along with ink pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards, working camera and large plastic container (for state board testing).

Students wear academy-approved apparel and shoes. (See Policies)

Course Objectives

  1. To graduate qualified, competent and competitive to be successful in the field of cosmetology, arts and sciences.
  2. To prepare students for the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners theory and practical licensing examination given by PSI.

Students enrolled at The Salon Professional Academy are required to complete orientation prior to commencement of class. This orientation is held the Saturday before classes start from 10:30am to 5:00pm.

The Academy limits advanced class size for all courses to a student to educator ratio of 15 students to 1 educator.

Tuition, payments, & Scholarships

The Academy charges a registration fee of $200.00 that is due upon signing the enrollment agreement. The total tuition and fees for all programs are as follows:

Cosmetology – 1500 Clock Hours

Tuition: $19,460.00
Kit & Books: $2,430
Registration Fee $200

Total $22,090

The Academy has payment plans for those who qualify. We accept cash, check, Visa or MasterCard for any payments. Customized payment plans are specific to each individual. We charge no interest on payments made during the length of student’s program, as long as payments are made on time. All payments are due the 1st day of each month and are considered late on the 11th of each month.

*Late payments incur a charge of $25.00.

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Financial aid advisors at The Salon Professional Academy are available for students to assist with the financial aid processes.

To view more information about scholarships, click here.

How to Apply


A student must be at least 16 years of age, have completed and passed two (2) years of high school, and have received a high school diploma, Hi-Set or G.E.D. certificate. The Academy does not admit ability-to-benefit students. All programs are taught in english only.

The following are required for admission to all programs:

1) Enrollment application
2) One of the following: official transcripts from a certified high school showing completion; HiSET; G.E.D.; or evidence of completion from a state credentialed home or private school. All official transcripts must include graduation date.

2a) Foreign applicants must provide a transcript that is translated into english and determined equivalent to a U.S. (4) year high school diploma by an outside qualified agency. CREDENTIAL EVALUATION REPORT AACRAO Professional Member American Translators Association Member USCES, LLC

3) Government issued photo I.D.
4) Signed complete enrollment agreement
5) Essay (1 paragraph minimum) why you should be selected to enroll
6) 1 letter of recommendation, from one of the following;

a. High School teacher/counselor
b. Employer/manager
c. Salon owner/salon manager
d. Business owner
e. Clergy

7) Required registration fee
8) Change of name documentation if applicable (marriage license, divorce certificate)


Graduates earn a diploma once all items listed below are completed. A grade average of 85% is required for graduation from any program at The Academy. Both theory and practical work are considered important. Students are evaluated on a level system that prepares them for salon performance levels. All work must be completed to graduate.

Completion of state required number of hours

Completion of assignments, coursework and tests

An 85% attendance and 85% grade average

A minimum of level 2 status at The Salon Professional Academy to graduate

Complete services on 8 different guests while on the salon training floor

All tuition payments must be up-to-date according to contract


After graduation requirements have been met, students must complete an exit interview with the financial aid advisor and the compliance office or one of the owners. Students are responsible for contacting the compliance office to schedule an exit interview as soon as possible following their completion of the program. All exit interviews will be conducted within 30 days of the date that the student contacts the compliance office to request an exit interview.

During the exit interview, the compliance office will be happy to assist with scheduling your theory test with PSI.

Students must complete all financial aid requirements put in place by the department of education if they received any type of federal grant or loan, including FSA exit counseling online. Students that have an outstanding balance must pay the balance in full or set up a payment plan of no more than 12 months. Transcripts and/or hours will be released once the account is paid in full.

**Any account that goes without payment for 30 days may be turned over to collections.


A graduation ceremony is scheduled five (5) times per year. Depending on the date of the ceremony, students must have completed all graduation requirements and be in satisfactory academic progress. Students may not be more than 14 calendar days from completing the graduation requirements to participate in the ceremony. Graduation ceremony dates are subject to change.

Career Planning

The Academy maintains contacts in the cosmetology profession to assist students in job placement. Employers are encouraged to interview students, and every effort is made to secure a job opportunity for each graduate. Students are prepared in the later part of training to seek employment. Job opportunities are announced and posted online. The Academy cannot guarantee every student will be placed. Assistance in no way promises employment, but means that graduates may request and receive help in locating job openings. Students that follow the level system while in school are easier to place in all salons, both locally and across the country.

Students that obtain a Level 2 will be invited to attend special lunch opportunities with local salons from time to time. When invited, students are strongly encouraged to attend this lunch/interview as part of the job placement opportunity. Because this lunch opportunity is considered an interview, students may not have their cell phones with them, and should be “interview ready” during this lunch. The Academy uses an alumni Facebook page to notify graduates of salon openings throughout the country along with upcoming educational events. Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enrolled students.

Start Your Career Today!

When you graduate from The Salon Professional Academy, you will be a knowledgeable and skilled professional trained to pass the state board exams and work as a cosmetologist.