Orange County’s Premier Cosmetology School

Welcome to the exciting and creative field of cosmetology. CAofB – Career Academy of Beauty has been a leading beauty school located in Orange County with over 50 years of educating students on the various skills to become a licensed cosmetologist.

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What Is Cosmetology and Why Pursue This Career?

Career Academy of Beauty student cutting hair
Cosmetology consists of technical and hands-on practical training in all areas of hair, skin and nails. Students will begin by observing live demonstrations and will also be given specific state approved instructions on step-by-step procedures such as: haircutting, coloring, styling, nail and skin procedures/services.

Upon observation, the student will start by practicing on mannequin heads with human hair. Students will receive technical theory instruction through lectures, videos and guest artists. Students are required to complete textbook assignments and pass multiple choice tests as they work through the chapters of their cosmetology textbook.

As the student completes and passes their 320-hour freshman module, they advance to the clinic floor where they will work on clients to build their skill, speed and confidence. The student will use their basic skills, current salon trends for each client as they form their own personal creative style. Instructors assist students throughout their floor experience to prepare them for the real salon environment.

The student will:

  • Give client consultations
  • Formulate color
  • Provide chemical services
  • Carry out the services to completion

Students are encouraged to build a clientele and to recommend professional products from our extensive professional beauty supply center. Career Academy of Beauty wants to provide a salon-like atmosphere during your schooling, which may prepare you for the future.

Externship Opportunities

Eligible senior students can extern at local salons in place of a regular school day to train under an already successful stylist. This is a great way to gain hands on-experience and learn what is happening in a real working salon.

Career Academy of Beauty student applying makeupMeet California’s Requirements at Career Academy of Beauty

Students will graduate upon completion of required clock hours, completing/passing all required technical/practical operations and passing the final examination. Students will receive their diploma at the graduation ceremony.

To work professionally in the state of California, graduates will be required to pass a state examination for licensing. A final practical and written exam is given to ensure the students are ready for the State Licensing Exam after graduation. Typically if the student is eligible for pre-application they will be able to take the state exam approximately three weeks after graduation.

Job Placement Assistance

Job placement is available for our graduates. CAofB has long-lasting relationships with salon and spa owners looking to recruit our cosmetology graduates. We have a real-time career placement list of salons posted on-premise at our school. In addition, we send out social media alerts to graduates and alumni of upcoming positions. There are typically more jobs available than students graduating at any given time.