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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Cosmetology (4182)

Formerly Cosmetology (4082); (3082)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

September 2014- Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: apply techniques to ensure client safety and protection; identify and demonstrate the three levels of decontamination/disinfection; identify concepts of salon ecology/bacteriology; demonstrate appropriate first-aid and workplace safety procedures; select and utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for specific tasks; display knowledge of MSDS information and OSHA regulations; identify scientific components of hair and scalp; identify scientific components of nails; identify scientific components of skin; exhibit basic knowledge of histology, anatomy, and physiology; describe electrical safety regarding UV and other electrotherapy techniques; demonstrate knowledge of pay scales and compensation plans; distinguish types of salon ownership and licensures; display professional client interactions and sales techniques; complete and maintain appropriate client and salon records; apply knowledge of hair care, including shampoos and conditioners; apply knowledge of facial procedures, hair removal, and make-up services; demonstrate knowledge and application of manicuring services, including natural and artificial nail services; demonstrate knowledge and application of pedicuring services; apply knowledge and proficiency of hair coloring, including corrective coloring; apply knowledge and proficiency of hair lightening; apply knowledge and proficiency of chemical hair relaxing, texturizing/waving, and restructuring; apply knowledge and proficiency of various hair cutting or sculpting techniques; apply knowledge and proficiency of various hair styling techniques, including base control (braiding, finger waving); apply understanding of hair enhancement methods and procedures (i.e., wigs, extensions, hair fusions); and apply knowledge and proficiency of various thermal techniques, including hair pressing, blow-drying, and flat ironing. Performance Component: 90-Degree Haircut (19%); Blow Dry, Curl, and Press Hair (23%); Chemical Applications (28%); Manicure (15%); Facial (15%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess  individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fundamentals of Cosmetology (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.