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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Cosmetology/Cosmetologist - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8295)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: define the classifications and reproduction of bacteria and viruses; define and compare the differences between sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization; perform infection control procedures for various salon tools and services; administer Universal Precautions; prepare and maintain client documentation following a successful client consultation; identify and demonstrate professional ethics; demonstrate effective communication skills, to include listening, speaking, and writing in order to communicate with customers; identify, interpret, and follow safety regulations, including MSDS and OSHA; demonstrate an understanding of the Cosmetology laws, rules, and regulations; Identify the structure and composition of the integumentary system; identify the structure and composition of the nail; identify the structure and composition of the skeletal system; identify the structure and composition of the muscular system; identify the functions of the intgumentary system; identify the functions of the nail; identify body structures and systems; list the functions of the skeletal system; identify the structure and composition of the hair; identify diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp; analyze the characteristics of a client's hair and scalp; measure effects of pH pertaining to hair and skin; differentiate between the physical and chemical changes involved in various hair services; assess chemical reactions as they relate to various services; identify the diseases and disorders of the skin; perform a skin analysis on a client; drape client for basic skin care service; select products based on individual client needs; perform a basic facial on a client; identify skin care implements and equipment; identify multiple methods of temporary hair removal; apply basic daytime makeup on a client; review the safety measures related to electricity; explain the types, uses, and benefits of light therapy; demonstrate draping for all hair services; determine a product based on individual client needs; perform various shampoo and conditioning treatments on a client; demonstrate proper handling of haircutting tools and various haircutting techniques with shears and a razor;demonstrate various clipper cutting techniques; perform various texturizing techniques; identify hairstyling implements and equipment; select a hairstyle to compliment the client's features; perform roller setting and comb-out techniques; perform pin curl setting and comb-out techniques; perform braiding techniques; demonstrate the use of a Marcel iron; demonstrate blow drying techniques; demonstrate hair pressing techniques showing soft, medium, and hard press; select and apply styling products according to client's needs; identify uses of specialty hairstyling equipment; perform application and styling services on wigs, hair pieces, and extensions; select appropriate products for chemically straightening hair; demonstrate various chemical relaxing services; demonstrate various wrapping techniques; select the appropriate solution according to client's needs; demonstrate a permanent wave service; perform and evaluate a strand test; perform a semi-permanent/demi-permanent hair color service; perform a permanent hair color service; perform a hair lightener and toner application; demonstrate techniques for creating special effects; demonstrate corrective color techniques; formulate color as it relates to the law of color; prepare a manicure table; Identify nail care implements and equipment; perform a basic manicure on a client; perform massage treatments on the hands and feet; and demonstrate knowledge of pedicure procedures; Identify nail diseases and disorders. Performance Component: 90-Degree Haircut (26%); Blow Dry, Curl, and Press Hair (26%); Chemical Applications (32%); Manicure (16%).


This exam assesses students' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a 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.