Get the Skills to Begin a Career in Cosmetology in as few as 12 Months

If you're looking for a cosmetology school in the Rocky Hill, CT area, Porter and Chester Institute's Cosmetology program can teach you haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services to enhance clients' appearance. Our approach to career training and education all start with employment as the goal. Experienced, qualified instructors provide the individual attention needed to practice the techniques and obtain the skills you'll be using each day in the cosmetology field.

Fast Facts

  • On campus
  • Program offered at: Rocky Hill, CT
  • Diploma
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Total cost $20,960 (Includes: Tuition, Laptop, eBooks/books, materials, uniforms, and student fees)
  • Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

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In order to practice in the cosmetology field in the state of Connecticut one must graduate from an approved program with 1500 of prescribed training and pass the CT licensing exam for hairdressers.

Graduates of the Cosmetology program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare to take the Connecticut licensing exam for hairdresser and to seek entry-level employment in the cosmetology field.

You’ll get to practice your craft in our La Bella Vita Salon on campus.

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: January 17, 2022

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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  • All classes take place on campus
  • Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4pm; Friday, 8:30am - 1:30pm

Course Listings

Term 1
101 Introduction to Cosmetology
102 Cosmetology Basics
Term 2
201 Cosmetology I A
202 Cosmetology I B
Term 3
301 Cosmetology II A
302 Cosmetology II B
Term 4
401 Advanced Cosmetology A
402 Advanced Cosmetology B

Why PCI?

If you’re looking for a cosmetology school that is right for you and you are eager to begin a career in haircutting and hairstyling, here are a few reasons to choose Cosmetology training at Porter and Chester Institute:

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La Bella Vita Salon:
The Cosmetology program's La Bella Vita clinic is equipped with the same type of equipment usually found in hairdressing salons. In addition, various charts, and models enhance the learning environment.

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Concrete Skills: 
You’ll be trained to style and sculpt different hair textures. You’ll learn basic and advanced women’s and men’s haircutting techniques and how to properly shampoo and condition hair. You’ll also learn the basics of skin care, with a basic knowledge of applying makeup and artificial lashes and the basics of nail care and enhancements.

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Hands-on Training: 
The hallmark of all our programs is hands-on learning. Your work station will replicate what you might find in the field and you’ll get to learn by doing –not just from reading about theories in a book. The training you get from Porter and Chester Institute will prepare you to sit for the Connecticut licensing exam for hairdressers.

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Soft Skills: 
In addition to technical skills, you’ll learn Life Skills, Professional Image and Communicating for the success of your career. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.

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