CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Cosmetology I (Two-year Program) (8745/36 weeks, 420 hours)

Cosmetology students must satisfy a minimum of 840 hours of instruction in a two- or three-year coherent sequence of courses to be eligible to take the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology licensing examination. Upon successful completion of the program, students may earn the Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology license. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 075-16 and Superintendent’s Memo 072-17.

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Demonstrating Safety, Sanitation, and Disease Control

  1. Sanitize hands before and after every service.
  2. Demonstrate standard treatment of an injury to a client and to oneself.
  3. Follow Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for sanitizing and disinfecting implements after exposure to blood.
  4. Identify the components of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
  5. Demonstrate prescribed procedures for attending to a contaminated (i.e., by blood spill, disease) work area.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of blood-borne pathogens, including blood poisoning, hepatitis C, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
  7. Demonstrate safety practices when working with all chemicals.

Maintaining, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Implements, Equipment, and Facilities

  1. Sanitize and disinfect combs, brushes, shears, and other implements.
  2. Sanitize and disinfect electrical equipment.
  3. Maintain equipment.
  4. Sanitize rollers, clips, perm rods, and perm trays.
  5. Launder towels, capes, and smocks.
  6. Sanitize and disinfect work areas.

Exhibiting Professionalism and Workplace Ethics

  1. Demonstrate a professional image.
  2. Demonstrate correct posture and physical poise.
  3. Follow practices and procedures related to workplace ethics.

Introducing Cosmetology

  1. Summarize the origin and advancements of cosmetology.
  2. Identify various career options within cosmetology.
  3. Follow competency procedures.
  4. Explain how to secure required license.

Gathering Client's History

  1. List client's personal information and factors that could affect the service.
  2. Record client's medical history to ensure client's health and safety.
  3. Inform client of any irregular scalp conditions.

Performing Scalp and Hair Care

  1. Conduct client consultation regarding use of hair products.
  2. Apply towel and drape to client.
  3. Analyze client's scalp and hair for abnormal conditions.
  4. Brush hair in preparation for shampoo.
  5. Shampoo hair.
  6. Condition hair.

Cutting Hair

  1. Consult with client before haircut.
  2. Analyze client's hair and facial shape, prior to a haircut.
  3. Apply drape to client.
  4. Analyze client's hair, prior to a haircut.
  5. Demonstrate various haircutting elevations.
  6. Demonstrate hand positions for cutting.
  7. Demonstrate safe and effective handling of haircutting implements.
  8. Cut hair at all elevations.
  9. Check overall haircut.
  10. Trim beard, mustache, sideburns, eyebrows, and ear hair.

Styling Hair

  1. Consult with client prior to styling hair.
  2. Identify design style principles.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of styling and finishing products.
  4. Demonstrate use of blow dryer and brushes.
  5. Set hair, using pin curls.
  6. Set dry hair on hot rollers.
  7. Set hair, using curling iron.
  8. Set hair, using rollers.
  9. Demonstrate hair wrapping and sculpting techniques.
  10. Perform finger waves.
  11. Straighten hair, using thermal tools.
  12. Style hair by basic braiding.
  13. Demonstrate comb-out techniques.

Introducing Chemical Texture Service Procedures

  1. Conduct client consultation regarding chemical service procedures.
  2. Analyze hair and scalp condition for a particular chemical texture service.
  3. Select product for chemical texture service.
  4. Select rod type for permanent waving.
  5. Select wrap method and sectioning pattern.
  6. Demonstrate sectioning and subsectioning.
  7. Perform predisposition test.
  8. Apply protective cream and cotton for client protection.
  9. Demonstrate application of chemicals.
  10. Apply permanent wave according to manufacturer's directions.
  11. Demonstrate test curl.
  12. Demonstrate application of relaxer.

Lightening and Coloring Hair

  1. Demonstrate safety practices when working with all chemical services.
  2. Record client consultation information, including factors that may affect the services.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of color theory.
  4. Define temporary, semipermanent, demipermanent, and permanent color.
  5. Consult with client regarding previous chemical use and desired results.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate sectioning and subsectioning.
  7. Demonstrate highlighting techniques.
  8. Apply temporary color and/or semipermanent color to hair.
  9. Apply demipermanent color to hair.
  10. Remove hair color from skin.
  11. Complete client record card for color services.

Caring for Skin, Hands, and Feet

  1. Perform basic manicure.
  2. Perform basic pedicure.
  3. Perform basic facial.