Course Overview

2022 Start Dates

February 7, 2022
April 4, 2022
July 11, 2022
October 10, 2022

School Hours

During Basics (the first seven weeks), school hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After Basics, the hours are 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Full-time students attending 35 hours per week finish the 2100 hour course in approximately 60 weeks (14 months).

2023 Start Dates

January 9,2023
February 6, 2023
March 6, 2023
April 3, 2023
May 1, 2023
May 30, 2023
June 26, 2023
July 31, 2023
August 28, 2023
September 25, 2023
October 23, 2023

School Closings & Holidays

Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Break (Christmas Day to New Years Day)

Cosmetology Course Description

A 2100 hour course of study of the principles and practices of cosmetology that enables students to acquire a basic understanding of hair sculpture, hair design, permanent waving, hair coloring, manicuring, skin care and makeup. The course also emphasizes client relations, job seeking skills and preparation for professional success.

Course Goals

Upon completing 2100 hours of training, the student will:

  • Be adequately prepared to pass the State Board exam for licensing in cosmetology.
  • Have sufficient skills and speed for entry-level employment in a hair salon.
  • Be capable of passing the final written and practical examinations of the school with a minimum 80 percent score.

Class Schedules

The first seven weeks of training (Basics) are spent learning the fundamentals of all facets of cosmetology to prepare students to perform services on clients. Our professional staff provides step-by-step instruction on the skills needed. Classes include lecture, demonstration and practical application, enhanced by the use of textbooks, visual aids, printed illustrations, and evaluations.

Units of Study During Basics:

  • Hair Sculpture
  • Hair Color
  • Hair Design
  • Client Service
  • Permanent Waving

After the successful completion of Basics, students are assigned a schedule whereby they begin to perform services on clients on the clinic floor and continue attending Advanced Phase Classes. This combination of classroom and clinic provides the exposure necessary to master speed and accuracy of technical skills.

Graduation Requirements

For successful completion of the cosmetology program, a student must:

  • Complete and pass senior practical and written exams.
  • Complete and pass advancement levels I and II.
  • Fulfill minimum grade requirements for written and technical work.
  • Meet all financial responsibilities to the school.
  • Complete 2100 hours of training and have diploma presented.
  • Portfolio/Resume

Licensing Requirements

To obtain a cosmetology license in Iowa, a student must

  • Have 2100 hours in an approved school with diploma awarded upon graduation.
  • Be eighteen years of age or older at the time of the State Board Exam (birth certificate may be required).
  • Pay application, examination, and/or license fees.
  • Have a high school diploma or proof of passing G.E.D.
  • Complete and pass the State Board Exam.

Progress Reviews/Academic Counseling

EQ School of Hair Design takes great pride in the close working relationship between staff and students. As part of this, students are evaluated on their progress as they complete various phases of their training.

All work is supervised, strong points emphasized and areas of weakness worked on to bring them to an acceptable level. If problems arise regarding attendance, grades, or technical and personal performance, students are counseled by professional staff to determine the reason and measures w be taken to correct the situation on an individual basis.

Facility Equipment

EQ School of Hair Design is housed in a spacious former elementary school building, providing clinics, classrooms, a student lounge and office spaces.

The clinic areas include student styling stations with hydraulic chairs and mirrors, separate drying and shampooing units, and dispensary. Our reception and retail areas feature salon-professional styling products that help maintain your look. With a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and stylers, we can help you customize your morning routine!

Classrooms are equipped with desks and tables, whiteboards, screens, audio/visual equipment and lecterns.

Policies & Attendance


Students are to maintain professional dress, shoes, hair, and makeup at all times. Attractive appearance is stressed because of its importance to career success!


EQ School of Hair Design complies with the Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988, the Drug-Free Workplace Act (1988), and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (1989). These legislations provide the standards necessary to ensure a drug-free environment for students and employees.


EQ School of Hair Design complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and all requirements imposed by the regulation of the U.S. Department of Education with regards to that Act. As a result, no person shall, on the grounds of race, sex, age, color, handicap, religion, or national or ethnic origin, be excluded from the participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the applicant received Federal Financial Assistance. EQ School of Hair Design is an equal opportunity employer.


In reference to the right of privacy for students, EQ School of Hair Design will release information contained in the student’s cumulative record file only with the written authorization of the student (or parent/guardian if the student is a dependent minor) for such a release except as required under federal, state, or local laws (ie, government and accrediting agencies do not need expressed permission from a student to view student records). A student (or parent/guardian if the student is a dependent minor) is guaranteed the right to inspect the contents of his/her file by making an appointment with a school official for such an inspection.

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