Instructional Methods: Hair on Hudson Academy strives to deliver a student-centered classroom that allows students to develop skills and achieve competency. Instructional strategies are incorporated that enable students to focus interests, attention and organizational skills in a strategic platform that allows students to accomplish their goals.

The courses offered  encompass several types of student-centered learning: Theoretical knowledge, the foundation of the education. Practical experience, the application of the knowledge and professional business-building skills, vital for student success. Each phase of the education emphasizes a different combination of learning approaches. The staff both supports and coaches students with guided and independent practice, modelling and handling real-life situations. The school provides students with a platform to display their skills and ideas.

All courses are taught in English. Textbooks, course materials, additional supporting educational handouts and learning aids are also only offered in the English Language.

Hair on Hudson Academy maintains the following Student-Teacher Ratio of Theory – 30:1 and Skill Development – 20:1. – Students are never excused from mandatory theory class to work in the clinic.


Goals and Objectives– Upon completion/graduation, students will demonstrate knowledge of the many job opportunities in the industry and have the basic skills required in content areas. 

Cosmetology content areas include Hair Cutting and Shaping, Hair Coloring and Lightening, Hair Styling, Chemical Restructuring, Nail and Skin Care Procedures. 

Esthetics content areas include skilled use of Cosmetics, importance of Skin Analysis, Facial Massage, Facial treatments, Technology and Devices, Advanced Topics and Treatments. 

Barber content areas include Hair Cutting and Styling, Mustache and Beard Design, Shaving and Treatments for Skin and Scalp.

Students will study and implement generally accepted practices that include general safety, sanitation, disinfection, sterilization, and universal precaution in all topics with an emphasis on client protection. This includes, but is not limited to: Involving a step-by-step learning process with several innovative approaches.

As students’ progress through the program, they will practice skill development and master advanced techniques. Continued focus will be on assessing theoretical and practical knowledge to ensure students are ready to pass their State Board examinations and become successful. The school encourages students to self-monitor progress and assess their learning.


The School will issue a certificate of graduation for the course when the student has successfully completed all examinations, completed the hours and academic requirements of the program of study according to state requirements. Cleared all debts owed to the school (If the last payment is made by check, the student must wait  ten (10) business days before receiving his/her paperwork. 


Upon completion of the entire course requirements for Cosmetology, Esthetics or Barbering,  the student will receive a Certificate of Completion, if applicable. The New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services will issue the Cosmetology and Esthetics graduate a temporary license upon submission of the New York State Appearance Enhancement License Application.

Barber students upon completion can submit an application for licensure. The application notifies the Board that you are ready to take the licensing examination. Barber applicants submit the Barber Operator Application online, submit affirmation form the school with the required  health certification . Also required is the $ 40. application fee and two (2) recent photographs. In order to obtain a NY Master Barber License, all individuals must complete an Infection Control course known as HIV and Transmission of Contagious Diseases prevention. Proof of completion must be submitted with application for a Barber License. 

A temporary license will not permit the holder to operate a salon. A separate salon license must be obtained. New York State has an online application process for licensure and the school will assist students with this process.

All additional fees for the licensing process are the responsibility of the student. There are two fees that must be paid to New York State during the application process: $40 application fee and $10 temporary license fee. A temporary license is a six-month temporary license available to applicants desiring to work while completing the examination process.

In addition to the regular license fee, applicants must pay for each practical and written examination taken. The fee for each exam is $15 and must be paid for the examinations to be scheduled. All fees can be paid during the initial license application process.

A license is issued for a four-year term, automatically expiring four years after the effective date. Any renewal requires applicants to disclose any prior or currently pending misdemeanor or felony charges. Proof of disposition may be required.

Licensing guidelines, testing dates and requirements are issued by the NYS Department of State (NYSDOS) and are subject to change. The contact information is- NYS Department of State- Division of Licensing Services- One Commerce Plaza -99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor, Albany N.Y. 12231 518-474-4429 or the NYC Office- 123 Williams Street, New York, NY 10038-3804.

Students who are not U.S. Citizens or who do not have documented authority to work in the United States will not be eligible to apply to take the state licensure examinations. Hair on Hudson Academy is not responsible for students denied licensure.


Full Time Breakdown

The Full Time Program is a total of 1,000 hours; which expands over a period of 30 weeks. Our program is divided into 4 stages-stages I, II and III takes place over a period of  8 weeks each; while stage IV lasts 6 weeks.

Part Time Breakdown

The Part Time Program is a total of 1,000 hours and expands over a period of 63 weeks. The part- time program is also divided into 4 stages: stages I, II and III takes place over a period of  18 weeks each, and stage IV lasts for a period of 10 weeks.


The  Esthetics course content is divided into three (3) stages.  The Preclinical Instruction includes Stage One . Clinical instruction includes Stages two (2) and Three (3) where students practice skills, gain personal confidence and experience with exposure to a variety of clients . 

Full-Time Breakdown

The 600 hour full time day program lasts for 18 weeks and is split into 3 stages.  

Part-Time Day Breakdown

The 600 hour part-time day  program lasts for 35 weeks and is split into 3 stages. 

Part-Time Evening Breakdown

The 600 hour part-time day program lasts for 38 weeks and is split into 3 stages.


This course is divided into three (3) stages of instruction. The Preclinical instruction includes Stage One in which the student is  introduced to the history of Barbering and the personal skills needed to become successful. Stage one instills the fundamentals. Stages two (2) and thee (3) incorporate procedures and essential technical  knowledge with  proficient skill development. Required scientific information of services that Barbers are qualified to offer to clients is provided.  In stage three(3) the students are provided various methods to prepare for employment, licensure and general business principles. 

Full-Time Breakdown

The 600 hour full time day program lasts for 18 weeks and is split into 3 stages.  

Part-Time Evening Breakdown

The 600 hour part-time day program lasts for 38 weeks and is split into 3 stages.


Absences will be considered as excused under the following circumstances:

  •  Illness
  •  Death (immediate family)
  • Other valid reasons (may be approved when notified in advance, based on assessment of the circumstance)

 All excused absences are to be substantiated in writing and are at the discretion of the School Administration. All other absences will be considered unexcused. If you have a special event to attend, it will be excused with a two-week notice. Students must make-up for all absences, whether excused or not. The Department of State requires that all 1,000 hours of the curriculum/program be attended. Making up for absences (excused or otherwise) could be at a further cost and extend the length of the program.


Attending class on time demonstrates your commitment to the program and promotes quality work ethics necessary for a successful career. Excessive tardiness could result in possible suspension and termination from the program.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Three tardies will automatically result an absence. If a student has procured a total of 10 tardies they will automatically be placed on academic probation.


Students who do not comply with the attendance policy will receive a plan of action to help improve their attendance percentage.

The Commissioner of  Education Regulations states that if a student accumulates a 15% absentee rate, then the student must be put on Academic Probation. Students can be re-evaluated, and the probation lifted upon completion of the next marking period of the students’ grades.

Leave of Absence

Students must request a leave of absence , in writing, with at least 2 weeks notice. This is subject for approval based on the circumstances surrounding the request. All requests must be given to Admissions and/or the School Director. The School Director reserves the right to accept or deny the requested leave of absence.

Students who withdraw prior to completion of the course and wish to reinstate will return to the same Satisfactory Academic Progress status; as of the last date of attendance.

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