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Cosmetology Program

Cosmtology Program

Application Fee: $25.00 (nonrefundable)

Registration Fee: $100.00 

Cosmetology Kit Fee: $1900.00

Tuition: $11,995.00 

*Please note, tuition, kit items, and kit prices are subject to change in this constant-growing industry.


Our Cosmetology program provides 1500 hours of extensive hands-on learning as required for the Montana State Board of Cosmetology.  At Rituals Institute, we offer this course in two convenient schedules:  Full Time (5 days/week) and Part Time (3 days/week).


Full-Time Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 - 5:30, Saturday 8:00 - 5:00 (40 hours)

Part-Time Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 - 6:30, Saturday: 8:00 - 5:00 (27 hours).


Program Objectives

Rituals Institute’s cosmetology program provides you with a complete understanding of the beauty industry.  Upon program completion, you will be prepared to take the Montana State Board’s practical and written examinations of cosmetology and be ready to succeed as a licensed cosmetologist.  Each graduate will receive a Rituals Institute diploma, transcript, and state record of completion.


Academic Schedule Start Dates

 the entire academic and holiday schedule is listed in the Rituals Institute Catalog  click here

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Holiday Schedule 

School Closures for 2022, 2023, 2024

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Cosmetology Course Timeline


Phase 1 

In this phase students will learn the fundamentals of a consultation, haircutting, shampoo, scalp treatments, conditioning, sanitation, disinfection, safe practices and state board preparation.  Students will not be on the clinic floor at this time.


Phase 2 

In this phase students will learn the fundamentals of color application, consultation, color theory, and basic nail services. Students will also learn state board preparation and after reaching 300 hours, students will start on the clinic floor taking guests who schedule shampoo styles, haircuts, and scalp treatments


Phase 3

Students will learn the fundamentals of skincare.  Learn basic facials, makeup, microbiology and anatomy.  Students will now be accepting color clients and nail services on the clinic floor.


Phase 4

Students will explore new ways of styling, including updos, braiding, wigs, and extensions Students will now be performing skincare, body waxes, and makeup on the clinic floor.


Phase 5

Students will focus on a more advanced level of acrylic nails and hard gels.  Students will also prepare for the State Board and give all services on the clinic floor.


Phase 6

Students will learn business skills, and on the clinic floor will practice salon life.


Phase 7

Students will prepare for the State Board exams while finishing up their hours to graduate.


Course Breakdown

Theory Related Subject / Practice of Cosmetology - 375 hours
Shampoo, Hair Styling / Related Theory - 195 hours
Haircutting / Related Theory - 155 hours
Manicuring / Related Theory - 95 hours
Chemical, Texture, Color Services / Related Theory - 395 hours

Chemistry, Bacteriology, Sanitation / Related Theory - 60 hours

Esthetics, Skin / Related theory 110 hours 
Salon Management / Business / Customer Service / Related Theory - 115 hours

instructor training program
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Instructor Training Program

Application Fee: $25.00 (nonrefundable)

Registration Fee: $100.00 

Instructor Curriculum Fee: $650.00

Tuition: $4350.00 

*Please note, tuition, and fees are subject to change in this constant-growing industry.


Instructor Training Program Directives

Our Instructor Training Program, 650 hours, provides an opportunity for each student (cadet) to observe and assist experienced instructors as well as to thoroughly study the principles of teaching. The primary purpose of this program is to train the cadet in the basic teaching skills, educational judgements, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to pass the Montana State Board Examination and for competency in job entry level employment as an Instructor.

Instructor Schedule Start Dates

The start dates for the Instructor Training program are the first Tuesday of every month with the exception of a start date falling on a holiday. Listed below are the exact start dates for 2022 and 2023.


The contracted graduation date and maximum time frame date depends on the schedule the student signs up for at enrollment. These dates will be specified on the Student Enrollment Agreement.


Part Time: 10 hours per week

Part time: 20 hours per week

Full Time: 40 hours per week

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Holiday Schedule 

School Closures for 2022, 2023, 2024

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(Weeks and dates may vary due to holidays, student acceptance and/or missed time)

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Rituals Institute Catalog

Institute Catalog

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Learn about Rituals Institute policies, procedures, and requirements. The catalog features all the information you’ll need to get started.

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