Graduates of the cosmetology program at Eastern Arizona College will be qualified to sit for the required licensing exam. Once they pass, they can enter the field and begin work immediately or move on to an associate degree for further education. The course, which takes place in a simulated salon, is intense. Classes are held for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10.5 months. At the end, students will have completed the 1,600 hours that are required to qualify for the exam. There's also an instructor certification, a nail technician certification and refresher courses for professionals already working in the field.