The Cosmetology industry-based credential is included in NOCTI’s Job Ready assessment battery. Job Ready assessments measure technical skills at the occupational level and include items which gauge factual and theoretical knowledge. Job Ready assessments typically offer both a written and performance component and can be used at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Job Ready assessments can be delivered in an online or paper/pencil format. This assessment can be used at the secondary, post-secondary, and adult levels and is tied to the NOCTI Workforce Competency Credential. Individuals meeting a minimum benchmark also have the opportunity to earn college credit. More specific information about the standards and competencies measured can be found in the Assessment Blueprint at:

Restriction Details

To be eligible for this credential, individuals must complete this assessment and meet or exceed the benchmark.

Credentials Subjects

  • Chemical Services
  • Hair Designing
  • Physical Services
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Salon-Related Business Skills
  • Scientific Concepts

Key Words

  • Hairdresser
  • Hairstylist
  • Beautician


  • Beginner Level
  • Secondary School or Equivalent
  • Post-Secondary Level
  • Associates Degree Level