DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR’S OFFICE  
COSMETOLOGY  
(By authority conferred on the department of licensing and regulatory affairs by  
sections 308 and 1203 of 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.308 and 339.1203, and Executive  
Reorganization Order Nos. 1996-2, 2003-1, 2008-4, and 2011-4, MCL 445.2001,  
445.2011, 445.2025, and 445.2030)  
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS  
R 338.2101 Definitions.  
Rule 1. As used in these rules:  
(a) “Act means 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.101 to 339.2919.  
(b) “Apprenticeship practitioner” means a licensee who is approved by the  
department and who is engaged in training an apprentice within an establishment.  
(c) “Blade” means a flat or curved implement designed for cutting including, but not  
limited to, implements commonly referred to as razors, callus shavers, graters, and credo  
blades intended to cut or shave growths of skin on the hands and feet.  
(d) “Dry sanitizer” means a closed cabinet or container that holds a fumigant  
chemical sanitizing agent.  
(e) “Minimum practical application” means a service performed on a mannequin,  
student, or patron.  
(f) “Reactive chemicals” means, but is not limited to, any of the following:  
(i) Permanent wave solutions.  
(ii) Relaxers.  
(iii) Temporary, semipermanent, or permanent hair colorings.  
(iv) Hair lighteners.  
(v) Acids.  
(vi) Bases.  
(vii) Creams.  
(viii) Fluids.  
(ix) Any other preparation designed to modify or rearrange the structure of the hair,  
skin, or nails.  
(g) “Wet sanitizer” means a container that holds a liquid chemical sanitizing agent.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2004 AACS; 2006 AACS; 2014 AACS; 2017  
AACS.  
R 338.2102 Rescinded.  
History: 1998-2000 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
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R 338.2103 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2106 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2107 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2109 Rescission.  
Rule 9. Rules 1 to 360 and rules I to VIII of the state board of cosmetology,  
being R 338.751 to R 338.761 of the Michigan Administrative Code and appearing on  
pages 3601 to 3610 of the 1954 volume of the Code, are rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC.  
PART 2. LICENSES AND PERMITS  
R 338.2121 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2122 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2123 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2124 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS.  
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R 338.2125 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2126 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2127 Change of ownership or relocation; closure.  
Rule 27. (1) If an establishment or school changes ownership or location, including  
any branch facility to the current location, the parties involved shall inform the  
department of the change, in writing, within 30 calendar days. A new application  
showing the new ownership or the new location, together with the applicable fees  
and a copy of the existing license shall be filed with the department  
(2) Before a school is closed or changes ownership, the department shall be  
notified, in writing, and shall be furnished with a copy of the school's enrolled  
student records of examinations, credit hours, and minimum practical applications.  
(3) Branch facilities where training by a cosmetology school is conducted in a  
physical location apart from the main school premises, may be  
department if the branch facility meets the following criteria:  
approved by the  
(a) Is not used for training students until the department has approved the use of the  
facility, based upon school need.  
(b) Meets all requirements for Michigan cosmetology schools, except that it shall  
not include a full-service facility and shall not offer clinic services to the public.  
(c) Provides for proper supervision of students.  
(d) Is submitted for approval on an application prescribed by the department,  
to include, at a minimum, both of the following:  
(i) The complete address of the premises to be licensed.  
(ii) A current, detailed floor plan, not larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches, of the  
proposed premises, showing arrangement of the classroom, placing of equipment,  
entrances, exits, and a statement of the purpose for which the premises will be used.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS; 2006 AACS.  
R 338.2128 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 2014 AACS.  
PART 3. GENERAL TRAINING ADMINISTRATION  
R 338.2131 "Equivalent" defined; proof of educational grade equivalency.  
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Rule 31. "Equivalent," as used in the act when referring to educational grade  
levels, means the passing of a standard examination which is equal to or greater than the  
required grade level. If there is no grade equivalency test available, the department  
shall accept a statement from a school administrator indicating that the person has  
potential and scholastic achievement equal to the required grade.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2132 School and apprentice training program requirements.  
Rule 32. (1) A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall have all of the following  
items:  
(a) Instructional visual aids for teaching the prescribed curriculum.  
(b) One bulletin board in the student or apprentice area.  
(c) Seating facilities for patrons.  
(d) One chair that has writing facilities for each attending student or apprentice.  
(e) Sufficient practical training stations and equipment so that students or  
apprentices are not required to share a station or equipment during practical training  
periods.  
(f) A shampoo bowl installed in a classroom other than the main clinic  
classroom, unless a limited school of electrology.  
(g) Adequate space per attending student for theory or non-practical classroom  
training.  
(h) A chalkboard or the equivalent of sufficient size to be seen from the back of the  
room in which it is used.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2132a Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2133  
Credit of school hours to apprenticeship training prohibited;  
credit of apprenticeship training to school training prohibited.  
Rule 33. (1) School credit hours shall not be credited to apprenticeship training.  
(2) Apprenticeship months of training shall not be credited to school credit hours.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2134 Enrollment.  
Rule 34. (1) A school shall report the enrollment of a student and submit the  
registration fee to the department within 60 days after the student begins a course of  
instruction.  
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(2) A student requesting hours from a previous enrollment shall pass practical  
and theory examinations on the subject areas previously studied and submit the previous  
hours to the new school before attending the new school. The school shall notify the  
department of the number of hours accepted and the number of minimum practical  
applications verified for any student who has hours from previous training.  
(3) A student shall not be granted credit for more hours than are verified by the  
school of previous enrollment.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2006 AACS.  
R 338.2135 Rescinded.  
History: 1999 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2136 Permanent records.  
Rule 36. (1) A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall keep permanent records of  
students or apprentices. The permanent records shall be maintained for not less than 7  
years after the last date of attendance of the student or apprentice.  
(2) The records shall be available to the department upon request and shall include  
all of the following information:  
(a) A summary of the attendance record.  
(b) A summary of the hours of training, including the number of minimal practical  
applications.  
(c) The date of the enrollment and the last date of attendance.  
(d) The final grades.  
(e) A copy of the contract.  
History: 1999 AACS.  
R 338.2137 Student and apprentice supplies.  
Rule 37. (1) A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall furnish a copy of the act  
and these rules to each student or apprentice.  
(2) All necessary materials, equipment, and supplies shall be furnished to students  
or apprentices for work performed on the public. The contract between the school  
or apprenticeship practitioner and the student or apprentice shall contain a list of any  
charges for additional materials, supplies, or equipment other than that required to  
adequately train students or apprentices under the prescribed curriculum.  
History: 1999 AACS.  
R 338.2138 Theory instruction.  
Rule 38. Theory shall be taught throughout a course as applied to practical  
training under §1205(5)(c) of the act.  
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History: 1999 AACS.  
R 338.2139 Board examination.  
Rule 39. (1) To be eligible to take the state board examination, a student or  
apprentice shall satisfactorily complete the course of study and shall pass a final  
examination on each subject with a score of not less than 75%.  
(2) A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall provide certification, to the  
department or its designees, that the student or apprentice has completed all requirements  
before the student or apprentice applies for the state board examination.  
(3) An applicant for a cosmetology, electrology, limited, or specialty instructor  
license may be granted a partial waiver of the instructor examination if the applicant  
currently possesses a different cosmetology, electrology, limited, or specialty instructor  
license. The applicant shall complete the practical portion of the instructor examination  
in the area of the new instructor license for which he or she applies.  
(4) A passing score on an examination, or on a portion of an examination if the  
examination is given in separate parts, shall be valid for 1 year from the date the  
examination or portion of the examination was passed, except as provided in subrule (3)  
of this rule.  
History: 1999 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2139a Rescinded.  
History: 1999 AACS; 2006 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
PART 4. SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAMS  
R 338.2141 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2004 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2142 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2143 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
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R 338.2144 Rescinded.  
History: 1999 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2145 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2006 AACS; 2014 AACS.  
R 338.2146 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000.  
R 338.2147 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS.  
R 338.2148 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2149 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
PART 5. APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAMS  
R 338.2151 Application for apprenticeship.  
Rule 51. (1) A licensee who has had not less than 3 years of experience as a  
licensed cosmetologist, electrologist, natural hair culturist, esthetician, or manicurist may  
submit an application to the department to train an apprentice.  
(2) The application shall include the following information:  
(a) A floor plan of the establishment.  
(b) A list of equipment to be used in training the apprentice.  
(c) A list of the books that will be used to teach theory.  
(d) A copy of the licensee's contract with the apprentice showing the curriculum  
to be taught and the minimum number of hours per month that the apprentice must  
attend. The contract shall include written agreements to do all of the following:  
(i) Personally train the apprentice.  
(ii) Give and correct examinations.  
(iii) Render a grade in each subject of the curriculum.  
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(iv) Submit the apprentice=s hours to the department monthly.  
(3) An apprentice shall not practice on the public before meeting the  
requirements of section 1205(5)(c) of the act. An apprentice practicing outside an  
approved apprenticeship establishment may be ineligible to take the state board  
examination.  
(4) An apprentice shall be in training throughout the period of the program and shall  
have received an average of not less than 80 hours of instruction per month.  
(5) An apprentice=s registration permit shall be conspicuously displayed in the  
establishment.  
(6) The apprenticeship practitioner shall provide certification to the department  
or the department=s designee that the apprentice has completed all requirements before  
applying for the state board examination.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2151a Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2152 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2153 Apprenticeship program examinations and grades.  
Rule 53. (1) A licensee that trains a cosmetology apprentice shall give the apprentice  
an examination every 6 months.  
(2) A licensee that trains an electrology, manicuring, esthetician, or natural hair  
culturist apprentice shall give the apprentice an examination every 3 months.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2155 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS.  
R 338.2156 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1998-2000 AACS.  
PART 6. CURRICULUM  
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R 338.2161 Cosmetology curriculum.  
Rule 61. A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall provide instruction in  
cosmetology pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 1  
Subject  
Theory  
Hours  
90  
Practical  
Hours  
40  
Unassigned  
Total  
Minimum  
Practical Applications  
585  
Hours  
Hours  
Sanitation/patron  
protection Laws and  
rules Personal hygiene  
Salon management  
Mechanical and  
0
130  
(Sanitation and patron  
protection shall be  
included in all services)  
electrical equipment  
safety  
Facials Skin analysis  
and care Manipulation,  
massage, electricity  
Removal of hair by the  
use of wax, tweezers,  
or depilatories Makeup  
and eyebrow arch  
35  
80  
0
0
115  
525  
40  
(a minimum of 5 services  
in each category)  
Hairdressing Arranging,  
cutting, dressing,  
curling, pressing,  
artificial hair and finger  
waving, natural hair  
cultivation  
125  
400  
300  
(a minimum of 20  
services in each  
category)  
Scalp and hair  
treatments  
10  
40  
15  
0
0
25  
30  
Hair coloring  
Temporary Semi  
permanent  
170  
210  
80  
(a minimum of 8 services  
in each category)  
Permanent Bleaching  
and dimensional  
coloring Color mixing  
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Chemical hair  
restructuring  
Permanent waving  
Straightening and  
relaxing  
40  
20  
180  
10  
0
0
220  
30  
80  
(a minimum of 15  
services in each  
category)  
Applied  
5
0
chemistry/occupational  
safety and health  
administration as  
related to skin, hair,  
nails, and scalp  
Applied anatomy,  
physiology, and  
45  
0
0
45  
histology of the human  
head, hands, nails, skin  
and hair  
Manicuring/pedicuring  
Artificial nails  
15  
5
55  
15  
0
0
70  
35  
5
0
20  
Unassigned hours  
0
110  
110  
0
Totals  
425  
965  
110  
1500  
1160  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2161a Crossover hours; manicuring.  
Rule 61a. A student, before enrolling in a cosmetology curriculum in a licensed  
school of cosmetology, may be granted a maximum of 70 hours toward completion of  
the curriculum if the student provides proof to the school of successful completion of a  
curriculum in manicuring in a licensed school of cosmetology within the previous 3  
years. A student, before enrolling in a cosmetology apprenticeship program, may be  
granted a maximum of 70 hours toward completion of the curriculum if the student  
provides proof to the practitioner of successful completion of an apprenticeship  
program approved by the department in manicuring within the previous 3 years.  
History: 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2161b Crossover hours; esthetics.  
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Rule 61b. A student, before enrolling in a cosmetology curriculum in a licensed  
school of cosmetology, may be granted a maximum of 115 hours toward completion of  
the curriculum if the student provides proof to the school of successful completion of a  
curriculum in esthetics in a licensed school of cosmetology within the previous 3 years.  
A student, before enrolling in a cosmetology apprenticeship program, may be granted a  
maximum of 115 hours toward completion of the curriculum if the student provides  
proof to the practitioner of successful completion of an apprenticeship program  
approved by the department in esthetics within the previous 3 years.  
History: 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2162 Manicuring curriculum.  
Rule 62. A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall provide instruction  
in manicuring pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 2  
Subject  
Theory  
Hours  
Practical  
Hours  
Unassigned  
Hours  
Total  
Hours  
Minimum Practical  
Applications  
Sanitation/patron protection  
Laws and rules  
50  
50  
0
100  
100  
(Sanitation and  
patron protection  
shall be included in  
all services)  
Personal hygiene  
Salon management  
Mechanical and electrical  
equipment safety  
Anatomy and disorders  
Artistic principles  
25  
10  
20  
0
0
0
0
25  
10  
70  
0
0
0
Manicuring/pedicuring  
techniques  
50  
40  
Chemistry/occupational  
safety and health  
administration  
15  
25  
0
0
0
15  
0
Artificial  
105  
130  
50  
nails/extensions/repairs  
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Unassigned hours  
0
0
50  
50  
400  
0
Totals  
145  
205  
50  
190  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2162a Crossover hours.  
Rule 62a. A student, before enrolling in a manicuring curriculum in a licensed  
school of cosmetology, may be granted a maximum of 70 hours toward completion of  
the curriculum if the student provides proof to the school of successful completion of a  
curriculum in cosmetology at a licensed school of cosmetology within the previous 3  
years. A student, before enrolling in a manicuring apprenticeship program, may be  
granted a maximum of 70 hours toward completion of the curriculum if the student  
provides proof to the practitioner of successful completion of an apprenticeship  
program approved by the department in cosmetology within the previous 3 years.  
History: 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2163 Electrology curriculum.  
Rule 63. An electrology school or apprenticeship practitioner shall provide  
instruction in electrology pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 3  
Subject  
Theory Practical Unassigned Total  
Minimum  
Hours Practical  
Applications  
Hours  
Hours  
hours  
Sanitation/patron  
protection  
40  
10  
0
50  
160  
(Sanitation  
and patron  
protection  
shall be  
included in  
all services)  
Laws and rules  
Personal hygiene  
Salon management  
Applied anatomy,  
physiology, and  
histology  
25  
0
0
25  
0
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Applied electrolysis  
25  
250  
0
275  
150  
Mechanical and  
electrical equipment  
safety  
Techniques  
Unassigned hours  
Totals  
0
0
50  
50  
0
90  
260  
50  
400  
310  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2163a Esthetics curriculum.  
Rule 63a. (1) A school or apprenticeship practitioner shall provide instruction  
in skin care service pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 4  
Subject  
Theory Practical Unassigned Total  
Minimum  
Hours Practical  
Applications  
Hours  
Hours  
Hours  
Sanitation/patron protection  
Laws and rules  
25  
25  
0
50  
90  
(sanitation and  
patron  
protection shall  
be included in  
all services)  
Personal hygiene  
Salon management  
Mechanical and electrical  
equipment safety  
25  
25  
0
50  
15  
Anatomy and disorders  
Artistic principles/makeup  
Facial/skin care techniques  
40  
20  
20  
0
0
0
0
40  
40  
0
20  
0
125  
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145  
50  
Chemistry/occupational safety  
and health administration  
15  
0
0
15  
0
Temporary removal of hair  
Unassigned hours  
Totals  
5
0
5
0
10  
50  
5
0
50  
50  
0
150  
200  
400  
160  
(2) A student, before enrolling in an esthetics curriculum in a licensed school of  
cosmetology, may be granted a maximum of 115 hours toward completion of the  
curriculum if the student provides proof to the school of successful completion of a  
curriculum in cosmetology at a licensed school of cosmetology within the previous 3  
years. A student before enrolling in an esthetics apprenticeship program, may be  
granted a maximum of 115 hours toward completion of the curriculum if the student  
provides proof to the practitioner of successful completion of an apprenticeship  
program approved by the department in cosmetology within the previous 3 years.  
History: 1998-2000 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2163b Natural hair cultivation curriculum.  
Rule 63b. A school or apprenticeship practitioner may provide instruction in  
natural hair cultivation pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 5  
Subject  
Theory Practical Unassigned Total  
Minimum  
Hours Practical  
Applications  
Hours  
Hours  
Hours  
Sanitation/patron  
protection  
25  
25  
0
50  
50  
(sanitation  
and patron  
protection  
shall be  
included in  
all services)  
Laws and rules  
Personal hygiene  
Salon management  
Equipment safety  
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Anatomy and  
disorders  
25  
0
0
25  
0
Artistic principles  
30  
40  
0
0
0
30  
0
Braiding  
215  
255  
40  
techniques/extensions  
Occupational safety  
and health  
administration  
5
0
0
0
5
0
Unassigned hours  
0
35  
35  
0
Totals  
125  
240  
35  
400  
90  
History: 1998-2000 AACS.  
338.2163c Cosmetology instructor curriculum.  
Rule 63c. (1) In training a cosmetology instructor, a school shall give instruction  
pursuant to the following table:  
TABLE 6  
Theory  
Hours  
Practical Total Hours  
Hours  
Minimum practical  
applications  
Subject  
Orientation and review of the  
cosmetology curriculum  
25  
50  
75  
20  
Introduction to teaching  
30  
80  
0
30  
0
Course outlining and  
development  
85  
165  
20  
(a minimum of 5 services  
in each category)  
Lesson planning  
Teaching techniques  
Teaching aids  
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Developing, administering, and  
grading examinations  
Laws and rules  
15  
10  
75  
25  
75  
70  
15  
Record keeping  
School administration  
Teaching Assisting in the clinic  
and theory classrooms  
0
Practice teaching in the clinic  
and theory classrooms  
0
130  
130  
25  
Totals  
150  
350  
500  
150  
(2) A student, before enrolling in a cosmetology instructor curriculum, may be  
granted a maximum of 300 hours toward completion of the curriculum if the student  
provides proof to the school of both of the following;  
(a) Successful completion of a curriculum in any limited specialist instructor  
curriculum.  
(b) Possession of a current limited specialist instructor license.  
History: 1998-2000 AACS; 2004 AACS.  
R 338.2164 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS.  
R 338.2165 Rescinded.  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS.  
R 338.2166 Electrology instructor curriculum.  
Rule 66. In training an electrology instructor, a school shall give instruction  
pursuant to the following table:  
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Subject  
Theory Practical Total  
Minimum Practical  
Applications  
Hours  
Hours  
Hours  
Orientation and review of  
the curriculum  
10  
15  
25  
10  
Introduction to teaching  
30  
80  
0
30  
0
Course outlining and  
development  
85  
165  
20  
(a minimum of 5  
services in each  
category)  
Lesson planning  
Teaching techniques  
Teaching aids  
Developing,  
administering, and  
grading examinations  
Laws and rules  
Record keeping  
School administration  
Teaching  
15  
0
10  
55  
25  
55  
40  
15  
Assisting in the clinic and  
theory classrooms  
Practice teaching in the  
clinic and theory  
classrooms  
Totals  
135  
165  
300  
85  
History: 1979 AC; 1981 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 338.2167 Limited specialist manicuring instructor curriculum.  
Rule 67. In training a limited specialist manicuring instructor, a school shall give  
instruction pursuant to the following table:  
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TABLE 8  
Theory Practical Total  
Minimum Practical  
Applications  
Subject  
Hours  
Hours  
Hours  
Orientation and review of  
the curriculum  
10  
15  
25  
10  
0
Introduction to teaching  
30  
80  
0
30  
Course outlining and  
development  
Lesson planning