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Universal Spa Training Academy will prepare you for life beyond the classroom doors. But before landing your dream stylist job, you must first pass the Illinois State Board Examination. Fortunately, our cosmetology team are trained to teach using a unique educational approach that addresses a full range of learning styles in every lesson and with every student. Whether you’re a visual learner or learn best hands-on, whether you're giving your first haircut or color service, USTA will help you feel confident and develop your style as an artist while preparing you to pass the state board examination and become a licensed cosmetologist. You're in good hands!

The 1500-hour Cosmetology training at USTA includes theory and practical instruction that prepares the student to perform all aspects of the cosmetology program. The training includes two types of learning: theoretical knowledge and practical experience to build the skills needed to be successful in the profession. The curriculum enhances skills needed to be successful: a thorough grounding in technique, artistry and business, plus career resources, advice, contacts and support. Full Time and Part Time schedules available.

LEARN with:

  • Online curriculum with digital and print materials
  • Premium styling tools
  • Mannequin heads
  • Guest artists
  • Live models and in-class demos


  • Business Skills
  • Retail Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Canvas Me Portfolio
  • Tiered Level Platforms
  • Salon Open Houses
  • Industry Events
  • Student Teams


  • Keratin Complex Training
  • Hair Extensions
  • Textured Hair
  • Art of Brows Courses
  • Aromatherapy
  • Entrepreneur Course
  • Multi-License Program
  • Externship Opportunities


To provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the State of Illinois licensing exam to become a licensed cosmetologist and to teach the business aspects of salon operation, management, and ownership.