To become a cosmetologist, barber, esthetician, manicurist and/or instructor trainee takes hard work, dedication and much determination. Success will require that we be more than “who we are” right now. It is not enough to just “try” our best. We have to do what is really needed. This will require skill, knowledge, vision and a new spirit of empowerment. We at GP Institute of Cosmetology have, over the years, designed and developed the curriculum with teaching techniques to aid and assist you in becoming productive and embarking upon a most exciting and profitable future. ***This catalog is designed to explain in simple terms everything a potential student or other interested parties may want to know regarding this Institute and its functions. Should you need further and additional information, or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the following:

Gomonie Overbey

Mission Statement

My mission is to prepare multicultural individuals in the innovative art of total self-preparation in a career of cosmetology and Barbering. It will therefore provide businesses with a high-caliber of cosmetologist available for permanent work.

My purpose is to enhance individuals by providing, life skills, communication skills, people skills, listening skills financial literacy, time management, taxes and business skills as they move from dependency to self-sufficiency.

For your Information

The following information is provided in accordance with the state law regulating Cosmetology and Barbering schools in the State of Missouri.

  1.  Upon signing your enrollment agreement you are acknowledging the receipt of a copy of the Enrollment Agreement, Disclosure Statement, Institute Catalog, Course Outlines, Policies and Rules of the School, Entrance Counseling Guide.
  2. The Institute is required to maintain a minimum of One (1) Instructor to Twenty (20) Students in attendance.
  3. The Institute is required to maintain all Students’ final records for a minimum of Three (3) years, *ALL VA STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE MAINTAINED FOR A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS.

Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction

The current state law regulating Cosmetology, Barbering, Manicuring and Esthetics requires license applicants to divulge any prior criminal history at the time of application. If a person has a criminal record they may be delayed in taking their examination or denied altogether. Conversely, having a criminal record does not automatically deny a person the opportunity to become licensed.

Unfortunately, we are unable to determine which convictions would cause delays, or denials in licensing. This process is conducted by the Investigations Unit of the State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and has taken an average of 6 weeks per application. The State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners does not have authority to review these cases prior to enrolling in school and has to wait until a person has completed school and has applied for their license.

CAUTION: Any person who does not answer truthfully is subject to permanent denial of licensing

Curriculum Development History

GP Institute of Cosmetology regularly surveys its graduates, their employers and our advisory committee to determine if our curriculum is providing a graduate the skills and preparation for entering the workforce and maintaining employment. Therein, the Institute reserves the right to amend its course(s) content in order to maintain a current and comprehensive curriculum at all times. Any such changes will come without added cost to the students enrolled at the time of the change.

The Missouri State Law on Cosmetology, Manicuring, Esthetics Barbering and describes a basic outline of minimum curriculum content the Institute must teach. This language is established for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public. We have added to the basic outline to include those subjects we believe to more directly influence the success opportunity of our graduates. In addition to the minimum required by State law, our curriculum has been developed with input from:

  • Cosmetology School
  • Owners Salon
  • Owners Students
  • Beauty Product Manufacturers
  • Stylists
  • Beauty Supply Companies

The key word is Successful. In designing our curriculum, the backbone of our educational programs, it is imperative that we structure an attitude, a philosophy, of Always Getting Better, into our Institute and its graduates. This means keeping in touch and listening to those who are successful.

How we compare to Traditional College

Our Institute has a continuous enrollment vs. quarterly or semester start dart dates. Therefore we can start classes more frequently; when you are ready! And, our enrollment periods are shorter too. As noted in this handbook, we have very few school holidays. Our schedule is more in line with the time expectations of being employed. We do not take extended days off for Spring Break, Summer Break, or Christmas Break. This schedule allows our students to get through their training in as little time as necessary and get them on the job in one-half to two-thirds the time of public and certain private schools offering the same program.

Our enrollment is much smaller than that of traditional institutes; and, our daily attendance is more intensive. Therein, we have considerable more contact with each student and have the time to bond and understand the specific learning needs for the individual. Our students receive first-hand attention in developing their skills and communication habits.

Attendance Is the Main Factor for Success

In Our opinion, a high rate of attendance is the single largest contributor to success in our Institute and the profession. Therefore, we utilize reasonable attendance standards that reflect employment expectations.

Students who apply for admission and meet our enrollment criteria accepted for registration and then need only to complete the enrollment process. After enrollment, students earn continued enrollment by making satisfactory progress as established by Institute policy. Satisfactory progress is maintaining minimum academic and practical grades and meeting the attendance standards of the school. See the section, Satisfactory Progress.

Student attending our Institute through the benefits of Federal Financial Aid are, by federal rules, expected to earn these benefits by making Satisfactory Progress through their course of study. Progress is determined by the rates of attendance and academic grades a student earns while in school. If a student falls below progress standards, it means that are not earning their Financial Aid. Students who do not make progress in accordance with the Satisfactory Progress Policy will not receive Financial Aid.

Therefore, before enrolling in school, it is extremely important for each and every student to understand and prepare for the expectations of progress they will face while enrolled in school.

How will you meet your living expenses while enrolled in school?

Do you have a budget?

Can you stick to a budget?

Who will be watching your children while enrolled in school?

  • Family?
  • Licensed day care?
  • How about 2 or 3 backups?

Do you have any educational, skin, physical or emotional problems, that would complicate your enrollment?

Do you have the support of your family and friends about your training?

Are you sure?

These are a few questions you need to review, and seriously consider your answers before enrolling in school. We ask you to go through this exercise so you can address the main reasons students drop out of school. If you can manage these issues while enrolled you will have a better chance of completing training and becoming successful in our profession.

To help students prepare for the workplace, the Institute uses policies and rules common to the salon industry. The attendance policy of the salon is the most important policy to be able to comply with. Late arrivals, absences, leaving early and other interruptions in the salon are unacceptable and the most common reason for termination from employment. Likewise, in training, these events have a significant impact on scholastic and practical achievement. All students are expected to be in attendance as specified in the enrollment agreement.

Curriculum Presentation

It should be understood by all applicants that every phase of the courses we teach has been founded, developed and proven through sound application of certain basic techniques. It is our desire to see that our curriculum be presented a consistently as possible from class to class. Each Instructor will teach these foundations as they can best convey the instructional content to their class. If differences should occur, and they assuredly will, the student is encouraged to make a major effort to learn these varied techniques from the different instructional approaches. Such successful efforts will result in the student being capable of achieving the desired result from more than one approach. And, hence, a more seasoned and flexible professional capable of meeting the varied demands from the consumers of our services. We ask this cooperation for the long-range educational benefit of the student.

Effort to Progress

Should the occasion arise for a student to balk at learning a particular subject or technique we encourage the student to discuss their concerns with a staff member. However, our curriculum is not subject to being modified on the basis of personal student interests. Our mission is to teach students those basic skills that will allow them to progress toward “advanced” education. And, while students have the opportunity to learn additional methods and use of tools, they must first demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and practical skill competency of our curriculum before moving to advanced skills.

GP Institute of Cosmetology is a unique institution. We offer individual courses in cosmetology, barbering and instructor training; it was established at its present location in 2013. The institute’s emphasis is on modern techniques, which include, but not limited to: haircutting, coloring, permanent waving, styling, iron thermal curling, facials, waxing, and eyelash placement, just to mention a small portion of services. Our location is 11730 West Florissant Ave, Florissant MO. We have our own 40 stall parking lot available for those who drive. These conveniences provide students a steady flow of business and clinic floor experience. The population in this area offers a wide variety of clients on which to work; another added advantage for the students. (We do not have the facilities to offer room and board during your training with us.)

Enrollment starting Dates

The Institute starts a new class approximately every ten (10) weeks. Instructor Trainees must hold a current license.

Requirement for Students:

20 CSR 2085-12.035 Requirements for Students

PURPOSE: This rule establishes qualifications and requirements for students.

(1) It shall be the responsibility of the school to submit to the board at least two (2) weeks prior to the anticipated date of students training the following:

(A) A completed student application for admission to Students training;
(B) Pursuant to section 328.080, RSMo, a medical examination form;
(C) Proof of age—copy of a birth certificate or driver’s license (applicant must be seventeen (17) years of age by the time application is made for
(D) Two (2) small two inch square (2″ X 2″) passport photographs of the student; and
(E) Applicable fee.

(2) Upon board approval of a student application for admission to training, the board shall issue to the school a student registration which shall be conspicuously posted at each student’s work station.

(3) Upon a successfully completed course of Students training, provided the board is in receipt of a completed student transcript and student registration, the student may apply for the examination by submitting to the board at least fourteen (14) days prior to examination date, a completed application and applicable fee.

(4) Upon graduation from Students training, the student registration to work under the supervision of a licensed Students operating in a current licensed Students establishment may be extended by the board to ten (10) days following the date of the first available examination for licensure. Extended student registration shall be posted in front of the working chair. Extended student registration shall be received by the board upon its expiration.

(5) No training received in a school may be credited towards the fulfillment of the hours necessary in an apprenticeship program and no training received in a barber establishment may be credited towards the hours necessary in a school to meet the minimum requirements necessary to qualify for a state examination.

AUTHORITY: sections 328.120 and 329.025.1, RSMo Supp. 2006.* Original rule filed Aug. 1, 2007, effective Feb. 29, 2008.

*Original authority: 328.120, RSMo 1939, amended
1947, 1951, 1959, 1981, 1993, 1995, 2005; and 329.025, RSMo 2005

20 CSR 2085-12.035 Requirements for Barber Students

Statement of Non-Discrimination

GP Institute of Cosmetology, in its admission, instruction and graduation practices, does not discriminate on the basis of race, area of origin, sex, religion, financial status, age, ethnic origin, marital status disability or residence.

Transfer Students

GP Institute of Cosmetology does not solicit transfer students from other institutes. Our policy is to interview transfer students only if they submit a copy of their formal withdrawal from another institution. GP Institute does not guarantee the transferability of its credits to any other institution. Students having previous training at another institution may apply those credits for licensure; however GP Institute reserves the right to accept any or none of the credits towards training at our Institute. Transfer credit hours that are accepted from another Institute will be accepted toward the student’s educational program are counted as both attempted and completed. Incompletes, repetitions and non-credit remedial courses have no effect upon the institution’s satisfactory academic progress standards.

GP Institute of Cosmetology may accept credit hours and operations accrued by the student in another institution under the following conditions:

  1.  A signed transcript prepared by the institution
  2.  All transcripts must have the name of the institution on them.
  3.  The institute will require students to take a practical exam to determine the amount of hours to be transferred.

Note all hours from previous institutes may not be acceptable, only those hours, which are applicable to the State of Missouri, will be considered. Prior related education and/or experience of all veteran students will be reviewed and appropriate credit given.

State Requirements

The state’s basic requirements are completion of 1,500 clock hours in cosmetology and 1,000 hours in barbering, in a state certified approved cosmetology/barbering institute. Students shall meet the minimum required hours, regardless of hours, for eligibility to receive a certificate. A minimum grade of 80% will be earned only after requirements are fulfilled. Additional hours earned and/or added to the above requirements may be recognized in some manner, at the discretion of the institute. Required hours are to be completed on institute premised.

Grading System

Through written and practical examinations given throughout the course of training, the school will use a 100 percentile method of assigning grades to student’s records. The minimum passing percentage for any evaluation shall be 80%. To equate a percent based score to a rate of progress the Institute has adopted the following ratings base on ranges of scores achieved.

Academic & Practical Grading Scale

Superior 93 – 100%
Above Average 84-92%
Average 83 – 80%
Failing Below 80%

Students must achieve an 80% cumulative grade average to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. (See Satisfactory Progress Policy herein.)

Practical progress is measured regularly in the categories of the curriculum that apply to each student studies. Students must pass all subjects prior to graduation.

Honesty in Training

In order for the Institute to maximize the learning environment for all students, we insist on honesty in all processes of education. Our experience concludes that dishonesty creates significant turmoil amongst students and instructional staff alike.

Therefore, any actions that involve dishonesty in testing, recording of attendance, self-representation, evaluation processes, possession of property, and gross violations of the policies of the institute, shall result in the student being terminated from the institute; and when appropriate, filing of civil and criminal complaints.

Practical Training Requirements

The practical training subject outlined in this catalog and attached addendums describe what the student will be learning in their course of study. Each student is responsible to pursue all the areas of their course and achieve a passing score in all areas at the various points of evaluations during their enrollment. The student is informed in advance of the expectations of each segment of evaluation Successful completion of each evaluation is required for continued enrollment, financial aid eligibility if applicable, and subsequent graduation.

Creditable Hours

The State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners requires the Institute record creditable hours towards graduation requirements for students. For a student to be credited time of attendance in school they must be involved throughout the day in some portion of the institute’s curriculum. Example: Student is in attendance for 7.5 hours. Staff observes the student involved with the curriculum for 6 hours and visiting, wandering around, etc. for 1.5 hours. Lunch and breaks are not creditable time periods.

Time Recording System

The Institute uses a time clock system and a monthly time sheet for recording attendance and meeting state minimum attendance requirements for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to use the systems in accordance with that policy to accurately record their attendance. Improper use will result in student hours not being recorded as earned attendance and be a basis for student suspension or termination from the Institute.

Student Records and Rights of Privacy:

All student records will be maintained by administration. Only administration may have access to these files. If a student wishes to review his/her files,  he/she may do so in the presence of an administration staff member. If the student is a dependent minor, the parents may have access to the student’s file. In this event, the Administrator will assist the parent while interpreting the contents of the file. No information will be released to any party without the written consent of the student, except under subpoena or in accordance with state or federal laws or funding programs. If that situation occurs, every attempt will be made to contact the student. Each student is responsible for signing and completing their own hours.
The Institute does not publish “directory information” on students. The institute does permit access to student and other institute records as required for any accreditation process initiated by the institution of by NACCAS or in response to a directive of the Commission.


Transcripts service is provided within the requirements of the institute policy on student rights of privacy. Such services shall have a fee of $10.00 to $40.00 payable prior to the transcript being mailed to the student or their assignee. This policy does not apply to Financial Aid Transcripts.

Make-up Work

It will be the student’s responsibility to maintain satisfactory academics in class. Practical make-up will be assigned as the Instructor’s schedule allows. Attendance and pursuit of the course is most important during the training period. Efforts to “catch-up” the excessively absent student takes the Instructor away from the rest of the class.

Therefore, to provide the maximum learning opportunity for the class, student’s missing excessive time and not maintaining educational progress during their training may be temporarily withdrawn by the Institute and, automatically enrolled in an upcoming class. At such time the returning student is required to repeat the training period in its entirety. Students on an approved Leave of Absence are exempt from this requirement.

Books and Equipment

Books and equipment required for training are provided by the school at cost and once issued are not returnable and fully chargeable to the students’ account. Book and equipment needs of transfer student will be determined on an individual basis.

Search & Seizure

In order to provide a safe and secure learning environment, the owners of GP Institute of Cosmetology authorize the administration, and their designees, while protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of all, to conduct searches based on reasonable suspicion and to work cooperatively with the local police and authorities in accordance with Missouri State Law.

Graduation Standards

The Institute has set for the minimum standards of course completion and graduation for our programs.

Satisfaction of admission requirements stated herein.

Attendance in our Institute for a minimum of 1,500 hours for Cosmetology, 1,000 for Barbering and 600 for Instructor Training programs is required.

Demonstrating satisfactory competency in all practical areas of the curriculum and academic assignments established the Institute.

Payment in full of all initial tuition and fees and subsequent fees, i.e., over contract, library, equipment, etc., in accordance with the terms of the contract.

Exit interview with each student prior to graduation. If the student is a recipient of a Federal student loan or institutional loan of like nature it is the responsibility of the student to make an appointment with the Financial Aid office for such interview prior to graduation.

Successful completion of the institute’s written and practical examinations and successful completion of the institute’s final written and practical examinations.

Upon successful completion of all Institute graduation requirements the student is issued a graduation diploma and will be eligible to apply for the appropriate state examinations for licensing.

Employment Assistance Counseling

Although GP Institute of Cosmetology considers the success of its programs as they relate to the individual student, we make no guarantee written or implied, of job availability or assurance upon any student completing our course and  becoming licensed and do not guarantee employment. However, as part of preparing students for the professional world, the following services are available to individual students:

Job listings are placed on the student board in the break room for self-directed students to review. As opportunities are presented, they are placed on the board. GP Institute does not discourage students from seeking employment in the industry with other salons or companies.

Personal Property Liability

Lockers are available for storage of personal property. Students may have access to the lockers providing they comply with the school policy on usage. Random searches of institute lockers and their contents have a positive impact on deterring violation of institute rules and regulations, ensure proper maintenance of school property and provide greater safety and security for pupils and personnel.

Personal belongings left at the institute for more than thirty (30) days will become the property of the Institute. The Institute will not be responsible for personal belongings of the student.

Counseling Services

The administration is available for discussion and to advise students. When a student actively pursues advice from a member of Faculty or Administration regarding personal issues, a recommendation will be offered to seek a licensed counselor. Where possible, the institute will cooperate with students about issues that relate to their success in the program. GP Institute of Cosmetology does not provide psychological assessment or counseling to students in any manner or capacity.

Course Outlines

BASIC COSMETOLOGY – 1500 CLOCK HOURS (43 WEEKS), Courses begin every 10 weeks
The primary purpose of the Cosmetology Course is to train the student in the basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, proper work habits and desirable attitudes necessary to pass the State Board examination and for competency in job entry level positions in Cosmetology or related career fields.

Upon completion of the course requirements, the determined graduate will be able to: Project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence. Practice proper grooming and effective communications skills and visual poise. Understand employer-employee relationships and respect the need to deliver worthy service for value received. Perform the basic manipulative skills including hair styling, shaping, bleaching, tinting, chemical reformation, scalp/hair conditioning, facials, manicures and pedicures Perform the basic analytical skills to determine proper makeup, hairstyle and color application for the client’s best overall look. Apply the theory, technical information and related matter to assure sound judgments, decisions and procedures.

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