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Esthetician

Certificate
Esthetician

Program Overview

Esthetician is a certificate program. It provides knowledge and skill development in preventative skin care and treatments to keep skin healthy and attractive. You will receive training in:

  • skin care and facials
  • make-up and application techniques
  • eyebrow shaping
  • waxing and tinting
  • eyelash application and tinting
  • manicures
  • artificial nail application
  • pedicures
  • unwanted hair removal
  • colour consultation
  • specialized skin care

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in salons, spas and wellness centres.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
EstheticianEstheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations (6482)$21,900 - $37,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 39 weeks

Locations

  • Prince Albert

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level 'A' are required for occupational and/or clinical placement.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  •  Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$11,000

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Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BUS 100
Salon and Spa Operations
4
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You will develop an appreciation for the effort that goes into starting your own business. Your studies will develop your awareness of legal and labour regulations, protection required, financing, salon design and maintaining shop inventory and equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 100
Reception and Retail
4
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Your studies will focus on telephone skills, processing payments, maintaining records and opening and closing reception duties. You will practice your reception skills in the salon along with selling products and services, merchandising retail products and managing a salon.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 102
Manicuring and Pedicuring
2
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You will develop an understanding of the anatomy of hands and feet. Your studies will help you acquire an understanding of hand and nail care, diseases and disorders. You will practice giving manicures and pedicures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Equivalent Course(s): COSM 146
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 208
Skin Care and Makeup Techniques
3
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You will focus on a variety of methods and procedures that relate to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the skin. You will practice techniques in skin analysis, eyebrow arching, plain and specialized facials, waxing, ear piercing and brow and lash tinting. Lab experience will provide you with skill in a variety of make-up techniques that range from daytime to specialized. You will study skin diseases and disorders to assist you in selecting the most beneficial skin care products to suit the skin condition.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, SCI 107
Equivalent Course(s): COSM 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 214
Machine Applied Skin Care
1
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You will learn how to use and maintain many technical tools, such as galvanic and high frequency machines, to perform facial treatments. These will require special electrical and safety precautions. You will learn about the tools used during in-depth facials, as well as the role electricity plays in skin care.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, COSM 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 215
Specialized Facial Treatment, Set-up and Analysis
2
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You will be introduced to all aspects of facials, as well as the importance of recommending a homecare regimen. You will learn the importance of first impressions and professionalism in your work environment. You will be introduced to five standard skin types. You will then obtain and analyze essential data from the client, including a health history, in order to make accurate decisions about recommended services.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, COSM 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 216
Epilation
2
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Removing unwanted hair makes up a large part of a salon or spa's business. You will learn the hair removal procedures an esthetician is expected to know in the professional world. Your studies will focus on sanitation and tools for hair removal, as well as how hair growth has been viewed in various cultures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, COSM 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 217
Specialized Manicures and Pedicures
1
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You will learn specialized techniques that will allow you to expand the services you can offer your manicure and pedicure clients. You will practice several different types of treatments that will enhance your services.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 218
Nail Technology
6
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You will learn manicuring, pedicuring and artificial nail services for fashion-conscious clients. This course will teach you the many types of artificial nail extensions, nail art, nail maintenance and repair. In addition, you will learn about marketing and operating a nail business.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 219
Spa Body Treatments
2
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Your studies will focus on the rapidly growing field of spa body treatments, which is part of the preventative medicine and wellness movement. You will learn that facial treatments are very closely related to other services offered for the body. You will learn how to clean, stimulate, and hydrate skin on the rest of the body, besides the face.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 220
Make-up Artistry
1
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You will learn how to look at the natural beauty of the client and enhance or correct the facial features to give that person an overall pleasing look. You will be introduced to various looks that are created by make-up artists for theatrical, corrective and camouflage purposes. In addition, you will learn how to apply the theory of colour, set up a make-up station, consult with a client, and choose a product line.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 221
Advanced Clinical Skin Care
1
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You will learn how estheticians are becoming partners with physicians to jointly offer patients expanded clinical skin care services to complement their medical treatment. You will learn about protocols, advanced treatments, surgical procedures, medical documentation, patient education, product knowledge and contraindications. You will gain an understanding of what results are expected for each treatment and procedure.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 10.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COSM 222
Specialized Esthetic Treatments
3
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You will learn how to treat the many clients who seek the assistance of an esthetician for advanced skin care conditions, such as hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and acne. You will learn how to combine both medical salon treatments and home care to treat these conditions. Your studies will focus on what causes such conditions, what aggravates them, and what clears them. In addition, you will gain an understanding of how to treat ethnic skin, which is crucial in our culturally diverse society.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MSSG 200
Cosmetic Massage
1
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The course will explore the many varieties of massage techniques, as well as safety practices and proper protocols in doing a cosmetic body massage. You will learn how to apply massage services that meet high professional standards and the client's expectations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 209
Esthetics Customer Service Practicum 1
6
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You will become familiar with salon practices and gain experience in dealing with clients, reinforcing the skills you have practiced on each other. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 210
Esthetics Customer Service Practicum 2
6
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You will learn to become more efficient in your skills in dealing with clients and learning the best practices of salon client consultation. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 211
Esthetics Advanced Customer Service Practicum
2
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You will demonstrate mastery in all levels of evaluation. You will exhibit the characteristics and practices of a fully competent esthetician.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PSYC 100
Salon Psychology
2
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You will study various personality theories of psychologists. The course focuses on the practical salon application of these theories to salon situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SANT 105
Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene
1
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Your studies will focus on safety as it relates to salon and personal health and sanitation. You will receive instruction in the study of bacteriology. You will also study relevant safety concerns such as fire safety, health risks and diseases.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
SCI 107
Beauty Culture Sciences
5
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You will explore sciences as they relate to the beauty profession. The course content includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, trichology, nutrition and metric conversion.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): SCI 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SCI 201
Advanced Sciences
1
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Although estheticians are not qualified to treat skin diseases or medical conditions, they frequently come in contact with them and therefore need a basic understanding of these diseases and the drugs used to treat them. In addition to the basic chemical reactions that take place in the skin, you will gain a better understanding of over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs that affect the skin. You will learn their intended uses and how they work, along with information about new skin ingredients such as serums and polymers. An explanation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations is included.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Prerequisites(s): SCI 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SEM 103
Esthetics Seminar
0
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You will participate in field trip experiences to enrich your industry contacts, increase your product knowledge and learn about the latest technology and techniques in the field of esthetics. You will challenge your skills through competition.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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