Program: ESTH
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Clinical Placements
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2023, Winter 2024
Location: Barrie


In this program, students are prepared with the knowledge, skills and professional competencies required for the Esthetics Industry. Students in this program are able to provide spa modalities, such as make up and specialized skin, body and hand/foot treatments. In addition, business applications required to run a small business are emphasized. This program has been designed with the intent to academically prepare students for international testing and to inspire a passion for the health and wellness industry.

Career Opportunities

An esthetician has many opportunities for employment in the health and wellness industry. Graduates of this program may work in a variety of spas, such as day and resort spas, destination and cruise ship spas, salons, and health and wellness establishments. In addition, graduates are prepared for possible employment in many other areas such as in product sales, distributing and retailing of products, product education, spa reception and management, contracting, self employment and consulting positions, pharmaceutical industries, and Dermatologist and Plastic Surgery offices.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions and supporting client needs (including and not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal, and make up applications);
  2. use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry, and other related standards, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  3. apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and histology to the provision of specialized esthetic treatments and services;
  4. adhere to health, safety, sanitation, and infection and prevention control guidelines, according to current legislation and national, provincial, municipal, and industry standards and regulations, and employ environmentally sustainable practices as set out within the industry;
  5. identify business skills and apply basic entrepreneurial strategies necessary for the successful establishment and operation of an esthetic business;
  6. select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients, taking into account health status and identified needs;
  7. establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession;
  8. develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in accordance with professional standards and ethics;
  9. determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry change.

External Recognition

The college and spa clinic are members of Leading Spas of Canada and CIDESCO International. As a member the program follows the policies outlined by these associations. Graduates of this program meet the core competencies to apply for the CIDESCO Diplomat Examination. Successful candidates can use the international designation "CIDESCO Diplomat".

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2023
  • Sem 2: Winter 2024
  • Sem 3: Fall 2024
  • Sem 4: Winter 2025

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2024
  • Sem 2: Summer 2024
  • Sem 3: Fall 2024
  • Sem 4: Winter 2025


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

It is required that students have Standard First Aid prior to participating in the Spa Clinic. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the permit status is valid for the duration of their time in the program.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Health Canada Guideline Routine Practices and Additional Precautions for Preventing the Transmission of Infection in Health Care and the Ontario Hospital Association/Ontario Medical Association Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols for Ontario Hospitals. Completion and submission of this record is required prior to clinic placement. Please visit Esthetician webpage for a complete list of permit requirements at

During lab and clinics, students are not permitted to wear jewelry and must adhere to the professional decorum policy as described in the student handbook. Students are required to purchase uniforms, a student kit containing implements to be used during the course of the program and a make up kit.

Graduation Requirements

16 Program Courses
3 Clinical Placements
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses
SPAE 1001 Cosmetic Product Knowledge 42
SPAE 1002 Fundamentals of Esthetic Sciences 42
SPAE 1003 Fundamentals of Spa Treatments 42
SPAE 1013 Fundamentals of Spa Treatments Lab 70
SPAE 1014 Esthetic Professionalism 28
Communications Course
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses
SPAE 1006 Principles of Esthetic Sciences 42
SPAE 1012 Spa Treatments Theory 42
SPAE 1015 Spa Treatments Practice 84
SPAE 1016 Artificial Nail Technologies 56
SPAE 1009 Spa Clinic 84
General Education Course
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses
SPAE 2000 Nutrition for the Skin Therapist 42
SPAE 2001 Advanced Esthetic Services 42
SPAE 2011 Advanced Esthetic Practices 70
SPAE 2013 Cosmetic Applications 42
SPAE 2004 Esthetic Clinic 84
Communications Course
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses
SPAE 2006 Holistic and Body Therapies 56
SPAE 2007 Skin and Body Applications 84
SPAE 2012 Introduction to Spa Management and Entrepreneurship 42
SPAE 2008 Advanced Esthetic Clinic 84
General Education Course
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1288

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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