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Participants will gain the formal training to work in the spa industry and will attain sound knowledge around the operation of a salon business. This program prepares students to become a qualified professional in the Esthetics Industry. Students participate in 800 hours of full-time education that includes a combination of theoretical and practical skills.  Related theoretical content will be delivered through lectures, demonstrations and various teaching aids in the classroom and will be continuously integrated into the practical work.  Students will cover topics such as skin care, facials, hair removal, make-up design, face and body treatments and massage.  Students will also learn about the salon business, professional development and personal development. Students will have an authentic industry experience training in a fully equipped spa where treatments are offered to the public.

Upon successful completion of this program students will be prepared to write the B.C. Beauty Council licensing examinations.

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Program Outline 



Module Name and Description



ESTH 001

Career Essentials - Personal Development, Professional

Development and Business Basics

An orientation to esthetics as a career. Topics include: self-care, effective communication, professional conduct and ethics, career building, and starting and operating a business.



ESTH 002

The Science of Skin Care –An introduction to the science of skin

care, focusing on skincare ecology. Topics include: microbiology, infection control, first aid, anatomy and basic structure and function of body systems.



ESTH 003

The Science of Skin Care II - A continuation of ESTH 002.

Topics include: biochemical components of the body and skin, properties of cosmetic products, skin physiology, and orientation to electrical equipment.



ESTH 004

Treatments and Services - An introduction to treatments.

Topics include: manicures, pedicures, hair removal, and eyelash/eyebrow tinting.



ESTH 005

Treatments and Services II - A continuation of ESTH 004,

focusing on facials and back treatments. Also includes discussion of client contact before and after services are performed, client education, and follow-up care.



ESTH 006

Make-up: Make-up Design & Make-up Services An introduction

to makeup services. Topics include: colour, makeup design, products, makeup procedures and techniques, and safety precautions.



ESTH 007

Advanced Treatments And Massage 85 hours

An introduction to advanced face and body treatments, massage techniques, advanced therapies, and spa treatments. Topics include: understanding different treatments, contraindications, and techniques used.


1 & 2

ESTH 008

Practical Clinic 500 hours

Skill practice in a supervised clinic setting. Also includes guest presenters, site visits, demonstrations, and other practical learning opportunities.




Total Program Hours:


Career Opportunities 

The Esthetics industry offers a dynamic and flexible work setting. As an Esthetics Professional graduates of this program will have the skills and capabilities to work in any of the following settings:

  • Day Spa
  • Hair Salon
  • Private home business
  • Sales and promotion
  • Make-up artist in performing arts industry
Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 graduation OR Mature Student OR Dual Credit Students
  • English 10 or equivalent
  • Math 10 or equivalent

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Location Start Date End Date
Smithers Feb 4, 2019 Aug 2, 2019
Terrace Fall 2020*  

*Future planned intakes may be subject to change.  Please check back to confirm availability.

Program Fees 
FEES Full-time (26 weeks)
Tuition: $6,630.00
*Student Union Fees: $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $185.12
Total Tuition: $6,898.16
Additional Costs  
**Books: $275.00
**Student Kit: $1400.00


Tuition and Fees are effective August 7th, 2018

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary.