Esthetics / Skin Care

Program Descriptions:

Training requirements for applicants to California State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Examination. Development of professional skills and attitudes relative to an Esthetic career. Successful graduates will have the skills and knowledge to pass the State Board and secure entry-level employment.

If you have passion for beauty and skin care, then choosing a rewarding career as an esthetician is for you

The curriculum for students enrolled in an esthetician course shall consist of six hundred (600) clocked hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology. Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include: Chemistry of skin care, Physiology & Dermatology, Bacteriology, Sterilization & Sanitation, Machinery, types and purpose, Introduction to class="td-text-align-center"skin care, Skin Care, massage, masks, extractions, Makeup, contouring, color, effects, Eyebrow & Lashes, arches, application, tints, Hair Removal, tweezing, waxing, depilatories, Safety, machinery, treatments, makeup, Professional & personality development, Management, Salesmanship & Marketing, State Statutes & Rules.

Educational Goals:

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California Esthetician establishment
  • Receive advanced hands-on training in the facial arts including facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, makeup artistry, eyebrow beautification, eyelash extension, and electrotherapy skin care.
  • Understand sterilization procedures
  • Evaluate clients’ skin condition and appearance
  • Understand products and client consultation
  • Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to Esthetician including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and theory relative to practical procedures performed
  • Discuss available treatments and determine which products will improve clients’ skin quality
  • Get trained by high quality educators
  • Refer clients to another skincare specialist, such as a dermatologist, for serious skin problems
  • Business and marketing skills to start and run a business.
  • Life-time job placement support
  • Free advanced training (electrotherapy skincare and eyelash extension) that might cost thousands of dollars at other institutions:
    • Skin analysis with woodlamp
    • Desincrustation (galvanic current)
    • Iontophoresis (galvanic current)
    • Direct high frequency
    • Indirect high frequency (venese massage)
    • Deep pore cleansing (galvanic current, machine brush, vacuum)
    • Microdermabrasion
    • Led light (red, blue, green, yellow)
    • Sonophoresis (ultrasound)
    • Microcurrent current


As a licensed esthetician, you can choose from a wide range of career options: salon or day spa esthetician; medical esthetician working for cosmetic surgeon’s office, dermatologist’s office, a medi-spa, a hospital or clinic, a laser center; makeup artist; manufacturer’s representative; salesperson or sales manager; cosmetics buyer; esthetics writer or editor; educator; state licensing inspector or examiner; state board member; researcher.

woman enjoying feel refreshed after facial
"If you have passion for beauty and skin care, then choosing a rewarding career as an esthetician is for you"

Instructional Resources:

Text Books, Notebook, Pens and pencils. Text Book: Milady’s standard fundamentals for estheticians, latest edition. Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning. Notes from class lectures, supplemental material handed out in classes, school library and class demonstrations.

esthestician using products on relaxed client's face

Professional Kit

  • 100% cotton 16 x 27 salon towels
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Baggie labeled “soiled implements”
  • Baggies labeled “blood spill”
  • Baggies labeled “pre sanitized implements”
  • Band Aids
  • Blood spill kit
  • Bottle labeled Hand sanitizer**
  • Bottle labeled toner**
  • Cleansing Sponges
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Disposable eye shadow applicators
  • Disposable lip brushes
  • Disposable mascara brushes
  • EPA Disinfectant
  • Esti wipes
  • Facial brush
  • Facial Cap
  • First aid tape
  • Gloves
  • Head Band
  • Jar labeled massage cream
  • Labeled bottle for astringent
  • Labeled jar for mask
  • Labeled jar for moisturizer
  • Labeled jar for wax
  • Makeup pencil sharpener
  • Paper towels
  • Small wooden Spatulas
  • Spatulas
  • Spray bottle labeled EPA Disinfectant
  • Trash bags
  • Triangle wedge sponges
  • Tweezers
  • Wax strips

Course Length: 500 clock hours

Prerequisite: None

Esthetics - Topics and Required Clock Hours for Theory and Practical
Subject Covers Technical Instruction Min. Practical Operations
The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board's Rules and Regulations 10
Chemistry 20
Health and Safety / Hazardous Substances 20
Theory of Electricity 10
Disinfection and Sanitation 10 10
Bacteriology, Anatomy, and Physiology 30
Facials 70 160
Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal 10 50
Make-up 20 40
Machines 40
Massage 30 20
State Board Exam Preparation 20 20
Esthetic Careers and Salon Management 20
Microdermabrasion, Advanced Facial
Waxing Techniques, High Frequency Machine, Galvanic Machines, Extraction
Eyelash Extension 10
Electrotherapy Skincare 40

Subject Definition:

The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board’s Rules and Regulations

Subject covers: Board examinations, licenses, disciplinary proceedings, Administrative fines and Citations, Health and Safety.

Chemistry pertaining to the practices of an Esthetician

Shall include training in chemical composition and purpose of cosmetic and skin care preparation. Shall also include the elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels, physical, and chemical changes of matter.

Health and safety/Hazardous Substances

duties of cosmetologists to protect clients, who may be affected by the hazards of their work involving substances hazardous to health, including biological agents.

Theory of Electricity in Cosmetology

shall include the nature of electrical current, principles of operating electrical devices, and the various safety precautions used when operating electrical equipment.

Disinfection and sanitation

Shall include procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. The ten required minimum operations shall entail performing all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Sections 979 and 980. Disinfection should be emphasized through-out the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment

Bacteriology, anatomy and physiology

Understanding infection control, bacteriology, and how the human body functions as an integrated whole.


Manual: shall include cleansing, scientific, manipulations, packs, and masks Electrical: shall include the use of all electrical modalities, including dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes. However, machines capable of producing an electrical current shall not be used to stimulate so as to contract, or for the purpose of contracting, the muscles of the body or face

Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal

shall include the use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair. Chemicals: shall include chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only non-living, upper-most layers of facial skin, known as that epidermis may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification. All practical operations must be performed in accordance with section 992 regarding skin peeling.


understanding of facial machines so estheticians can operate the machines safely, provide the best results for their clients, and enhance their service menu.


thorough understanding of facial massage as it is another foundational service that enhances product effectiveness, has both mental and physical benefits, and provides relaxation.

Esthetics Career and Salon Management

Learning business knowledge to better manage your career and professional finances, as well as your business practices.

Microdermabrasion, Advanced Facial

Chemical exfoliation, microdermabrasion, light therapy, clinical skin care and spa body treatments are just some of the specialized services estheticians are expected to be knowledgeable about, including the benefits and contraindications of the treatments.

Electrotherapy Skincare

Advanced topics and hands-on for estheticians to be able to employed immediately after passing the exam.