Program Descriptions:

Estheticians specialize in skin care rather than hairstyling. With this job, you may manufacture, sell, or apply cosmetics. As highly trained specialists, estheticians provide preventive care for skin and offer treatments to keep skin healthy and attractive.

The esthetician is trained to detect skin problems that require medical attention. Along with skin care training that will include skin analysis, treatment and facial techniques; you will learn the skillful and artist application of cosmetics, healthful and healing body treatments and business practice.

Cosmotek College is a Dermalogica Partnership School. The professionals from International Dermal Institute will train our students on a regular basis on advanced topics with Dermalogica’s product segments and treatment protocols. The students will experience hands-on practical application using professional-grade products, learn how to build client connections and revenue from retail sales, and receive access to advanced postgraduate training when transitioning from student to professional.

Esthetics / Skin Care

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 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. Advanced topics will cover eyelash extension and electrotherapy.

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.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment / Supply List:

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.

  • Carrying duffel bag
  • Blood spill kit (biohazard bag, disposable gloves)
  • Paper towels
  • First aid kit (band-aids, anti-septic, alcohol wipes)
  • Trash bags
  • Scotch tape
  • Hospital EPA solution
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Wooden spatulas
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bottle (s) / Jar (s)
  • Facial brush
  • Facial cleanser
  • Tonic water
  • Facial lotion
  • Alovera masque gel
  • Cosmetic kit
  • Sponge wedges
  • Cosmetic brush set
  • Pencil sharpenr
  • Mascara wands
  • Stainless skincare tools
  • False eyelashes (individual)
  • False eyelashes (strip)
  • Lash adhesive
  • Cotton balls
  • Foam wedges
  • Hair band
  • Sponges, gauze, cotton rounds
  • Wet steam towel
  • Facial cleanser
  • Exfoliation product
  • Dermalogica kits:
  • Calming botanical mixer
  • Multivitamin Power Exfoliant
  • Exfoliant Accelerator 35
  • Colloidal masque base
  • Massage cream
  • Post extraction solution
  • Scaling fluit
  • Multi_Active toner
  • Active moist
  • Special cleansing gel
  • Ultracalming cleanser
  • Daily microfoliant
  • Solar defense booster spf 50
  • MultiVitamin power recovery masque
  • Precleanse

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Mode:

Technical instruction: is by way of instruction, demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, studying textbooks and related material, the writing of outlines, classroom use of audio and visual films, tapes, slides, projectors, computers, and examination.

Practical operations: is the actual performance by the student of complete services on another person or a mannequin.

Instructional techniques and methods: students will attend regularly scheduled theory classes (lecture), read assigned chapters of their text books, perform actual practical operations (services) on another person or a mannequin, and must take and pass assigned tests with a grade point average of 70% C or better.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES: Each class is an independent module.

FREQUENCY OF CLASS: We offer the program on open-enrollment basis, so you may start any day you wish and you can complete your training on a flexible schedule.

Learning Subjects:

Subjects Breakdown Technical Instruction Min. Practical Operations
Health and Safety 200 hours
Laws and Regulations The subject of Laws and Regulations shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board’s Rules and Regulations. 10
Health and Safety Consideration The subject of Health and Safety shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Training in chemicals and health in establishments, material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. Chemical composition and purpose of cosmetic and skin care preparation. Elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels, physical and chemical changes of matter. Electrical current, principles of operating electrical devices, and the various safety precautions used when operating electrical equipment. 40
Disinfection & Sanitation The subject of Disinfection and Sanitation shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. Proper disinfection procedures.
Disinfection shall be emphasized throughout the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment.
Anatomy and Physiology The subjects of Anatomy and Physiology shall include, but is not limited to the following issues: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Bacteriology, skin analysis and conditions. 15
Facials 350
Manual, Electrical, and Chemical Facials The subject of manual, electrical and chemical facials shall include, but is not limited to the following techniques and procedures: Manual Facials including cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks. Electrical Facials include the use of electrical modalities, 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. Chemical Facials include chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only the non-living, uppermost layers of facial skin, known as the 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. 70 140
Facial Preparation Client consultation, intake procedures, contraindications, professionalism, client record keeping, pre and post-operative care, CPR/AED, salon and spa skills. 15
Hair Removal and Make-Up 50
Eyebrow Beautification The subject of Eyebrow Beautification shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: Eyebrow shaping and hair removal techniques, hair analysis, waxing, tweezing, manual or electrical depilatories. 25 50
Make-Up The subject of Make-up shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: Skin analysis, basic and corrective application, application of false eyelashes. 20 40
Advanced Facials
Eyelash Extension and Electrotherapy skincare 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. 40 80