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.

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. 

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.

“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.

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: 600 clock hours

Prerequisite: None

Esthetics – Topics and Required Clock Hours for Theory and Practical

Subject CoversTechnical InstructionMin. Practical Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facial Preparation
Client consultation, intake procedures, contraindications, professionalism, client record keeping, pre and post operative care, CPR/AED, salon and spa skills.
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.
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.
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.