Diploma Program Overview
The Blue Cliff College Esthetics Diploma program is designed to provide the scientific knowledge, artistic principles and hands-on practice needed to become a skincare professional. Students are introduced to industry professional standards, to aspects of personal and career development and to the legal and ethical responsibilities of workers who interact physically with the public. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the licensing exam required for an Esthetician.
What Does An Esthetician Do?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, estheticians give facials, full-body treatments, and may provide other skincare treatments such as peels, masks, or scrubs. Estheticians may perform some or all of the following duties¹:
- Evaluate clients’ skin condition and appearance
- Discuss available treatments and determine which products will improve clients’ skin quality
- Remove unwanted hair, using wax, lasers, or other approved treatments
- Clean the skin before applying makeup
- Disinfect equipment and clean work areas
- Recommend skincare products, such as cleansers, lotions, or creams
- Teach and advise clients on how to apply makeup, and how to take care of their skin
- Refer clients to another skincare specialist, such as a dermatologist, for serious skin problems
Blue Cliff College’s Esthetics program offers you technical knowledge and hands-on skills you may need to work as an Esthetician.
How Long Is Esthetics School?
The normal completion time for the day program is six and a half months. The normal completion time for the evening program is nine months and three weeks. Upon successful completion of the program and all other graduation requirements, a diploma in Esthetics will be awarded.
What Will You Learn In Esthetics School?
Blue Cliff’s approach provides a simulated environment that enables students to develop the skills and knowledge that can lead to an entry-level career in Esthetics. Graduates of this program are eligible to take examinations required for licensure as an Esthetician.
- Introduction to Esthetics: course includes the history of esthetics, EPA and OSHA regulations, facility sanitation, scientific study of skin and skin problems, and more.
- Intermediate Esthetics: course includes how to perform a skin analysis, basic facials and treatments and how to perform spa massage techniques, and more.
- Advanced Esthetics: course includes the application of body exfoliation, body tanning, deep cleansing back treatment and slimming body wraps, and more.
- Makeup and Hair Removal: course includes basic makeup procedures for any occasion, utilizing hair removal equipment, tools and accessories, and more.
- Spa Management and Professional Development: course includes the skills to successfully manage the daily and long-term challenges of the spa business.
- 3 courses focusing on skills enhancement training: courses allow the student to sharpen esthetics skills in various areas that they have received instruction while reviewing for the State Board Certification Exam.
The licensed esthetician might consult and perform procedures such as analyzing customer’s skincare needs, discussing treatments and products, performing facials, advising on skincare and makeup techniques and promoting skincare products.
Where Do Estheticians Work?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook estheticians typically work full time and many work evenings and weekends².
The top five employers of estheticians are:
- 47% – Personal Care Services
- 28% – Self-Employed Workers
- 9% – Physicians Office
- 7% – Health and Personal Care Stores
- 3% – Traveler Accommodations
After Esthetician school, employment opportunities for graduates who achieve licensure as professional estheticians may include spa settings, salons, cruise ships, department stores, representatives of product lines and many other settings.
What Is The Job Outlook For An Esthetician?
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Estheticians to grow 29 percent from 2020 to 2030³.
Esthetician Training Near Me
Our Esthetics diploma program is available at the following campus locations:
A Branch of Metairie
More about Careers in Esthetics
For more information about a career in Esthetics, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.
Standard Occupational Code (SOC):
39-5094.00 – Skincare Specialists
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):
12.0409 – Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist
Program Specific Application Requirements
None. See Blue Cliff College’s college admissions process here.
Licensing and Accreditation Information
Blue Cliff College maintains current certification and accreditation so you know you’re learning skills that are valued in your field. We are:
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology
- Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)‡
‡The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education.