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Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa career

It’s important for people to be able to wind down, reduce stress and pamper themselves, which is why the cosmetics, esthetics and spa industry is thriving. Professionals in this field love working with people and have a flair for creativity and working with their hands. Ontario college cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs will prepare you for a job in the in-demand beauty and wellness industry.

If you’re outgoing and creative, and you have an interest in health and beauty as a career, here’s what you need to know. More

Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Courses

Courses in cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs at Ontario colleges provide students with the practical experience necessary to work in a variety of beauty-related businesses. Courses are typically divided into two areas:

  • Techniques. Depending on the focus of the program, these practical courses will teach students the skills required in procedures like manicures and pedicures, applying makeup, skin and body treatments and hair removal. Students will learn how to customize treatments to match client needs and their specific situations. Work placements, practicums and simulated learning environments are fundamental in the learning process.
  • Business / Management. Courses in business and management equip students to succeed in running a business in the beauty industry. Marketing, finance and retail strategy courses provide fundamental knowledge on operating a business, should graduates want to take on a management or entrepreneurial role.

Note: Some programs provide both technical and management training, whereas others focus solely on industry techniques.

General Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Program Requirements

Ontario college cosmetics, esthetics and spa program requirements vary. In general, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent is required, along with a grade 12 English credit. Some programs may require CPR, First Aid or Respiratory testing. Check individual program requirements carefully before applying.

Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs may find careers as beauty advisors, sales representatives and buyers, dermatologists, makeup artists, nail technicians, spa and salon managers and more. There are many diverse industries and businesses that need beauty professionals, including (but not limited to):

  • Entertainment (theatre, television and movies)
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Salons and spas
  • Health, medical and wellness centres
  • Photography studios

Salaries vary widely in this industry. For cosmetic technicians, estheticians and spa treatment professionals, starting salaries are in the low- to mid-$20,000 range (managerial roles will be higher). Type of industry and level of expertise and experience may all have an impact on salary.

Ontario Colleges Offering Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PASEM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics And Props SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics And Props


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PASEM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Cosmetic Management HUMBER NORTH CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Cosmetic Management


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 21781
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Management HUMBER NORTH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Cosmetic Management


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 21781
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Management HUMBER NORTH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Cosmetic Management


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 21781
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Management HUMBER NORTH OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Cosmetic Management


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 21781
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Techniques and Management SENECA NEWNHAM CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Cosmetic Techniques and Management


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CTM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Techniques and Management SENECA NEWNHAM WAITLISTED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Cosmetic Techniques and Management


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CTM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Techniques And Management SENECA NEWNHAM OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Cosmetic Techniques And Management


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CTM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmetic Techniques And Management SENECA NEWNHAM OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Cosmetic Techniques And Management


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CTM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmétologie (S'Inscrire Au Programme Techniques D'Esthétique - 51465) LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Cosmétologie (S'Inscrire Au Programme Techniques D'Esthétique - 51465)


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 41391
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Cosmétologie - S'inscrire À Techniques D'esthétique (51465) LA CITÉ OTTAWA CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Cosmétologie - S'inscrire À Techniques D'esthétique (51465)


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 41391
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 45 WEEKS
  • Program Code: 1103X04F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 45 WEEKS
  • Program Code: 1103X04F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 45 WEEKS
  • Program Code: 1103X04F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 45 WEEKS
  • Program Code: 1103X04F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 9153
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 9153
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician FLEMING PETERBOROUGH WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: EST
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Esthetician FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Esthetician


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: EST
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

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