Esthetician student using a brush to apply foundation to a client's cheek in a salon setting

Start your esthetics career in the health and wellness industry

Esthetician Ontario College Diploma program

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Program code ESTH
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) In-person and hybrid option What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

In this program, students are prepared with the knowledge, skills and professional competencies required for the Esthetics Industry. Students in this program are able to provide spa modalities, such as make up and specialized skin, body and hand/foot treatments. In addition, business applications required to run a small business are emphasized. This program has been designed with the intent to academically prepare students for international testing and to inspire a passion for the health and wellness industry.

IMPORTANT: The Esthetician program has a strict “no jewellery” policy and uniform requirement for all labs and clinics.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Winter 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

  • This program includes a clinical placement component where you’ll get clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced registered or licensed professional.
  • Learn about types of work-integrated learning at Georgian.

What are the admission requirements for the Esthetician program?

Esthetician admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional information

It is required that students have Standard First Aid prior to participating in the Spa Clinic. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the permit status is valid for the duration of their time in the program.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Health Canada Guideline Routine Practices and Additional Precautions for Preventing the Transmission of Infection in Health Care and the Ontario Hospital Association/Ontario Medical Association Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols for Ontario Hospitals. Completion and submission of this record is required prior to clinic placement. Please visit Esthetician webpage for a complete list of permit requirements at

During lab and clinics, students are not permitted to wear jewelry and must adhere to the professional decorum policy as described in the student handbook. Students are required to purchase uniforms, a student kit containing implements to be used during the course of the program and a make up kit.

What career paths can I take as an esthetician?

Your Esthetician diploma gives you many career opportunities

An esthetician has many opportunities for employment in the health and wellness industry. Graduates of this program may work in a variety of spas, such as day and resort spas, destination and cruise ship spas, salons, and health and wellness establishments. In addition, graduates are prepared for possible employment in many other areas such as in product sales, distributing and retailing of products, product education, spa reception and management, contracting, self employment and consulting positions, pharmaceutical industries, and Dermatologist and Plastic Surgery offices.

Opportunities to further your studies

Upon graduating from the Esthetician program at Georgian, become a specialist in advanced skin care treatments and esthetics! Consider our Medical Skin Care Therapies graduate certificate, a one-year program featuring two clinical placements that explores the advanced theory and practice related to the field of medical esthetics.


CIDESCO Training School

Georgian College’s Esthetician program is accredited by CIDESCO, the world standard for beauty and spa therapy.

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What courses are included in the Esthetician diploma program?

Course overview

16 Program Courses
3 Clinical Placements
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Esthetician program outline.

  • SPAE 1001 – Cosmetic Product Knowledge
  • SPAE 1002 – Fundamentals of Esthetic Sciences
  • SPAE 1003 – Fundamentals of Spa Treatments
  • SPAE 1013 – Fundamentals of Spa Treatments Lab
  • SPAE 1014 – Esthetic Professionalism
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)

In-person and hybrid option

In this program, some courses will provide an option to choose fully in person or fully online. You’ll choose one delivery method, that fits your circumstances, for the duration of the semester.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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