Esthetician 9153

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 9153
School: School of Community and Health Studies
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5303

Esthetician program will provide you with the knowledge and skills for spa applications, skin care and business operations. Graduates from this program are able to provide the entire range of professional services offered in today's spas and the skills required to successfully operate a private business. Placement in both industry clinics and established businesses will allow you to learn in an atmosphere that builds the confidence and skills to enter this challenging and exciting career.

As a Centennial student, you will have the advantage of developing your skills by using the esthetician lab facilities and cutting-edge equipment that are common in today’s wellness and medical spas. You will study with qualified instructors who have many years of experience in the industry and explore a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates anatomy, physiology, practical applications, product knowledge, sales techniques and business practice.

Centennial Esthetician students benefit not only from graduating from the highly respected program, but more directly from the valuable hands-on practical experience in the school’s student clinic (which is supervised by qualified faculty) and the field placements at the best spas in the city.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio
Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies.  For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
ESTH-110 Skin Care Theory 1 Morningside Campus
ESTH-111 Skin Care Practices Morningside Campus
ESTH-112 Professional Relationships 1 Morningside Campus
ESTH-113 Manicures and Pedicures Morningside Campus
ESTH-114 Spa Health and Safety Morningside Campus
GNED-160 Customer Service: A Modern Approach Morningside Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
ESTH-123 Waxing and Hair Removal Morningside Campus
ESTH-125 Product Chemistry and Advanced Ingredients Morningside Campus
ESTH-126 Esthetic Clinic 1 Morningside Campus
ESTH-127 Skin Care Theory and Practices 2 Morningside Campus
ESTH-128 Introduction to Business Practices Morningside Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
ESTH-201 Skin Care Theory and Practice 3 Morningside Campus
ESTH-202 Spa Body Anatomy and Physiology Morningside Campus
ESTH-215 Introduction to Wellness Morningside Campus
ESTH-216 Esthetic Clinic 2 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
ESTH-222 Professional Relationships 2 Morningside Campus
ESTH-223 Makeup Morningside Campus
ESTH-224 Spa Business Morningside Campus
ESTH-226 Esthetic Clinic 3 Morningside Campus
ESTH-227 Esthetician Practicum Morningside Campus
ESTH-228 Skin Care Theory 4: Advanced Clinical Skin Care Morningside Campus
ESTH-229 Skin Care Practices 4 Morningside Campus

Career Outlook

A wide range of careers exist for the professional esthetician. Graduates of the Esthetician program will find employment in spas and salons, or in health clinics in conjunction with dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other healthcare providers. Opportunities also exist on cruise ships and spas overseas. Some graduates may choose to work as product representatives and skin care consultants. Many estheticians choose to be self employed in their own businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates have the ability to:
  • Perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions, and supporting client needs (including but not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal and make-up applications)
  • Use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry and other related standards, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and histology to the provision of specialized esthetic treatments and services
  • Adhere to health, safety, sanitation and infection prevention control guidelines, according to current legislation and national, provincial, municipal and industry standards and regulations
  • Identify business skills and activities required for the successful establishment and operation of a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment
  • Select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients, taking into account health status and identified needs
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession
  • Develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in accordance with professional standards and ethics
  • Determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry change
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
  • For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.
After admission but prior to each program Field Placement students are required to:
  • Annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Successful completion and annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (Health Care Provider level)
  • Successful completion of a recognized course in Standard First Aid
  • Completion of your pre-clearance health form by a physician or nurse practitioner stating thatyou meet the health requirements of legislated acts, ministry guidelines and agency policies 
Career Outlook
Program Highlights
  • You will be taught knowledge of diverse human physiology, pathology and histology
  • You will learn the proper use of specialized equipment and products, as well as how to apply knowledge of business operations, exceptional customer service and diverse population needs to daily operations of an esthetic business in a controlled salon or spa environment
  • Graduates are prepared to provide safe and effective client-centered care of specialized body and skin treatments