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Program Code:EST
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

For more than 20 years we have been an industry leader in the education of Estheticians. This program thoroughly prepares you with the knowledge and practical skills required in this dynamic sector of the Beauty Industry. As a first–year student you will acquire the skills employers are looking for: facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. During your second year, you will study and practice advanced esthetics treatments including micro dermabrasion, light therapies and various anti–aging treatments, enhancing your level of confidence and ensuring your ability to assist all clients with their personal skin care concerns.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions and supporting client needs (including and 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 and 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.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Current medical report and report of chest x–ray or tuberculin skin test
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate with Adult CPR (minimum 16 hours)


  • Although not required for admission, a Senior Level Science Credit is considered an asset.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Canada has world-class spa and esthetics facilities staffed by some of the best trained professionals in the world. Become a sought after professional in the beauty industry. As an Esthetician diploma graduate, employment opportunities exist in spas, salons, health centres and as product representatives and skin care consultants working in conjunction with dermatologists. Or use your skills and training to open your own business as an esthetician, or work on a consultancy basis.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Society of Professional Skincare Specialists
  • Elizabeth Milan Esthetics
  • Featuring You Spa
  • Leading Spas of Canada
  • Skills Canada
  • Sopar Cosmetics

Industry Partnerships

  • Sanctuary Day Spas

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ETC103 Hand Anatomy - Physiology and Care 3
ETC104 Foot Anatomy - Physiology and Care 4
ETC115 Skin Care I 5
SPM201 Spa Customer Service 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ETB215 Product Knowledge 3
ETC205 Waxing 4
ETC216 Skin Care II 4
SPM108 Skin Analysis 2
SPM200 * Evolutions Spa 8
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EST560 Nutrition and Health 3
ETC310 Spa Treatments I 4
ETC317 Skin Care III 4
SPM300 * Evolutions Spa 8
SPM301 Spa Management and Leadership 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ETC313 Make-Up Techniques and Application 4
ETC410 Spa Treatments II 4
ETC418 Skin Care IV 4
SPM400 Evolutions Spa 8
SPM410 Spa Entrepreneurship 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

* Students have eight clinic hours every other week.

Note: Professional practice in the spa at the College is an exciting component of the program. Throughout the program all students are required to work a prescribed number of hours in the on–campus spa, “Evolutions”. A qualified esthetician will be on duty at all times to reinforce theory and to ensure professional standards are maintained.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Ann Mariani
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26209
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
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"The Esthetician program was one of the best experiences of my life; it brought me closer to my ultimate goal: that of being a more accomplished individual. The program has given me the knowledge and credentials to obtain experience in well recognized companies of the beauty industry. I never thought I would achieve so much in two years. In Seneca I believed, I achieved, and I was able to succeed!"

Talita Rovaron

“After having worked in the United States and Canada at some of the leading spas in North America it truly makes me proud to say that I gained my education at Seneca College. The Esthetician Program at Seneca is one of the best. It is far superior to most esthetic programs available today. The education I received there has allowed me to excel in the spa industry and provided a strong foundation for my future.”

Kyra Johnson
Spa Director, Spa Avania
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort


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