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Who are Estheticians?

Estheticians are licensed skincare specialists. As licensed professionals in the world of skincare, their most popular skill set is to cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.

When working in the service industry, an esthetician will perform a wide variety of tasks like:

  • Perform skin analysis for clients

  • Prescribe treatment plans and products regimens for healthier skin

  • Wax unwanted hair

  • Prep and cleanse the skin prior to makeup applications

  • Apply makeup and eyelash extensions

  • Coach clients on how to care for their skin at home

  • And so much more!

However, the service industry is just one nugget of the beauty world. They can be found in blogging/vlogging, education, product launches, marketing, advertising, and in the faces of entrepreneurs around the world -- advocating and creating the future of skincare.

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Throughout our Skin Care programs, you will learn to analyze and develop treatment plans for your clients. Also, you'll obtain a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, business, and career development, and state laws and regulations in terms of the service industry, as well as skincare-related requirements.


Our program provides instruction on facials, makeup, product chemistry, and hair removal.   On top of this, you will learn to prescribe home care and recommend follow-ups to your clients that want to achieve specific skin goals.


Join us to gain the skills you need to work in an ever-growing industry of beauty and wellness.


Chemical Exfoliation
Makeup Application
You'll Learn in Skincare
Tinting & More

Dermalogica Esthetics Kit

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It is so important to choose a school that teaches you the information you need to get licensed AND the school that will set you apart from the others!


We are a Dermalogica Partnership School. You train with professional Dermalogica products.


All of our students and staff receive training from both Dermalogica business consultants and the educators at the International Dermal Institute to best prescribe treatments and products for their client's journey to their healthiest looking skin.


Graduating from our skincare programs affords you the opportunity to graduate Dermalogica Certified. With this, when working with a Dermalogica account, you will have continued access to the International Dermal Institute's learning lofts for continued education and product/treatment support.


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This certificate of completion is provided for when you fulfill all of your educational requirements and you're identified as a graduate of Cortiva Institute.

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Barbicide, an industry standard brand, will highlight the specifics surrounding hygiene and infection control for treatments completed in salons and spas specifically related to COVID-19.

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Learn Dermalogica’s 12 key principles for enhanced service safety as well as some best practices to implement in your own business.

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As a required subject in the service industry, learn about HIV/AIDS pathophysiology, modes of transmission, infection control practices, and prevention options.

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Barbicide, an industry standard brand, will highlight the specifics surrounding hygiene and infection control for treatments completed in salons and spas.


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Once you graduate, you'll become a Licensed Esthetician (Skin Care Specialist).

What does this mean?

It means your license will open a new world of opportunities for you.

Our graduates have a wide variety of professions to choose from:

  • Spa or Salon Esthetician

  • Spa or Salon Manager/Coordinator

  • Cruise or Resort Facialist

  • Mobile Beautician

  • Makeup Artist

  • Beauty Brand Representative

  • Cosmetic Sales/Buyer

  • Beauty Blogger and/or Vlogger

  • Esthetics Writer

  • Beauty Brand Trainer or Educator

  • & so much more!

So, what are you waiting for? Speak to one of our Admission Representatives today!

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