If you enjoy working with your hands and making people look and feel better, then a career as an Esthetician and Medical Esthetician is the perfect career for you.
Choosing the Esthetician program at SLC means you’ll be trained with the best – not just in Ontario, but also in Canada.
At St. Lawrence College you can earn your Ontario College Diploma in the Esthetician program in a condensed 38 weeks! We’re one of the only colleges in Canada to offer this condensed program format.
Our in-house training salon, Dynamic Designs, provides opportunities to practice new skills their practical skills with clients from the community. In addition to practical skills training and experience, the program includes extensive coverage of business and interpersonal skills. This includes codes of conduct, business management, customer service, sales training, and professionalism.
Keeping with the current trends of the industry we offer you the latest treatments and techniques in both basic and advanced and medical Esthetics.
The beauty industry continues to grow each year, expanding opportunities for a career in the esthetics profession. From setting up a home-based business, working in a medical spa to traveling the seas in cruise ship spas, esthetics students and graduates are presented with more options than ever before.
Our program follows the Esthetician Standards set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
Our program teaches in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of general, advanced, and medical esthetics:
- Basic and advanced skin care
- Hair removal
- Body massage and treatments
- Make-up artistry
- Nail care
- Advanced nail techniques
- Chemical peels
- Lash/brow tinting and lifting
- Lash extensions
- Sales and customer service
- Human anatomy
- Professional and health regulated standards
- Pathology and histology
- Skin care formulation and chemistry
It also teaches theoretical and practical technology skills used in medical esthetics:
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Body contouring
- Photo facials
Competition Success Record
- 2019 National Skills Competition: GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Katie Salamone
- 2019 Provincial Skills Competition: GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Katie Salamone
- 2018 National Skills Competition: SILVER MEDAL WINNER - Alexandra Fox
- 2018 Provincial Skills Competition: GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Alexandra Fox; SILVER MEDAL WINNER - Nicole Wright
- 2017 National Skills Competition: GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Stephanie-Rachel Kuepfer
- 2017 Provincial Skills Competition: GOLD MEDAL WNNER - Stephanie-Rachel Kuepfer; SILVER MEDAL WINNER - Shannon Marginson
Salon and Spa clients are often seeking refuge and relaxation in a safe and clean environment. Communicating effectively with clients is imperative in customer retention and relationship formation. This course focuses on the development of specific customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in relation to a spa/salon environment. Through various in-class presentations and workshops you are introduced to Industry Safety requirements and Legislation and you develop various business communication and promotional documents and processes including but not limited to; brochures, flyers, social media campaigns, resumes, and cover letters.
Understanding how the body and its systems work together is essential in providing safe and effective spa services to clients. In this course, you review various aspects of anatomy and physiology including; the integumentary system (which includes the skin and its specific diseases and disorders) and the circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, muscular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, renal, reproductive, and skeletal systems. Through various theory-based activities and demonstrations, you learn how the body's systems relate to providing effective noninvasive esthetic and wellness treatments.
Nail care techniques are an important element of the Esthetician field. This course provides you with the knowledge and practical skills for performing safe and professional manicures and pedicures as well as specialized treatments such as; scrubs, paraffin, and nail art using the appropriate implements and products. Through the consultation process and hands-on observations, you learn about various nail care techniques along with specific disorders and diseases of the nails and surrounding tissue.
This course provides you with the theory and practical skills of waxing. You study the structure and growth of hair and the difference in temporary and permanent hair removal methods. The properties and specific uses of different types of wax for the removal of facial and body hair are taught as well. Practical demonstrations allow you to observe and then execute various types of face and body hair removal.
Managing the conditions that affect and impact the skin is high on the list of an Esthetician. This course introduces you to the theoretical and practical components of skin care. Through various in-class activities, discussions, and practical lab you learn skin analysis and classifications necessary to perform mini and basic facials. Understanding how the skin responds to care through analysis is key to providing the correct treatment and products to meet client needs.
The demand for the medical Esthetics industry has greatly increased over the past few years creating incredible job opportunities using various advanced skin care technologies. This course focuses on those technologies commonly practiced in medical settings. Through practical and theoretical demonstrations you are trained with the most popular equipment/skills used in this industry including but not limited to; Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), microdermabrasion, skin remodeling system, and the Lumicell Wave 6.
Dynamic Designs 1 offers you the opportunity to begin practicing your interpersonal, technical, and business client service skills in a training salon. You learn the proper operation of a specific program software used in an Esthetic business and then apply these acquired skills in the training salon under the direct supervision of instructors while performing a variety of Esthetic services on clients.
This course introduces you to experiential learning in a specific Esthetic setting. You participate in a work placement of 35 hours in either the Dynamic Designs salon or an Esthetic salon of your choice where you incorporate a variety of skills learned from semester one classes. This hands-on experience gives you the ability to strengthen your skills and knowledge acquired in the program while introducing yourself to the Esthetic community.
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of how chemistry is used in the creation of skin care. From the most cutting edge product delivery to the organic locally created beauty movement. You will learn the chemistry necessary to create products and then you will apply these lessons to create your own product! Understanding how chemistry and particular ingredients are used in the development of products for the Esthetics field will provide you with the knowledge to recommend effective skin care regimens to your clients.
This course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful nail technician. The content of this course covers the principles of manicure, nail anatomy and physiology, tip application and blending, as well as UV gel and Acrylic application. You will also gain an understanding of different artificial nail types, appropriate product use, and chemical composition of products. In addition, you will learn proper salon and spa sanitation procedures in accordance with Health Canada.
Building on components in Skin Care 1, this intermediate course advances your skills in skin care technology. Specifically, through salon lab demonstrations and practice you incorporate electrical therapy with the use of electrical equipment in performing skin care treatments on clients. You also select and apply advanced treatments according to various skin conditions. Incorporating electrical therapy and advanced treatments is key to meeting the client’s needs.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to perfect the esthetic skills that you have learned in the first semester and practice the ones that you will be learning in the second one. You will be working in the Dynamic Designs salon, under the supervision of instructors, performing services on clients and further developing your technical, business, and interpersonal skills.
Body treatments are an essential part of the Esthetics industry. In this course, you perform a variety of body massages and body treatments commonly performed in an esthetic setting. Topics that are demonstrated and practiced in the lab include but are not limited to; aromatherapy and how to incorporate essential oils in the massage, relaxation massage, Thai herbal, hot stone, hot lava shell, and lymphatic drainage.
This focus of this course is on the theory and practical skills of makeup application. Topics include but are not limited to; morphology, facial shapes, and balance, colour classifications, observations, and factors to consider prior to makeup application, proper steps and techniques involved in makeup application, supplies, brushes products used, and their ingredients. Through hands-on demonstrations, you learn to create and apply a variety of makeup styles suitable for day, evening, bridal and special events to meet client needs.
This course builds on learning acquired in your first placement. However, you now participate in a work placement of 35 hours in the reverse setting of Work Placement 1 (i.e. if you completed a placement in the Dynamic Designs salon originally then your placement takes place in an Esthetic salon of your choice and vice versa). In WORK 45 you continue to incorporate a variety of specific skills learned from semester one and two classes. This hands-on experience gives you the ability to further refine your skills and knowledge acquired in the program while developing yourself to be employable in the Esthetic community.
Understanding factors that age the skin benefit your own well-being as an Esthetician and the well-being of your clients. This course teaches you about anti-aging products and technologies, nutrition, and exercise, and their effects on the skin. Through hands-on demonstrations and assessments using a variety of advanced technologies, you learn to treat all types of aging skin.
Estheticians perform many complementary procedures that contribute to the healing and maintenance of more invasive procedures performed under the care of medical professionals. This course teaches you about current plastic surgery procedures, correct terminology, and your role as an Esthetician. Through various class activities and discussions, you acquire theoretical knowledge that enables you to be employable in a medical spa environment.
The esthetic industry continues to grow and advance, and this curse focuses on the non-invasive procedures extending beyond standard skin care and products. Current skin care trends and techniques which are covered in the course include but are not limited to; chemical peels, advanced facial and alternative massage techniques, as well as more holistic and Ayurvedic approaches to the day spa experience. These topics are taught through various in-class activities, discussions, and practical labs which complements the foundational practices of Skin Care 2.
This course draws on your learning from Dynamic Designs 2 and 3 to further develop your technical, interpersonal, business, and professional client service skills. When performing all facial and body treatments in this course you incorporate advanced and current trends including but not limited to; chemical peels, specialty massages, specialty masks, etc. Learning activities focus on lab demonstrations and hands-on practice to learn about and acquire client service skills.
In this introductory course, students explore the range of skills and the knowledge required to become successful entrepreneurs. Course content focuses on the development of business ideas, business types, and business planning including feasibility studies and competition analysis, branding, promotion, and an overview of financial tracking.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:
- Grade 12 English at the C or U level
- Grade 11 Math
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.
If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program, free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.
Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.
Employment options are endless as our graduates choose to work and find success in any of the following areas:
- Skin Care Specialist
- Film or Fashion Makeup Artist
- Esthetics or Medical Esthetics Instructor
- Makeup Artist
- Marketing and retail in cosmetic firms
- Nail Technologist
- Esthetic business owner
- Self-employment or on a consultation basis
- Beauty writer
- IPL/Laser Technician
- Working in a day or destination spa
- Working in medical spa clinics
- Working alongside Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons
- Salon/Spa Manager
- Spa or Medical-Spa Consultant
- Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of beauty products or medical-spa and spa equipment
- Health clubs
You will have two one-week placements of 35 hours each which gives our students the opportunity to acquire both hands-on experience in a spa setting and possible future employment. Many of our students gain part-time employment in the Esthetics field as soon as they have completed their first placement experience.
The students are encouraged to do their placements in an environment and location where they ultimately would be interested in working. A lot of our students have taken their placement in different cities in Canada and overseas.
Books, supplies, and implements are estimated to cost $1,700. Transportation for training at the International Dermal Institute is estimated to be $50.
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Credit Transfer Opportunities
SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit www.ontransfer.ca to search for options relevant to your program area of study.