Service Canada reports that: “In recent year, the number of people employed in the estheticians, electrologists and eelated occupations group has increased significantly, mainly due to the demand for personal care services and the importance people place in physical appearance. Since these trends are expected to hold, employment in this occupational group should continue to experience significant growth over the next few years.” Providing safe and effective client-centered care of specialized body and skin treatments is at the centre of this industry, as estheticians offer: exfoliation treatments, eyebrow tinting, facials, hand and/or foot massages, manicures, pedicures, skin care, skin peels, waxing, laser hair removal and more. These professionals may also be responsible for performing cashier duties, providing product demonstrations, scheduling appointments and selling skincare products. 

Despite the wide range of responsibilities that come along with this profession, it only takes one esthetics college program in Toronto to get the training that one needs to be successful. Centennial College’s Esthetician offering includes the full range of topics needed to not only perform the above duties but also to run one’s own business. 

Taking two years to complete, the offering delves into human physiology, pathology and histology while also covering skin care theory, skin car practices, manicures and pedicures, spa health and safety, product chemistry and advanced ingredients, introduction to business practices, makeup, the spa business, and much more. Enhancing each of the topics covered are labs at Centennial College’s Morningside Campus. These labs feature the range of tools that students will encounter in the field. As such, students 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. 

In addition to the courses they attend, students gain valuable hands-on practical experience in the school’s student clinic (which is supervised by qualified faculty) and the field placements at the most well known and respected spas in the city of Toronto. 

As a result of the offering, students graduate with knowledge to: 

  • Perform the complete range of body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions, while fulfilling client needs.
  • Use a range of specialized equipment and products with guidelines established national, provincial, industry and other related standards, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Where applicable, employ relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and histology.
  • Follow current legislation and national, provincial, municipal and industry standards and regulations to adhere to health, safety, sanitation and infection prevention control guidelines.
  • Establish and operate a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment.
  • Take into account health status and needs of clients, select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients.
  • Develop customer service strategies in accordance with professional standards and ethics.