Esthetitian Course

The curriculum for students enrolled in an Esthetician course shall consist of six hundred (600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of an Esthetician, pursuant to Section 7354 of the Cosmetology Act. For the purpose of this section, technical instruction shall mean instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:

Total Theory Hours: 315
Total Practical Hours: 285
Total Hours: 600

Minimum Specified Practical Operations (Minimum number of Hands-on Practices needed):

10 Disinfection and Sanitation
40 Facials (Manual)
60 Facials (Electrical)
40 Chemicals (Chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs)
40 Wax and depilatories
40 Make-up & Eyelash Application
10 Hair Removal & Eyebrow Arching, Tweezers

Subject of Technical Instruction Minimum Hours
1. The Cosmetology Act and the Bureau’s Rules and Regulations. 10
2. Chemistry pertaining to the practices of an Esthetician. Includes the chemical composition and purpose of cosmetic and skin care preparation. Shall also include the elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels, physical, and chemical changes of matter. 20
3. Health and Safety/Hazardous Substances, includes training in chemicals and health establishments, material safety, data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, ergonomics, communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. 80
4. Electricity includes the nature of electrical current, principles of operating electrical devices, and the various safety precautions used when operating electrical equipment. 20
5. Disinfection and Sanitation: Includes procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. The ten required minimum operations shall entail performing all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Sections 979 and 980. Disinfection should be emphasized through-out the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment. 30
6. Bacteriology, anatomy, physiology, skin analysis and conditions 30
7. Facials:
____A. Manual –
Includes skin analysis, cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks.
____B. Electrical
Includes the use of all electrical modalities including dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes; however, machines capable of producing current shall not be used to stimulate so as to contract, or for the purpose of contracting, the muscles of the body or face.
____C. Chemical
Includes chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only non-living, upper-most layers of facial skin, known as the epidermis may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification. All practical operations must be performed in accordance with section 992 regarding skin peeling.
8.Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal
Includes the use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair.
____(A) Tweezers 5
____(B) Wax and depilatories 20
9. Make-Up (Shall include skin analysis, complete and corrective make-up, and the application of false eyelashes.) 20
10. Training will also include classes in Salon Mgmt., communication skills that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, decorum, record keeping, client service record cards and preparing a resume, employment development, modeling, desk and reception, and care and other subjects relating to Cosmetology field. 10

Esthetician Performance Objective

Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California Cosmetology establishing practices, acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of skin, acquire the knowledge of general theory relative to Esthetics including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory and acquire business management techniques common to Esthetics.

Potential Occupation after Completion

esthetitian1Facialist, Licensed Esthetician, Esthetician, Skin Technician,

Skills to be Developed

Learn the proper use of implements relative to all Esthetician services, acquire the knowledge of analyzing the skin prior to all services to determine any disorders, will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all Esthetician services, will learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and false strip eyelashes and also learn the proper procedure of plain and electrical facials.

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to Esthetician, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealing with patrons and colleagues.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 300 and 600 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be calculated with the following weights:

  1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade
Grading Scale Letter Performance
100% – 90% A Excellent Performance
89% – 80% B Above Average Performance
79% – 70% C Satisfactory Performance
69% – 50% D Unsatisfactory Performance
49% – or below F Fail

In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150% timeframe.

Grading Period Minimum Average Grade
400 hrs 200
600 hrs 400
900 hrs 600

Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Shall have completed Theory and Operations required by Board of Barbering & Cosmetology with a grade average of “C” (70%) or better. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Esthetician with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers. Students are assisted in completing the necessary documents to file for the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology Examination.

Licensing Requirements

Applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade, A Esthetician license will be granted by the State of California only alter the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Cosmetology course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.