The Esthetician – Spa Management program allows students to gain skills required to build a career in the high-demand spa and wellness industry. If you love working with people and have a desire to help individuals enhance their appearance and boost their self-esteem, this program will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge that you need.
Applied hands-on learning is at the heart of the program, where you develop practical skills in areas such as manicure and pedicure techniques, skincare analysis, facial treatments, grooming and hair removal, body treatments and medical esthetics. You will have opportunities to hone your skills further in the fully operational Durham College Spa which provides services to the public. The Durham College Spa features modern learning facilities and equipment to provide you with real-life work experience.
The program also employs a holistic approach, teaching valuable customer service, communication, interpersonal and business skills that allow you to develop as an esthetician and prepare you for entrepreneurial ventures. A strong emphasis is placed on meeting industry professional standards, including teaching best practices and protocols in infection control.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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Our Esthetician - Spa Management program provides vocational hands-on skills plus business management training so you can be job-ready upon graduation. Hands-on courses focus on manicure and pedicure technologies, waxing, body treatments and facial techniques. You will learn advanced skincare techniques in medical esthetics, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and intense pulsed light technology, working with state-of-the-art equipment. Business training includes retail operations and spa management, communications, spa marketing and client-care protocols.
You will gain real-world experience during your onsite Durham College Spa work placement, where you will deliver spa services to the public while being supervised by expert faculty and the Spa Manager, as well as assist with the planning, organization and management of day-to-day retail operations and spa marketing strategies.
In order to participate in the lab component of the program uniforms must be worn at all times. Students must meet the pre-lab requirements in order to receive their uniform and student kit.
To be eligible for the lab/placement component of this program, you must (at your expense) provide:
In order to maintain confidentiality and security, the program utilizes an independent provider, Verified by Synergy Gateway, for field placement documentation collection and validation. This process is the Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC). There is a cost associated with this external agency of $50.50. Please refer to the Esthetician – Spa Management Program ESPC Information Package for details.
First-year students enrolled in a diploma program or select graduate certificate program through the School of Business, IT & Management will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. As one of the only colleges in Ontario with this offering, DC is proud to provide students access to local businesses at a regional level.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade include:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2022-23 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Program fees listed include charges for student kit learning materials and uniform retained by the student. These items are non-refundable once received and will remain the property of the student.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.