An aesthetician is a trained skin care professional who specializes in providing beauty-related services. As an aesthetician, you will perform facials, skin analysis, makeup and artificial eyelash application, and body treatments, including full-body exfoliation.
You also will learn facial and full body hair removal techniques, using both hard and soft wax; light exfoliation with fruit acids (peels); and microdermabrasion.
You will learn the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele; sanitation practices and requirements; and knowledge of state laws and business management skills specific to aestheticians.
Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, but does not guarantee you an Aesthetician License in any state.
To be a practicing aesthetician, you have to pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exam to receive an Aesthetician License. The state board exam consists of a written test and hands on demonstrations.
The Board of Cosmetology may deny your application if you do not meet its citizenship and/or high school education requirements. Visit its website for details.
Some prospective jobs in aesthetics are at day spas, medical spas, resorts, salons and private practices. Aestheticians can specialize in skin conditions; for example, acne, aging and rosacea. You also may take advantage of our career services to can gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.
Clock Hour Program
Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.
After you have completed the first 16 weeks, you move to the clinic setting. The school has a salon open to the public. Students in the clinic setting provide facials, waxing, makeup and back treatments to clients. Instructors supervise and receive feedback from clients to make sure you are providing adequate service.
Certificate of Competency - Aesthetician: $3,797*
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