Certificates are not academic degree but are provided to document knowledge in certain professional fields for those students aspiring to employment in that field or for current professionals seeking to acquire new knowledge for professional advancement. Classes used to satisfy the requirements for a certificate carry academic credit and may also be used to satisfy major and minor degree requirements.
The Esthetics Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers as estheticians. Students are required to complete 18 credits (750 clock hours). Successful completion of coursework enables students to sit for the State of Illinois licensing examination.
750 Clock Hours (18 “credits”)
- EST 110: Esthetics I
- EST 120: Esthetics II
- EST 130: Esthetics III
- EST 140: Esthetics IV
- EST 150: Esthetics V
- EST 160: Esthetics VI
Must be a registered Cosmetologist or registered Esthetician.
- EST 190: Esthetics Instructor I
- EST 192: Esthetics Instructor II (Prereq. EST 190)
Hours & Course Schedule
Students must complete 750 course hours.
Full-time Course Schedule:
- Monday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Friday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Part-time Course Schedule
- Monday – Thursday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Students who receive a Certificate in Cosmetology go on to be:
- Medi-spa Personnel
- Medical Estheticians
- Make-up Artists
- Sales Representatives
- Manufacturing Representatives
- Salon/Spa Owners
- Product Designers
Basic Training 75 hours of classroom instruction in general theory and practical application shall be provided which shall be divided into the following subject areas: history of skin care, personal hygiene and public health, professional ethics, sterilization and sanitation, introduction to skin analysis and skin care and facial treatments.
Scientific Concepts 150 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas: cells, metabolism and body systems, bacteriology, physiology and histology of the skin, human anatomy, chemistry understanding chemicals and their use, disorders of the skin and special esthetics procedures.
Practices and Procedures 500 hours of instruction, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and clinical application, shall be provided in the following subject areas: non-therapeutic massage, excluding the scalp, nutrition and health of skin, skin analysis, cleansing the skin, mask therapy and facial treatments, facial treatments without the aid of machines, electricity, machines and apparatus, facial treatments with the aid of machines, hair removal, including tweezer method, depilitators, waxing and their use, professional makeup techniques, product knowledge as it relates to esthetics.
Business Practices 25 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas: Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology Act and Rules management, OSHA standards relating to chemical use.
Students must successfully complete all units of study, complete the number of hours required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, pass the written and practical final with an 85% average, complete all required exit paperwork and exit interview, and pay all debts owed to the institution.
Additional Lab Hours
Additional lab hours are available to help students make up hours or graduate early. Students must sign up to be eligible to stay. Additional lab hours are for practical practice only. No test taking or homework is allowed during these times. The hours available and guidelines are posted in the esthetics classroom.
Additional lab hours may be started when a student has completed 75 hours and basic facials. Students may not complete their hours prior to 33 weeks from their starting date.
Additional lab hours may be started when a student has completed basic facials. Students may not complete their hours prior to 44 weeks from their starting date.