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Esthetics and Spa Therapies

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

A leader in Esthetics education since 1990, Seneca's Esthetics and Spa Therapies program provides you with the training you need to perfect your services. Our dynamic curriculum and real-life experiences will allow you to gain the confidence you need through working with clients in Evolutions Spa, our on-campus spa.

The third-year will prepare you to delve into more specialized and advanced services and therapies provided in the spa and medi-spa environment and give you the opportunity to earn the globally recognized designation of a CIDESCO Esthetician.

Program Availability

Our Esthetics and Spa Therapies program offers a fall term start and a winter term start with different delivery formats delivery options. If starting the program in the winter term your first four terms will be consecutive (winter, summer, fall, and winter). You’ll have a summer break between second and third year.

Field Work

The on-campus Evolutions Spa provides students with the time and opportunity to perfect their services and practice working with customers in a real-life spa.

Industry Partnerships

  • Sanctuary Day Spas

Diploma Transfer

With your existing diploma in Esthetics, or directly related esthetics discipline and experience, you may qualify to fast track your studies and be given direct entry into the third year of the EAS program.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

The spa business is rapidly growing in North America and around the world. The need for skilled professional Estheticians has never been higher. The beauty industry is booming as a result of increased demand from aging baby boomers and a younger generation with a higher propensity for beauty treatments and enhancements. Seneca's Esthetics and Spa Therapies (EAS) program will prepare you for an exciting and dynamic career as an Esthetician able to provide all services from manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials to advanced spa, skin and body care treatments. As a graduate from this program you will also have the opportunity to take the International Esthetics licencing exam from CIDESCO, making you a highly sought after esthetician.


  • Ashgrove Spa
  • Collega Inc. for Aveda & Civello
  • Featuring You Spa & Salon
  • International Pedicure Association (IPA)
  • Leading Spas of Canada
  • Sopar Cosmetics
  • The Canadian Society of Professional Skin Care Specialists
  • The Spa at the Old Mill

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Prior to Beginning of Term

  • Annual completion of the Clinical Preparedness permit including Mantoux Skin Test, Immunizations (MMR, Polio, Varicella, TD, Hepatitis B, Flu Shot).
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate with Adult CPR (minimum 16 hours)


  • Although not required for admission, a Senior Level Science Credit is recommended for your success in the program.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Dale Peers 416.491.5050 ext. 22178

Program Chair

Gitte Hansen 416.491.5050 ext. 22160


“I believe adding a 3rd year, and preparing students to take the internationally recognized CIDESCO exam, will be a benefit to your graduates, and to employers. Providing this additional training will only continue to support Seneca's reputation as a leader in this field of education. Seneca has been a long-time educational leader in the field of Esthetics.”

Diane Sparrow
President, Leading Spas of Canada

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network