This program was created for individuals who have a passion for skincare. The Beauty Therapist ROA consists of four courses covering basic esthetics, skin, facial massage and specialized skin treatments. In addition, students will gain an understanding of business operations in esthetics and the various career pathways available in the industry. In the Beauty Therapist ROA, students will learn how to analyze skin types and will gain the knowledge to perform fundamental and advanced facial treatments including: specialty masks, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and light therapy treatments currently performed in medical spas. Successful candidates may apply for the Beauty Therapist Recognition of Achievement upon completion of all four courses.

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Due to COVID-19, all Part-time Studies courses are being offered online until further notice, in one of the following two formats: online virtual classroom and online self-directed. Click Availability below to see current offerings.


Basic Esthetics

This course introduces students to the chemistry of various products designed for and used by estheticians. Nutrition as it relates to the skin, hygiene and bacteriology. Students learn the steps required to set up an esthetic salon and it's day to day operation.

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Skin Theory, Analysis and Facial Procedures


COS820 (may be taken concurrently)

This course examines the structure and function of the skin, bones, and muscles of the face and neck as they apply to advanced esthetic practice. Students study the principles of facial care, analysis of the skin and its characteristics, skin problems and disorders. Theory is continually integrated with practical work.

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Facial Massage/Masque Procedures


COS810 and COS820

This course introduces students to the techniques for facial massage and masque procedures as well as the study of the lymphatic system. Theory classes cover the history of massage. Various types of facial massages techniques are introduced. Basic aromatherapy and uses of essential oils are integrated during facial.

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Specialized Skin Treatments


COS810, COS820 and COS830


COS855 and COS865 can be taken concurrently

Through the use of innovative technologies and products, students will learn to perform and customize advanced specialized skincare treatments to treat various skin types, conditions and aging skin. Field trips may be arranged.

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain how to own/operate an Esthetic Business, including: Procedures, client reception, clinic layout, planning and promotion, sales and professionalism.
  2. Perform a basic facial massage using knowledge of the circulatory, lymphatic and vascular systems and contra-indications.
  3. Perform various facial techniques to increase the benefit of treatment to clients, to include fundamental equipment, massage techniques and various types of specialty products.
  4. Select and safely operate specialized equipment and advanced skincare used for specific skin treatments.


Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Annie Kirkham
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22536

Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
416-491-5050 ext.24019

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