This certificate may lead to employment competency but does not lead to an Associate degree.

The Esthetician Concepts Certificate prepares individuals to provide professional cosmetic services in salons, spas, resorts, casinos and other related industry establishments. This includes courses in skin care, hair removal, makeup and other cosmetic services, safety and sanitation, management, customer service, and preparation for practicing as licensed estheticians in the state of California. Courses in applicable professional labor laws and regulations in the esthetician industry, physiology, anatomy, electricity and ergonomics are also covered in depth. Emphasis is placed on passing state licensing exam and industry entry skills.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Deduce valid conclusions, compare viable techniques and apply principles in preparation of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology practical and written exam.
  • Identify and analyze concepts leading to synthesis of theory for the state board written exam. Produce a business plan and portfolio.
  • Demonstrate entry level skills in a clinic laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrate workplace behaviors (soft skills) necessary for success in the cosmetology industry.
Required Courses (33.5-50.5 units) Units
COS-1A Introduction to Cosmetology Level I 3
COS-1B Introduction to Cosmetology Level II 3
COS-1C Cosmetology Business Concepts 1
COS-57A Level I Skin Care Concepts 2.5
COS-57B Level II Skin Care Concepts 2
COS-57C Level III Skin Care Concepts 8
COS-70A Level I Makeup and Hair removal Concepts 3
COS-70B Level II Makeup and Hair removal Concepts 3
COS-90A Level I Clinic Floor Concepts 1-8
COS-90B Level II Clinic Floor Concepts 2-8
COS-90C Level III Clinic Floor Concepts 4-8
COS-98A Esthetics Theory Exam Readiness Concept 0.5
COS-98B Esthetics Practical Exam Readiness Concepts 0.5