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Program Details

  • Program Code:9153
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Please Note: For the Fall 2021, it is our intention to run all practical courses of the ESTHETICIAN program in-person and all theory courses at-a-distance.  Both theory and practical classes will require that you attend (in person or virtually) at a given day/time.  Distance classes will be recorded and posted wherever appropriate.

Centennial College's Esthetician program is the only undertaking of its sort in Toronto to offer both clinic and placement components. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills for spa applications, medical esthetics and business operations.

During your time in this college health program, you'll learn from qualified instructors who have many years of experience in the industry and explore a comprehensive curriculum that will incorporate:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Histology
  • Chemistry
  • Infection control
  • Practical applications
  • Product knowledge
  • Sales techniques
  • Business practice

As a Centennial College Esthetician student, you'll have the advantage of developing your skills in esthetician lab facilities using cutting-edge equipment that is common in today's wellness and medical spas. The lab facilities, located at Morningside Campus, also serve as the faculty-supervised Censation Esthetics Student Clinic, in which you'll gain real-world experience. Each semester, new services will be added to the curriculum to prepare you for applying your knowledge.

To round out your training in this college diploma program, you'll apply your skills to field placement experiences in both industry clinics and established businesses. This aspect of the offering will allow you to learn in an atmosphere that will build the confidence and skills to enter this challenging and exciting career.

Upon graduation, you'll be able to provide the entire range of professional services offered in today's spas, medi-spas and doctor's offices and have the skills required to successfully operate a private business.

Part-time Offering: Medical Esthetic Practitioner  (for nurses)

As a graduate of this School of Community and Health Studies program, you'll have the ability to:

  • Perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions and supporting client needs (including but not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal and make-up applications);
  • Use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry, and other related standards, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and histology to the provision of specialized esthetic treatments and services;
  • Adhere to health, safety, sanitation and infection prevention control guidelines, according to current legislation, and national, provincial, municipal and industry standards and regulations;
  • Identify business skills and activities required for the successful establishment and operation of a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment;
  • Select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients, taking into account health status and identified needs;
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession;
  • Develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in accordance with professional standards and ethics;
  • Determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry change.

Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI portfolio and the available supports, please visit


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • A strong curriculum will emphasize preparing you for the current workplace by providing the latest knowledge.
  • Medical esthetics embedded in semesters 3 and 4 will include:
    • Microdermabrasion
    • Micro current lifting
    • Photobiostimulation
    • Low level coherent light and ultrasound
    • Laser/IPL (55 hours of theoretical and practical training)
    • Chemical peels
  • Among specialized body equipment you'll become familiar with will be:
    • Vichi capsule/showers
    • Body contouring, drainage
    • Ultrasound
    • Non-invasive meso therapy
  • You'll learn to effectively use computer software commonly utilized in spas.
  • Your education will allow you to apply knowledge of business operations, exceptional customer service and diverse population needs to the daily operations of an esthetic business in a professionally managed salon or spa environment.
  • Faculty members who have extensive experience and knowledge are all accomplished and well respected in the field.
  • Many placement sites hire Esthetician program students upon completion of the program/placement. Up to 95 per cent of the placement sites have hired grads.
  • The Esthetician program receives high Key Performance Indicator satisfaction rates from students, graduates and employers. It has received 100 per cent employer satisfaction and 100 per cent student satisfaction for program quality, learning experience, clinical experience and quality of teachers with current industry skills.

Career Outlook

  • Esthetician
  • Medical Esthetician
  • Business Owner
  • Product Representative
  • Make-up Artist
  • Laser Hair Specialist

Education Pathways

Qualified graduates of this Esthetician Diploma program may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Brock University Bachelor or Honours Degree - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor Degree - Public Health
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Health Science and Science - multiple majors

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Placement Partners

Past placement partners have included: Elmwood Spa, Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris, Shangri-La Hotel, Health Medica, Rain Spa Sanctuary, Ici Paris, Sweetgrass, Shizen Spa, Avenue Skin Care Clinic, Holt Renfrew, King Edward – Nouvelle Maria, Holtz Spa, Silver Leaf Spa, Dr. Cara, Dr. Weksberg, Dr. Sproule, Dr. Wong, Dr. Boulos, Dr. Dar and The Facial Place, Humbertown Village Spa, Your Space Salons, Vimi Medi Spa, SASS

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,255.24 $3,976.24
International $15,385.50 $1,764.24 $17,149.74

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