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Skin Care Specialist Program

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CURRICULM FOR ESTHETICIAN-SKIN CARE SPECIALIST COURSE(combines Esthetician & Advanced SkinCare) (900 Hours)

The curriculum for students enrolled in an Esthetics Skin Care Specialist Course (Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code 12.0409) shall consist of nine hundred (900) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of an Esthetician (600 hours) and Advanced Esthetics (300). Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation means the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person. It is noted that a combined total of 355 hours are devoted to clinical-theory experience, which will include all phases of Esthetics and traditional massage theory and techniques and 542 of practical operations. The following is a description of the minimum required technical and practical subjects as required by the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Section 950.1 Title 16, Division 9, California Code of Regulations.

COSMETOLOGY ACT BOARD RULES AND REGULATIONS: shall include, but not limited to The Barbering and Cosmetology Act as well as the Board’s Rules and Regulations and safety measures.

COSMETOLOGY CHEMISTRY FOR ESTHETICIANS: shall include, but not limited to The Barbering and Cosmetology Act as well as the Board’s Rules and Regulations and safety measures.

HEALTH & SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: shall include, but not limited to knowledge of hazardous substances and training in chemicals and health in establishments, the use of material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous-chemicals and preventing communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B.

THEORY OF ELECTRICITY IN ESTHETICS: shall include, but not limited to the study of the effects of different electrical apparatuses on the skin, both manually and chemically as well as the safety precautions needed when operating such equipment.

DISINFECTION AND SANITATION: shall include, but not limited to proper procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician, proper disinfection procedures and disposal of equipment used in establishments as well as sanitary conditions of the work environment.

BACTERIOLOGY, ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY: shall include, but not limited to the recognition of bacteria and the spread of communicable disease and how it is prevented in the workplace. The structures, composition and functions of the human body and their systems as well as the proper terminology used in the subject matter as well as checking for conditions, abrasions, and diseases and any contraindications for services.

PATHOLOGY: shall include, but not limited to the study of diseases of the systems, client history, indications, contraindications, and endangerment sites..

FACIALS-MANUAL: shall include skin analysis, cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs and masks.

FACIALS-ELECTRICAL: shall include the use of all electrical modalities and apparatuses, including dermal lights.

FACIALS-CHEMICAL: shall include peels, packs, scrubs, and masks.

EYEBROW ARCHING & HAIR REMOVAL: shall include removal of unwanted eyebrow hair to enhance or shape by tweezing, waxing or application of depilatories.

MAKEUP: shall include, but not limited to the understanding of shade and undertone, the application of foundation and how difference in consistencies and coverage as well as how identify eye and face shapes and learn proper points of application of products.

CORRECTIVE MAKEUP INCLUDING APPLICATION OF FALSE LASHES: shall include the application of corrective makeup as well as the application of false eyelashes to include strip and individual.

TRADITIONAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUES: shall include, but not limited to the introduction of Swedish Massage as well as the art of Reflexology.

SPA SERVICES: shall include, but not limited to the proper application of wraps and scrubs as well as aromatherapy and additional body treatments performed in spa settings.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING/TESTING/COMMUNICATION SKILLS/CLIENT CONSULTATION/SALON MANAGEMENT: shall include, but not limited to training in the area of communication skills that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, basic tax information relating to booth renter, independent contractors, employees and employers.


SUBJECTS OF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION: Minimum Hours of Technical Instruction:
Cosmetology Act/Board Rules & Regulations 10
Cosmetology Chemistry for Estheticians 10
Health & Safety/ Hygiene/ Hazardous Substances (minimum of 200 technical hours) 30
Theory of Electricity in Esthetics 05
Disinfecting and Sanitation 20
Bacteriology, Anatomy & Physiology 45
Pathology 30
Facials-Manual 20
Facials-Electric 30
Facials-Chemical 20
Eyebrow Arching & Hair Removal: Tweeze 10
Wax & Depilatories 20
Makeup 20
Corrective Makeup including False Eyelashes 30
Traditional Massage Techniques 25
Additional Spa Services 20
Additional Training (Testing, Business, etc), Orientation 10

Disinfecting, Sanitation & Daily Clean up duties 50
Facials-Manual 50
Facials-Electric 60
Facials-Chemical 40
Hair Arching & Hair Removal to include Waxing, Tweezing, and Depilatories 210
Makeup 40
Corrective MakeUp 20
Massage 28
Reflexology 08
Additional Spa Services 25
Additional Training 14



  • To successfully master training requirements needed to give instruction by demonstration lecture, classroom participation or examination.
  • To develop professional skills and attitude in the interest of the students learning environment.
  • To graduate from this institution possessing those skills to help secure at minimum, entry level employment.


  • To successfully enforce the knowledge of the laws and rules regulating California.
  • To successfully enforce the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases for the course of study.
  • To successfully deliver knowledge of the general theory as relative to the course curriculum.
  • To successfully teach business management techniques, which are common in the industry.
  • To successfully teach the necessary skills to perform practical procedures relative to the course curriculum.


  • Teach the proper use of implements relative to services offered in the program curriculum.
  • Teach the knowledge of performing a client consultation before all services to recognize any contraindications.
  • Teach the procedures and the terminology used in performing all services.


  • To be able to teach good workmanship skills.
  • To possess a positive attitude toward the students, public and fellow workers.
  • To instill honesty, integrity and ethics in oneself and others.
  • To have an improved personality while dealing with students, patrons, and colleagues.


The student shall have completed “Theory and Operations” as required by the California Code of Regulations sections 950.8 and 950.9 with an average grade of  “C” (70%) or better.


  • Will have completed all required classroom and practical/laboratory education and training; with a grade-point average of no less than 70%”C”.
  • Will have completed an SAP evaluation.
  • Will have had an exit interview with administration.
  • Unless a written arrangement has been made with the students, the student will have paid all tuition due to the school prior to graduation.
  • All students shall receive a diploma/certificate of completion for the chosen program upon graduation from the school.


The applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade.  A license will be granted by the State of California only after the student has successfully completed and graduated from the course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.

Books:  Pivot Point Salon Fundamentals-Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics and Manicuring Textbook and Study Guide


  • Students will be tested and receive a letter grade after the completion of each theory course.
  • In most instances, tests will be graded during class, immediately after the completion of the test, and after recording the results on student’s individual grade sheet, the test will be returned to student.
  • Students will be tested on their Basic Practical Operations at the end of the freshman class hours and upon evaluation by the Freshman Class Instructor and will be approved to graduate to work on the clinic floor.
  • Cosmetology students will be assessed at 450, 900, 1250 and 1600 hours.
  • Barbering students will be assessed at 450, 900, 1200 and 1500 hours.
  • Esthetician-Skin Care Specialist will be assessed at 450 and 900 hours.
  • Esthetics, Instructor Training, Massage Therapy, Manicuring/Nail Care, Barber Crossover to Cosmetology and Cosmetology Crossover to Barber students will be assessed at 50% and 100% of their class attendance (depending upon class clock hours) and receive a grade as outlined in the S.A.P.
  • Students will receive a copy of their progress report upon the completion of each evaluation period.
  • Overall Grades are determined on the basis of the student’s attitude and his/her ability to perform elements of the course curriculum. Approximately 25 percent of the grade will be based upon written tests, 50 percent, upon attendance and the remaining 25 percent is based upon practical performance skills.

Letter Grades are determined as follows:

90% to 100% “A” Excellent
80% to 89% “B” Good
70% to 79% “C” Average
60% to 69% “D” Needs to Retake Test

Students need to retake all tests with score below 70%

Students must maintain a “C” average for successful progression and graduation. Students who meet the minimum for attendance and academic progress shall be considered to be making SATISFACTORY PROGRESS until the next scheduled evaluation. Students who do not meet such requirements shall be deemed to be either (1) Under Warning (2) Not Making Satisfactory Progress/On Probation.

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