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/programs/Pages/Esthetics.aspxWellness and Service ProgramsNoMichael Johnson 24/5/2024 12:28 PM
Esthetician Certificate
Esthetician Certificate
​The Esthetics Certificate is full for the Fall 2024 semester. Please contact the Admissions Office at 651.846.1555 or for next steps and to be added to the program waitlist.​
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​Saint Paul College's Esthetician Program is a CIDESCO school. This means the program prepares candidates for the CIDESCO examination. CIDESCO is an internationally recognized esthetics credential.

Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie​​
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Professional Affiliations
Minnesota Salon & Spa Professional Association (MNSSPA)​​

  • Graduates of the Esthetician​ Diploma program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam.​
  • CIDESCO certification holders are able to license as an esthetician technician, certify as a massage therapist, and license as a nail technician upon completion of clinic nail hours. Cross trained therapists are able to work in Spas, Medical Offices, Cruise Ships and 5 Star Resorts.​

  • ​​Full Service Salons
  • Day spas 
  • Fitness Centers 
  • Dermatologist and plastic surgeon offices 
  • Hospitals
Esthetics Gainful Employment Info.Esthetician Certificate

​Esthetician services include specialized work with skin care products, analysis of skin, skin exfoliation, massage techniques and facials. Students learn to tint brows and lashes, apply makeup, provide temporary hair removal, and use machines designed to administer skin treatments. 

After esthetician students complete 600 hours of skills and theory training and pass the written exam through the State designated testing service and skills certification, they are eligible for licensure through the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. 

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.​

Esthetician Certificate students can complete the program in one semester (Fall or Spring).

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

​Textbook and Supply Costs
Students should expect to spend approximately $2,200.00 for esthetics books and supplies (first semester). Tuition, college fees and books for remaining courses are not included in this cost. Items can be purchased in the College Bookstore. In addition, there is a fee to take the Minnesota licensure exam. 

Be prepared to purchase all Esthetics kits with the instructor on the second day of class. Financial aid must have been completed.​

CIDESCO Certification Exam
Graduates of the Esthetician International Diploma program are eligible to take the CIDESCO certification exam. The cost of this exam is approximately $350.00 for under graduate students and approximately $650.00 for post graduate students. After passing the CIDESCO exam a fee of $65.00 is charged for the CIDESCO diploma and pin. CHSN 2411 CIDESCO Exam Student Preparation class and the CIDESCO exam is offered summer semester only. The Esthetician Diploma will meet the criteria for the CIDESCO exam requirement of 1200 hours of training in skin, massage and nail services.

Esthetics Program Video
  • Anatomy, physiology and histology of the skin and body
  • Skin analysis and massage
  • Cosmetic ingredients
  • Customer service
  • Makeup application
  • Use of machines to administer skin treatments
  • Temporary Hair Removal
  • Brow and lash tinting​


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