ESTH
City: Sarnia
One-Year with Placement Ontario College Diploma
Sep Waitlisted

Overview

Explore the creative field of esthetics and open your eyes to a variety of career options locally and around the world.

Salon and spa service providers across the globe are looking for qualified Estheticians to work with their clients. Our graduates set themselves apart from the competition by training in one of the largest training labs in Canada, with state-of-the-art facilities that prepare students for this growing profession.

The Esthetician program is an Ontario College Diploma offered over three consecutive terms. A graduate from this program will have completed an official two-year diploma program in just 12 months.

Students learn a full range of spa services including:

  • Skin care
  • Semi-permanent hair removal
  • Body treatments
  • Makeup application
  • Manicures and pedicures

Curriculum also emphasizes general business operations, sales, professionalism, and health and safety.

Upon graduation, students will have obtained over 600 hours of practical hands-on experience while training at the Salon & Spa - a live practical lab where students provide services and handle the day-to-day operations of the business. Clients from the community eagerly await the opening of the Salon & Spa every term.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact counselling@lambtoncollege.ca. Review the Mature Student Admission process.

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Meet Zarah - A Rising Star in the Makeup World

Zarah found her passion for makeup artistry after taking a Dual Credit course in Grade 12. She's a recent graduate of the Esthetician program and will be continuing her education at the College of Makeup Art & Design in Toronto.

In October 2022, Zarah won a makeup contest and was identified as a new, upcoming Makeup Artist by NYX Cosmetics Canada. She was also awarded a $10,000 Avenues for Access Scholarship in partnership with Warner Brothers Canada.

Costs

  • Year 1 $7,357.94

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Additional Fees

  • Esthetics Kit*
    $1,500.00

Esthetics Kit

Included in this fee are four separate kits:

  • Manicure & Pedicure Kit - includes foot files, manicure bowl, nail files, kredo blades, towels, cuticle clippers
  • Facial Kit - includes facial gown, towels, facial implement
  • Makeup Kit - includes foundations, powders, shadows, liners, lipsticks
  • Nail Enhancements Kit - includes products used in artificial nail enhancements

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Labs & Facilities

Courses

COM-1113
Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional and inclusive communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

SPA-1013
Manicure

Students learn the anatomy of the arm, hand and fingernail, including nail disorders and diseases. Sequential steps to a manicure including cuticle care, proper filing/shaping techniques, hand and arm massage and professional polish applications are taught. Students learn and practice sterilization procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety Standards.

SPA-1023
Pedicure

Students learn the anatomy of the lower leg, foot and toenail. Benefits of foot care are discussed. Common disorders of the feet are discussed and contraindications for pedicure treatments are explained. Consultation and record keeping are instructed and practiced. Attracting clients and the potential to increase sales are discussed. Students learn the sequential steps to a professional pedicure, including massage of the foot and leg, spa pedicure options and various polishing techniques. Professionalism is studied and implemented.

SPA-1033
Hair Removal I

This hybrid course explores anatomy of the follicle/hair structure and appendages. Proper waxing techniques are demonstrated, followed by close supervision of "hands on practice". Proper hygienic procedures are stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-1044
Applied Spa Experience I

This course provides students the opportunity to practice on fellow students and perfect the skills they have acquired during this semester; in a professional spa setting. All facets of daily spa activities are introduced. Students are responsible for booking appointments, laundry, cleaning as well as performing services. Professionalism is stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-1054
Skin Care I

This course introduces the student to the integumentary system. Fundamentals of cosmetic chemistry, product knowledge, nutrition for the skin and electricity are included. Basic professional facial procedures are taught. Professional image, conduct and procedures are discussed and implemented. Students will learn and demonstrate best practices for decontamination in accordance to Canada's Health and Safety Standards.

SPA-3062
Salon & Spa Development I

In this online course, the challenges of successfully owning and/or operating a spa, salon or related business are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on communication, marketing strategies and professionalism. The importance of selling services and products and building positive client relationships are discussed.

SPA-3013
Makeup Artistry & Applications

Course content includes various professional makeup techniques and discussion on the latest products available. A focus is placed on daytime and evening makeup application looks. Bridal, photography, creative and glamour looks are explored. Instruction on brow shaping and artificial lash application is included and practiced by students. Students study best practices for decontamination according to Canada Health and Safety Standards.

SPA-2033
Hair Removal II

Continuing from Level I, Hair Removal Level II expands on hair removal methods, products, and innovative technology. Students spend 30 hours in our on-site spa/ lab practicing advanced techniques (including Brazilian). Permanent hair removal methods are discussed and/or demonstrated. Hygienic procedures and professionalism are stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-2046
Applied Spa Experience II

This course gives students the opportunity to practice on fellow students and members of the college community. Students have the opportunity to "fine tune" the skills they have acquired in this semester and the previous semester, spending 90 hours in a professional spa setting. Using computer skills, students are responsible for booking appointments, as well as laundry, cleaning, performing services and taking inventory. Professionalism is stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-2054
Skin Care II

Continuing from level 1, Skin Care Level II includes advanced skin type specific treatments. Advanced esthetic equipment are studied and utilized in facial treatments. Various product lines are studied. Students perform facials on fellow students to meet industry expectations. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-3004
Nail Technology & Chemistry

Various methods of artificial nail applications are taught in this course. Safe and proper handling of all chemical components of the gel systems are stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards as related to nail care services.

SPA-4062
Salon & Spa Development II

Building on the skills and knowledge presented in Salon and Spa Development I, students examine the challenges of success owning and/or operating a spa/salon or related business. Employee personalities and management are discussed. Students expand on promotions and marketing ideas. Emphasis is placed on communication, professionalism, business mathemetics and the details of how to create a business plan.

SPA-2024
Structure & Function of the Skin & Body

This course is designed to introduce the student to human anatomy and physiology and the eleven systems of the body, with a focus on study of the integumentary system. Biology of the skin and its functions, skin types and conditions, skin diseases and disorders and the effects on skin of genetics and the environment are all studied. Product knowledge and ingredients, cosmeceuticals and nutriceuticals are considered. Sanitation, current disinfection practices and bacteriology will also be investigated.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective (Select 2)

SPA-3053
Skin Care III

Continuing from Skin Care I and II, Skin Care Level III includes advanced skin type specific treatments and techniques utilizing advanced esthetic equipment. Various product lines and active ingredients are studied. Students perform facial treatments on each other, members of the College community, and the public to meet industry expectations. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPA-4004
Innovative Techniques

This course teaches the student how to perform full body treatments. Students learn the anatomy and physiology of the body, product knowledge, a basic understanding of aromatherapy as well as nutritional information to better understand the holistic workings of the body. Students practice their skills in class. Students practice safety and sanitation standards in accordance with Health Canada.

SPA-4048
Final Applied Spa Experience

This course gives students the opportunity to practice on fellow students and members of the college community, and the general public. Students have the opportunity to further "fine tune" the skills they have acquired this semester and in the previous year. Using computer skills, marketing knowledge, and esthetic skills students are responsible for booking appointments, laundry, cleaning, performing services, taking inventory, promoting the on -site spa, maintaining client relations, and building a client data base. Professionalism is stressed. Students learn and practice sterilization and sanitation procedures in accordance with Canada Health and Safety standards.

SPAF-4065
Field Placement

Students will be exposed to a wide range of atmospheres in the esthetics industry. This will be accomplished by 1 or 2 day visits to various esthetic related businesseses in the community.

SPA-3073
Introduction to Medical Esthetics & Advanced Treatments

This course introduces the student to the advancing field of medical esthetics and advanced esthetics treatments and services. Students learn about opportunities in the field and available options and training requirements for a variety of services. Theory of laser applications and product knowledge are presented. Best practices for decontamination are discussed. Guest speakers and demonstrations are included in the course. Opportunities for micro-certifications are offered for a variety of services.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

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Program Information

1-844-LAMBTON

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After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

ESTH after graduation photo of student in spa and salon lab.

Our graduates have found positions both in Canada and around the world on cruise ships, in hotels, spas, and beauty salons. Some graduates will find work in sales as associate personnel, product trainers, and distributors of esthetic products. Others may find employment with plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Some find fulfillment in entrepreneurial ventures.

Continue your Studies at Lambton College

Graduates of the Esthetician program can choose to continue their studies at Lambton College in two ways:

Graduate Certificate in Medical Esthetics

Gain additional skills as a Medical Esthetician. The Medical Esthetics & Advanced Skin Care Therapies program at Lambton College is a great addition to your Esthetician diploma if you are looking to specialize in medical esthetics.

Hairstylist Diploma Program

Easily transfer some of your common courses to the Hairstylist diploma program and complete two diplomas in two years.

Placement

Community Placements

Students have the opportunity to take a field placement course that exposes them to many different esthetic locations including retail based operations and day spas. This experience allows them to familiarize themselves with a variety of potential work environments. It is also a great way for students to make valuable connections with potential employers.

Student sitting in common areas on her ipad.
Proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks may be required.

Vaccinations & Police Record Checks

Students considering this program should be aware that there may be field and clinical placement requirements. Many placements require students have proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks.

Once you’ve applied, you can log in to mylambton.ca and view the program-specific Field & Clinical Placement Requirements. If you need information about these requirement before applying, please contact placementinfo@lambtoncollege.ca.

More Information

Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.