Program Objectives

The aesthetics vocational training program aims to train aestheticians.

As part of their tasks, aestheticians administer aesthetic care to different clients, with the help of techniques that use specialized products and equipment, with the goal of improving and maintaining a person's appearance, while providing physical and psychological well-being.

Before starting treatment, the aesthetician gathers information from the client. The skin, nails and body hair are examined as needed.

The aesthetician performs basic or specific aesthetic care for the face, neck, chest, back, hands and feet. An aesthetician can apply makeup for an occasion and can remove hair from different parts of the body using specialized products.

Furthermore, an aesthetician offers consultation services, sells care packages, cosmetic products and personalized services. They plan and organize their work, perform receptionist duties, ensure client follow up, perform administrative tasks and take care of the work place and materials. Aestheticians also make sure to stay up to date in their training.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
918-611 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 15 1
918-622 Prevent health and safety risks in beauty care 30 2
918-637 Observe the appearance of the skin and its appendages 105 7
918-645 Examine the client’s skin during a consultation 75 5
918-654 Perform massage movements 60 4
918-668 Provide basic facial care 120 8
918-677 Apply basic makeup 105 7
918-686 Provide information about cosmetic products 90 6
918-692 Interact with others in a work setting 30 2
918-706 Provide hand and nail care 90 6
918-713 Perform administrative tasks 45 3
918-724 Promote and sell cosmetic products and services 60 4
918-734 Apply elaborate makeup 60 4
918-747 Remove hair using wax, sugar paste and other hair removal products 105 7
918-764 Provide foot and nail care 60 4
918-788 Provide specific facial care 120 8
918-814 Design and carry out personalized care programs 60 4
918-825 Enter the workforce 75 5
1305 87

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Collège LaSalle
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Collège LaSalle Fall 22 D Sept. 1st, 2022
Winter 23 D Jan. 9th, 2023
English-Montréal SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Laurier MacDonald Vocational Centre/C.F.P. Laurier MacDonald AESE22E E Sept. 8th, 2022
AENV22D D Nov. 14th, 2022
Lester-B.-Pearson SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Business Solutions Group - Centre d’expertise RAC AESTH 2021 D Continuous entry
Gordon Robertson Beauty Academy ES221107 D Nov. 7th, 2022
ES230130 D Jan. 30th, 2023
ES230424 D Apr. 24th, 2023


Estheticians provide treatments for the face and body using specialized techniques and products. They perform skin cleansing, waxing, manicures, and make-up application. They advise clients when purchasing beauty products. Estheticians and cosmeticians must be discreet, empathetic, polite and have good interpersonal skills. This profession requires artistic talents, good manual dexterity, good personal hygiene, and estheticians must be impeccably dressed.

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Average Salary

Esthetician — $13.70

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