Esthetics and Spa Therapy Program

VIU Esthetics Program Parksville

8 Month Full-time Certificate Program

A career in Esthetics is exciting and rewarding. Be prepared to become qualified, competent, job-ready and in high demand with industry employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in many settings or capacities:

  • Day, resort and destination spas
  • Hair salons
  • Private business
  • Sales and promotion
  • Performing arts industry

Program Content

  • Career Essentials (ESPA 101T)
  • Microbiology: Health and Hygiene (ESPA 102T)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (ESPA 103T)
  • Skin Physiology (ESPA 104T)
  • Esthetic Services and Treatments (ESPA 105T)
  • Spa Body Services and Treatments (ESPA 106T)
  • The Art and Science of Make-up and non-surgical enhancements (ESPA 107T)
  • Experiential Learning: Clinic and Spa Module Phase 1 (ESPA 108T)
  • Experiential Learning: Clinic and Spa Module Phase 2 (ESPA 109T)
  • Experiential Learning: Clinic and Spa Module Phase 3 (ESPA 110T)

Course Delivery

Courses run on a full-time basis for 8 months on the Nanaimo Campus, with over 500 hours of ‘real life’ hands-on practical experience, including working with the public while supervised by qualified instructors.

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Recommendations for Admission

  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Physically fit and able to stand all day

In cases where there are more applicants than seats available, priority will be given to early applicants.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12, or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Successful completion of a Personal Profile
  • Students may be interviewed by program staff and industry

An Application for Admission is required.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance Coverage is required.

International Students

The registration and fee information included here is for Canadian students only.
Learn more about international admissions.

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