Esthetics & Spa Operations Diploma Program

Are you passionate about beauty? Do you watch endless YouTube videos to master the latest techniques? Is your Instagram feed filled with beauty bloggers? Are you the one doing your friends’ makeup before a night out? Whether you call it a beauty school, cosmetology course, or an aesthetics/esthetics course, this is the program for you.

It’s time to turn your passion into a rewarding and profitable career! Our diploma program in esthetics and spa operations will transform your hobby into the job of your dreams.

A career in beauty is so much more than skin-deep. When you help others look their best, they feel their best too. Trillium College graduates say that boosting their clients’ self-esteem is one of the most rewarding parts of their career in esthetics and spa operations.

Did you know that this industry also offers great flexibility? Many of our graduates run their own businesses from home. Other graduates run mobile businesses, meeting bridal parties and other clients on-location. Some choose to join a team at a beauty bar or spa or open their own location.

The Esthetics and Spa Operations diploma program at Trillium College gives you all the hands-on training you need. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need for success in esthetics. You’ll know all the trends and techniques and you’ll know how to turn those skills into a profitable business.

Our program trains you on how to work with a variety of clients. You’ll perform facials, anti-aging skin treatments, makeup application, body waxing, manicures, and pedicures. You’ll also learn the theory behind hot new industry items like – microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and laser skin treatment. Plus, our program teaches salon and spa administration, so you’ll be prepared to take on management roles in the beauty industry.

Areas of Focus

Our Esthetics and Spa Operations program includes classes in the following subject areas:

  • Professional Cosmetology
  • Anti-ageing Skin Treatments
  • Microdermabrasion Theory
  • Laser Hair Removal Theory
  • Laser Skin Treatment Theory
  • Spa and Body Treatments
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Trichology
  • Facials
  • Body Waxing
  • Spa Operations and Management
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

Learn via live instructor-led virtual lectures completed online as well as in-person labs at a training location.

Don’t just learn the theory – get the hands-on practice you need! In conjunction with the classroom theory, you will gain valuable professional experience working with the public in our student clinic.


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Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be ready to work in the wild of the booming esthetics industry. After graduating from our program, you may find employment at day spas, resorts, beauty salons, retail / department stores and pharmacies. You’ll also be ready to open your own beauty business, giving you the freedom to set your own hours and work on your terms.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Senior High School Science credit (grade 11 or 12), or completion of a Pre-Science course with a minimum 70% grade
  • Signed copy of the MTCU waiver for Esthetics Programs
  • Trillium College Immunization Report; completed and signed by a medical professional.

*Program temporarily being offered via online delivery as approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges.

Additional Information

Career Options

  • Cosmetics buyer
  • Cosmetics rep/brand ambassador
  • Esthetician
  • Freelance makeup artist
  • Nail technician
  • Skin care specialist
  • Skin care educator
  • Trade publication editor
  • Business consultant
  • Spa Manager

Employer Options

  • Day spas
  • Destination spas
  • Medical spas
  • Physician offices
  • Resort spas
  • Salons
  • Skin care centres
  • Movie and TV production sets