Certificate in Esthetics

Esthetics Program

Program Description

This is an approximately 32-week certificate program covering esthetics and spa therapy. It includes theory, infection control and hands-on training in facials, body massage, body treatments, aromatherapy, makeup artistry, waxing, lash lifting and tinting, brow tinting, manicures, pedicures, and gel polish and overlays.

Students will use the basic principles of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry to support the applied learning required by the program. Electrotherapy and sanitation procedures will be discussed and integrated throughout their studies.

Students will also gain experience while performing services in a fully functioning on-site spa under the supervision of the esthetics instructor. They will learn the necessary business practices and teamwork skills needed for the profession while providing real-time practical client care.

In addition, the program will introduce students to the required business skills to run a salon or spa, explore career planning, and produce a professional quality portfolio to showcase their skills.

The program will prepare students to write the Beauty Council Western Canada licensing examinations (theory and practical) at the end of their training. The cost of this exam is not included in program fees.

This Program has a reading week which typically occurs during the last week of February each year.  

Career Prospects

The Esthetics industry offers career opportunities in areas such as, spa therapy, nail technician, demonstrator, sales representatives, salon proprietor, makeup artist, esthetician on a cruise ship, medical spa assistant, and spa management, among other opportunities. Students who complete this program will be eligible to take the Beauty Council licensing examination. This exam represents the industry's highest standard.


Location: Dawson Creek - South Peace Campus

Length: Approximately 32 weeks, 934 hours

Start: Refer to the Trades Intake Schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Math – one of the following:
BC Math 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or BC Math 11 or BC Math 12 (minimum final grade of C), or equivalent.\
MATH 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 10 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.
Science – one of the following:
BC Science 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or equivalent.
SCIE 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.


ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.


Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
  •        Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Science: 11.00 grade equivalent or higher

Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.


Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid. 
  2. Esthetics Kit, which includes all the tools necessary for the program, will be included in instructional related fees.
  3. As NLC’s South Peace campus is connected to the Dawson Creek High School - South Peace campus, the Criminal Records Review Act requires that all students over the age of 19 before classes begin must complete a Schedule Type B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Costs related to the CRC will be paid by the College; please contact the NLC Admissions Officer for more information.
  4. The program is a affiliated with School Districs 59, 60 and 81.
  5.  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
  6. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?  Program Contact: trades@nlc.bc.ca

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