Estheticians work in spas and salons providing a variety of services including nail technology, manicures and pedicures, make-up, skin care and facials.  They require knowledge in human anatomy, skin care, nutrition, sterilization and sanitation.

Graduates of the NACC Esthetics program have received training and practical experience in areas vital to the spa and salon industry.  Through classroom instruction, discussion, observation, group work, skill demonstrations, assignments and evaluations, they cover the theory and skills needed in this field.  Through hands-on practical opportunities and assessment they develop their skills in esthetics services and responsibilities as a part of a team.

Topics covered in the NACC Esthetics program:

  • Introduction to Esthetics
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Bacteriology and Decontamination
  • Cells, Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Disorders and Diseases of the Skin
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Chemistry, Cosmetic Ingredients & Production Analysis
  • Facials
  • Electrotherapy for the Estheticians
  • Hair Removal
  • Manicures & Pedicures
  • Make-up Artistry, Lash & Brow Enhacement
  • Cosmetic Massage & SPA Body Therapies
  • Salon / SPA Business Management
  • Career Planning and Employment Skills
  • Job Shadowing

Labs and Job Shadowing

Graduates of the NACC Esthetics program have had a minimum of 500 hours in a lab practicing, refining and being assessed on skills needed to perform esthetics services.  Graduates have also been placed in a job shadowing role in a spa or salon to gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an esthetician in a work environment.

NACC Esthetics Standard

NACC colleges are provincially registered and regulated.  Our students’ success in the work force is a direct reflection of our success as educators.  Each NACC college is dedicated to skills development at the forefront of today’s training.  The program is designed and modified to meet specific job requirements.  This means that our graduates have acquired the skills that they need to work effectively in a spa or salon environment.

Final Esthetics Examination

The NACC final examination evaluates the theory component of the training and determines whether the candidate has met the required level of knowledge. The external setting and marking provide unbiased and consistent evaluation, adhering to industry standards.

NACC’s Exam Services Committee monitors and reviews the Esthetics program content and examination system.  The Exam Services Committee also serves as a resource for member colleges offering support and advice for delivery of the program.

Examinations are developed by the committee with input from the esthetics sector and Common Standards Group Colleges, and examinations are offered on a monthly basis.

The standardized curricula and third party examinations not only demonstrate NACC’s commitment to promote national standards, but also facilitate credit transfer and mobility for students seeking further qualifications.

NACC Certificate and Pin

Successful students are awarded a numbered certificate and correspondingly-numbered pin identifying the graduate as having successfully passed the theory portion of the Esthetics program.


Benefits to potential employers hiring graduates of the Common Standards Group Esthetics Program include:

  • Assurance that graduates have been trained to meet established learning outcomes and program standards
  • Assurance that the graduate has the knowledge required to do the job as verified by third party testing
  • Assurance that the skills required to do the job have been verified prior to graduation

Key Elements of the Program

Entrance Requirements:

Click here to view the NACC Esthetics Admission Requirements.

Program Length:

  • Classroom instruction – 500 hours
  • Lab/Workshop/Field Work – 500 hours – NACC Skills Passbook
  • Job Shadowing Placement – 40 hours – NACC Skills Passbook

Instructor Requirements:

  • Diploma in Esthetics with minimum of 3 years relevant and current experience as an esthetician in Canada
  • Meets provincial Ministry requirements to teach the program

Text books:

See NACC Esthetics Information package

NACC Final Theory Examination:

Students write the final theory examination at the end of the program. Maximum of 3 writings. Certificate and pin awarded to those who pass the exam

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