In order to purchase one of the NACC’s highly regarded programs, the college must be a member of the National Association of Career Colleges.

Estheticians work in spas and salons providing a variety of services including nail technology, manicures, 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 assessments, they develop their skills in esthetics services and responsibilities as a part of a team. This program has been updated to support hybrid learning for colleges with a Learning Management System (LMS).

Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Beauty salons
  • Electrolysis studios
  • Scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics
  • Cosmetic departments of retail establishments like pharmacies and department stores
  • Self-employment

The scope of responsibilities for an Esthetician is as follows:

  • Schedule and confirm esthetics appointments
  • Promote treatments, services, programs, promotions and discounts
  • Perform skin analysis, retail and professional product selection and client consultation pre- and post-treatment
  • Perform facial treatments with or without machines on a variety of skin types
  • Analyze facial skin tones and apply make-up: day, night, bridal, and corrective
  • Perform basic and specialized manicures and pedicures
  • Remove hair from clients using temporary hair removal methods
  • Perform spa body treatments and various types of cosmetic massage
  • Practice appropriate standards of infection prevention and sanitary control during treatment
  • Practice standard safety precautions and client contraindications when performing treatment
  • Perform prep work, clean and restock rooms and dispensaries
  • Practice Spa management skills

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.


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

Program Length:

  • Total Program hours: 1,040 hours

NACC Final Theory Examination:

The NACC final examination is an on-line examination that evaluates the theory component of the training and determines whether the candidate has the required level of knowledge to do the job safely and effectively. The external setting for the exam and marking provide unbiased and consistent evaluation of adherence to the NACC Program standard. To schedule your final exam, please speak with your college representative.

All students write the NACC final theory examination at the end of the program.

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