Esthetics and Spa Therapy

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Get expert industry training in facial treatments, manicure, pedicure, gel application, hair removal, makeup, and body massage while serving real clients at VCC’s state-of-the-art salon and spa.

Tuition: 17951*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-esthetics.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Practice skin and body therapies in accordance with safety, hygiene, and sanitation standards and regulations.
  • Describe human anatomy, physiology and chemical composition specific to concerns relating to nail, skin, body, and hair removal treatments.
  • Perform spa treatments based on client consultation, skin analysis and nutritional needs.
  • Apply the principles of colour and design to lash, brow and specialized makeup techniques.
  • Perform in an ethical and professional manner conducive to spa environments.
  • Apply retail business administration practices and marketing techniques for operating a spa.

What to expect

The Esthetics & Spa Therapy Certificate Program provides a wide range of student learning opportunities in the classroom, spa and workplace settings. Students will gain hands-on practical experience working with clients in the VCC Salon and Spa. Industry work experience provides students with additional opportunities to apply their knowledge and technical skills in a workplace setting. Classroom instruction is designed for students to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills which will be applied for success in the VCC Salon and Spa.

Participation is integral to the development of practical skills in this program; therefore, students assume the role of client, therapist and spa coordinator.

Work practicum offers students spa industry work experience, opportunities to practice knowledge and skills learned at the college and potential for employment.

Admission requirements


English 10 or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the program admission requirements may be admitted based on an interview with the Department Leader or representative.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

To be successful in the Esthetics & Spa Therapy Certificate Program, it is recommended students possess the following characteristics:

  • Ability to understand instruction in English;
  • Genuine interest in administering personal services;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Pleasant and out going personality;
  • Good hand and eye coordination;
  • Manual dexterity and creative ability;
  • Normal colour vision;
  • Good depth perception and ability to perceive line and form;
  • Ability to stand for a long periods of time;
  • Ability to plan and work independently;
  • Self motivation and a sense of responsibility;
  • Basic writing and numerical skills.

Candidates considering this program are likely to be most successful as graduates if they are in good health and are aware that the following health concerns may effect this career:

  • Asthma
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Eczema
  • Back Problems

Courses *

Classes are run 3 days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday to Wednesday or Thursday to Saturday. Students will be expected to attend classes in the cohort schedules that are assigned to them. Although classes are only offered 3 days a week, students are expected to study, prepare for exams, and work on assignments during the remainder of the week.

Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tool kit: approximately $2,000 plus tax (subject to change). Check the Bookstore for updates and other required materials.

Tuition Deposit

10750 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 17951
Student union212
College initiative119
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource180
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 285
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 414
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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Jan, Mar 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
May 2025
(Spring/Summer term)
June 01, 2024
Sep, Nov 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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