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: 12560*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
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.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

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 *

Monday to Wednesday or Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


This program must be completed within 2 years.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

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

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

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

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 12560
Student union192
College initiative111
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource503
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 398
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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