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Versailles Academy’s Professional Esthetician Program

Course Objectives

The 21st century brought about a huge increase in human awareness of personal beauty and body care. Demand for qualified professionals in these fields is at an all-time high and still growing. A Versailles Academy diploma will qualify you to practice skin care on the face and body, and will allow you to confidently enter the esthetic profession.

Career Opportunities
Numerous career opportunities exist in spas, beauty institutes, health clubs, cruise ships, resorts and cosmetic firms. Many estheticians choose to open their own spa while others gain employment as teaching professionals, or work in cooperation with the medical field.

Course Start Dates
Courses start in September and January

Course Duration
40 weeks full-time
1000 hours
Monday through Friday

Professional Development

  • Personality development
  • Poise and posture
  • Ethics
  • Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • History and career opportunities in cosmetics
  • Sterilization and sanitation

Facial Techniques

  • Basic knowledge of anatomy
  • Basic facial techniques 
  • Skin analysis
  • Knowledge of the many treatments suitable to skin type
  • Jacquet massage
  • Facial equipment
  • Decollette and facial massage
  • Knowledge of biological products and their application
  • Ampoule and vial techniques

Advanced Facial Techniques

  • Use of galvanic and high frequency
  • Eye treatment
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tint
  • Manual and mechanical lymphatic drainage
  • Aromatherapy and uses of essential oils
  • Neck treatment
  • Men's skin care
  • Enhanced facial peel


  • Anatomy of the nail
  • Nail disorders and diseases
  • Classic manicure procedure
  • Men's manicure
  • French manicure
  • Hand treatment
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Spa manicure
  • Hot stone massage
  • Gel Polish Application


  • Anatomy of the foot
  • Common foot problems
  • Pedicure procedure
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Spa pedicure
  • Hot stone massage
  • Men's Pedicure

Make-Up Artistry

  • Colour Theory Concepts
  • Sanitation
  • Creating Your Canvas: Skin & Brows
  • Marketing: Building Your Social Media Portfolio
  • Day Make-Up
  • Corrective Make-Up Techniques: Facial Balance, Highlight, Contour
  • Evening Smokey Eye Make-Up
  • Wing Liner & False Lash Application
  • Wedding Make-Up Applications & Trials
  • Soft Bridal Make-Up
  • Glamour Bridal Make-Up
  • Mature Skin Make-Up
  • HD Photography Make-Up
  • Black & White Photography Make-Up
  • Colour Photography Make-Up
  • TV & Film Make-Up
  • Runway Make-Up
  • Editorial High Fashion Make-Up
  • Introduction to SPFX & Injury Make-Up

Treatment of Superfluous Hair

  • Hair removal for face and body
  • Strip and hard wax removal techniques for face and body
  • Eyebrow shaping and tweezing
  • Demo of sugaring method

Introduction to Medical Facial and Skin Care Therapy

  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Introduction and demos of:
    • Chemical peels
    • Microdermabrasion
    • IPL Intense Pulsed Light Procedures

Body Therapy

  • Back massage for relaxation
  • Body polish glow
  • Back treatment
  • Bust treatment
  • Complete body massage
  • Scalp massage
  • Treatment of cellulite
  • Firming and toning
  • Hot stone massage

Spa Management

  • Select and recommend merchandising based on spa design
  • Apply marketing techniques for sale of salon products and services
  • Build communication skills for effective dialogue with others
  • Analyze current spa trends and management
  • Small business practices
  • Customer relations
  • Male market
  • Resume and job interview skills
  • Business skills
  • How to start your own business
  • Social media marketing

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers include experts in the beauty trade and its related fields, medical specialists and technical reps from various skin care lines along with Owners and Managers of Spas.



“Since graduating from Versailles Academy’s professional esthetician and cosmetician program in 2003, I’ve been able to explore various avenues in the field of wellness, skin care and medical esthetics. Versailles provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to pursue a career in an industry I love and successfully own and operate the Ottawa Laser Clinic."

- Alison Watson, Professional Esthetician & Cosmetician Graduate, June 2003   |  Facebook

Alison Watson
Professional Development
Facial Techniques
Advanced Facial Techniques
Make-Up Artistry
Treatment of Superfluous Hair
Introduction to Medical Facial and Skin Care Therapy
Body Therapy
Spa Management
Guest Speakers
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