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Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate

In this 43-week (1,100-hour) program, students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the field of professional Esthetics and Nail Technology. Students learn the latest industry techniques for a wide range of treatments including spa level manicures and pedicures, artificial nail enhancements, skin care and facials, waxing essentials, aromatherapy, reflexology, relaxation and hot stone massage, body scrubs and wraps, eye lash and brow tinting and make-up foundations. A blend of theory and practical application ensures the graduates are prepared to work in day spas, destination spas, on a cruise ship, or in their own entrepreneurial venture.

In addition to obtaining Okanagan College certification, students will be prepared for membership with industry associations should they choose to pursue them.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • A scheduled mandatory meeting with Esthetics and Nail Technology staff to discuss their interest in the industry, to clarify program requirements and to provide counselling on entry into the program.

Program Outline

ESNT 101 History and Professionalism in Esthetics
ESNT 102 Infection Control: Principles and Practice
ESNT 103 General Esthetic Sciences
ESNT 104 Nail Structure & Growth: Diseases and Disorders
ESNT 105 Natural Nail Care: Manicures and Pedicures
ESNT 106 Artificial Nail Enhancements: Techniques and Procedures
ESNT 107 The Skin Sciences
ESNT 108 Product Selection and Ingredients: Making Informed Choices
ESNT 109 Skin Care and Facials
ESNT 110 Waxing Essentials
ESNT 111 Aromatherapy: An Introduction
ESNT 112 Reflexology for the Esthetician
ESNT 113 Relaxation Massage and Hot Stone Therapy
ESNT 114 Body Scrubs and Body Wraps
ESNT 115 Introduction to Advanced Esthetics
ESNT 116 Eyelash and Brow Tinting
ESNT 117 Make-Up Foundations
ESNT 118 Business Skills, Retailing and Career Skills
ESNT 119 Practical Skills
ESNT 120 Advanced Practical Skills
ESNT 121 Practicum

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass the practicum and achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in all other courses of the program.

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $10,924
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials


Delivery Style: In class

September - June: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and one Saturday per month

When applying online, choose Continuing Studies as the faculty.

This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022