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Mohawk College Certificate
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Designed for individuals who are intending to pursue a career within the growing field of aesthetics. This is an intense program of study, utilizing both theory and practical application with emphasis on student involvement for experience and training. Some areas of study include skin care and treatments, product knowledge, waxing, manicuring, salon management and customer relations.

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Also available as a day-time program! The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Placement is limited. Special approval is required before registering for day-time courses. 

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You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

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  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Examine growth and care of healthy nails. Identify common diseases. Develop manicure and pedicure techniques, using appropriate equipment.
Credits: 2
Course description: Advance your knowledge of the skin, study product formulation and make choices based on in-depth skin analysis.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore the history, psychology and formulations of cosmetics. Analyze and apply the fundamentals and theory of makeup application. Practice proper hygiene and interpersonal communication skills.
Credits: 3
Course description: Apply procedures for hair removal including sanitation and business requirements. Explore eyelash and eyebrow tinting. You are responsible for providing models for practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Course description: Design your own colour wheel and related charts based on colour theory. Analyze figure types and undertones. Discuss what colour and styles means to a complete look. Create a customized wardrobe and makeup look for any client. Colour swatches matching their undertone will be given to each student at the end of the course.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop and hone sales skills and techniques specifically for the cosmetic industry. Identify and engage specific customer types. Apply and utilize product knowledge. Demonstrate the skills of handling objections and building a client base.
Credits: 3
Course description: Enhance your understanding of product knowledge, bacteriology, sanitation and hygiene and develop skills in skin cleansing, massage and mask treatments. You must provide models for application sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHAES02
Course description: Examine basic anatomy, fundamental organic chemistry, cell structure and function, and the 11 systems. Analyze aspects of the human body and how the body works as a unit through homeostasis as well as what happens when disease and disorder occurs. Prepare to work in the wellness world.
Credits: 3
Course description: Enhance your understanding of salon procedures and equipment, working with live models. You provide models for practical applications.
Prerequisites: ASTHAES03
Course description: Incorporates theory and practical application of: complete body relaxation massage, head massage, and back treatment. Topics presented for discussion purposes include lymphatic drainage, body wraps, body exfoliation, hydrotherapy and sunless tanning.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHAES03
Course description: Develop effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3
Course description: Gain valuable real world experience. Apply newly developed skills, and hands-on techniques to clients in an operating aesthetics / make up environment.
Credits: 2

Select 1 from the next 5 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance and further develop make up knowledge, skills and techniques in a variety of applications. Interpret colour choices, levels of intensity and experiment with new practices.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS244
Course description: Enhance skill development with emphasis on Paraffin Wax, Conditioning Manicures, French Manicures, gel procedures and hand and foot massage. You must provide models for practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS305 or ASTH10006
Equivalents: ASTHWS405
Course description: Apply corrective makeup techniques to conceal skin disorders, scarring resulting from accidents, burns, surgery, trauma, etc. Analyze and understand makeup formulations and psychological aspects of makeup use. Implement communication skills and demonstrate client documentation needed to be able to work effectively in a clinical setting.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop skills in make-up applications, focusing on specialized looks for daytime and evening, mature, and male clients.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS144
Course description: Perform Acry-gel applications for natural and artificial nail extensions. You are responsible for providing models for practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS405 or ASTH10007
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Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Aesthetics
  • Hair/Nail Salon
  • Cosmetics Counter/Store
  • Freelance Aesthetics

Occupational Categories:

  • Aesthetics
  • Cosmetics
  • Nails
  • Waxing
  • Make Up

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Job Bank