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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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Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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 - Creative, Media and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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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.

Also available as a day-time program!

The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Special approval from the Program Manager is required before registering for day-time courses. Placement is limited.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn to recognize healthy nails and understand their growth, diseases and care. Develop manicure and pedicure techniques, using appropriate equipment. You must provide models for practical applications and evaluations.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: ASTHWS305
Course description: Designed for those who have an interest in, or are pursuing a career in the field of Aesthetics. Through lecture and demonstration, the student will advance their knowledge of the skin, its structure, the skin types and disorders. They will continue to study product formulation and determine product choices based on in-depth skin analysis. Students will be responsible for models to work with on practical application sessions. Textbook for daytime program included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course covers the history and psychology of cosmetics, the fundamentals and theory of makeup for application in a variety of methods. Corrections and fashion trends. Emphasis is on practical demonstration and experience. Kit included for daytime.
Credits: 3
Course description: Waxing is a popular form of hair removal. This course covers application types and procedures including hair structure, growth, disorders, sanitation and business requirements. Both theory and practical demonstration is utilized. Students are responsible for models to work with at practical application sessions. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Participants will study colour, colour theory, colour combinations, style analysis, figure analysis, image profile for use in developing a well accessorized wardrobe with co-ordinated makeup shades. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to identify their own colour choices. Supplies included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop selling skills and techniques you need to improve cosmetic sales. Topics also include resume writing and interview skills to get the job.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS143
Course description: Through lecture and demonstration this continuation of Aesthetics: Skin Care I will further advance the students understanding of product knowledge, bacteriology, sanitation and hygiene. Utilizing practical applications the student will start to develop skills in skin cleansing massage and mask treatments. Students will be responsible for models to work with on practical application sessions. Manual and supplies included in course fee. PREREQUISITE: AES02-Aesthetics; Skin Care I
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHAES02
Course description: Enhance your understanding of human biology fundamentals as related to the Aesthetics Industry. This course does not meet the entry requirements for health sciences programs.
Course description: This advanced level course will focus on skin and beauty treatments with extensive demonstration and practical application. Working with models the student will refine and familiarize themselves with salon procedures and equipment. Students will be responsible for models to work with on all practical application sessions. Supplies included in course fee. PREREQUISITE: AES03-Aesthetics; Skin Care II
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHAES03
Course description: A continuation of Skin Care III with focus on body massage and care. Topics to be discussed or demonstrated include lymphatic and hot stone massage, body wraps, exfoliation and hydrotherapy treatments. This course will allow you to take your clients towards the full Spa treatments currently used in the industry today. Prerequisite; AES04 - Skin Care III or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHAES03
Course description: Learn Effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS136
Course description: Integrate classroom theory and practical experinece in the work place. You must arrange your own work place location and supervisor and receive spproval from the Certificate Program Manager BEFORE registering in this course.
Credits: 2

Industries of Employment:

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

Occupational Categories:

  • Aesthetics
  • Cosmetics
  • Nails
  • Waxing
  • Make Up