Ottawa School of Beauty Ltd

Professional Esthetician Diploma Program

The program delivers the cutting-edge education you’ll need to succeed in this growing fast paced career. Experienced instructors along with a spa environment and hands on client services assures our students will have the confidence and knowledge needed to be spa ready to meet the ever-increasing demands of the industry. 

Discover a Rewarding Career in Esthetics

The professional Diploma program is well-rounded in the field of Esthetics. The program objective is to provide individuals with the knowledge of both traditional and advanced aesthetic treatments. Students will be well versed in providing traditional aesthetic services such as facials, body treatments, makeup applications, nail treatments, and waxing. Students will have proficient knowledge of a variety of retail and professional skin care lines and product ingredients.

Students will also learn in-depth and detailed understanding and practical application of client consultations, sanitization and sterilization practices as per Canadian standards and professionalism in the workplace are emphasized throughout the program. We provide an intensive workshop for infection control.

Program Information

Course Start dates:

January, May, September

Program Length:

42 weeks, 1000 hours
Client services for practical experience scheduled during the week and on Saturdays

Education Requirements:

Grade 12 OR equivalent

Client services for practical experience scheduled during the week and on Saturdays

This Diploma Program is not available at the London Campus

Our curriculum includes

Personal development

Self care, work ethics, human relations

Customer consultation

Health and Safety

Sterilization, disinfection, skin diseases, contraindications, sanitation standards, infection control, bacteria and viruses, material disposal, emergency situations and safety equipment health and well-being – proper body posture and positioning. Pollution and its effects

Skin care

Cleansing, exfoliating, extraction, 25 manipulations for facial massage.

Disorders of the skin

Knowledge of disorders, skin diseases, analyzing skin disorders and anomalies

Skin Physiology and history of skin

Client consultation, skin analysis, cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body, bacteriology sterilization and disinfections, enemies of the skin, nutrition of the skin, allergies, pollution and its effects


The training on facials addresses 12 cleansing manipulations, histology of the skin, bacteriology and sanitation, cell structure and disorders and diseases of the skin. You also learn skin types, how to perform extractions, structure of the skin and product knowledge. Practical knowledge will be provided to the student using the latest equipment and updated machines and high frequency. Student’s will be introduced different types of facials, such as acne facial rosacea facial, and superficial chemical peels and eye treatments. Complete study of full facial massage with emphasis on different massage movements of the face.

Hydro Facials

The Hydra facial is one of the most popular in-office facial treatments right now. HydraFacial removes dead skin cells via suction, and at the same time, infuses the skin with hydrating and moisturizing serums. You will learn the theory, instruction and practical hands-on experience using in-house equipment.

Advanced Skin Care

Thermal masks, Algae masks, Modeling masks, Clay masks, Paraffin masks, Electrotherapy and galvanic treatments, High frequency with electrodes, Vacuum spray, Mechanical rotary brush, Acne treatments, Anti-aging treatments, Collagen sheets treatment, Dry, oily and mature skin treatment, Aromatherapy facials, Alpha-hydroxy Acid facials, Glycolic Acid facials, Specialty massages, Eye and neck treatments, Lymphatic Drainage, Speciality Facials


Learn the theory, knowledge and step by step procedures for safe and effective temporary hair removal, in all arears of the face and body. Theory of wax will cover bacteriology and sanitation, anatomy of the hair and contraindications.  Client consultation, pre and post instructions for after care.  Student will learn how to perform Brazilian waxing, different positioning of clients, based on the body size and skin elasticity. Practice opportunities available, (models are required), training also includes customer service and hot to promote new clientele and client retention. 

Sugar Waxing

This class will teach the art and theory of safely and effectively removing facial and body hair using an all-natural permanent method of hair removal.  Learn the benefits and professional technique using Sugaring and how this can be an alternative to traditional hair removal.  Using a paste of sugar, water, and lemon juice the hair is removed effortlessly from the face and body.  The curriculum includes:  Theory on hair growth stages and cycles, sanitation, and health regulations, pre and post care.  Practical experience using firm and regular sugar pates. 

The top Sugaring solution available in North America – Alexandria Professional is used in this course. This industry leading product is safer, has zero chances of burning and is 100% sanitary and hygienic. The course covers how to correctly remove unwanted hair using the Kennedy TheoryR for hair removal and skin conditioning with the 6 Steps to Achieve Perfect Sugaring Technique

Eyebrow /eyelash tinting

Lash and brow design, Eyelash and eyebrow tinting

SPA body therapy and relaxation massage and treatments

Training and massage techniques for relaxation massage.  Learn the anatomy and physiology of the back as well as the body systems and how massage is beneficial to overall body health.  You will obtain the knowledge on the classic massage movements (i.e.: Effleurage, Petrissage and Tapotement and cleansing techniques).  The course also teaches the students how to perform body wraps and introduction to cellulite treatments. Student will learn how to massage other parts of the body (stomach, legs, front & back, armshands and scalp).

Product knowledge Application and recommendation

Product knowledge Application and recommendation


Procedure and protocol. Photo rejuvenation treatment. Acne treatment.

Makeup Artistry

Training emphasizes techniques and practical applications. Color theory, eye make-up techniques, contouring, corrective techniques, lip enhancement are all including. Make-up application for day, evening and bridal techniques.

Color theory, Tools of the trade, Specialty application for the eyes, Contouring of the face, Lip correction techniques, Diminishing techniques for lines, wrinkles and scars, Different foundation choices, Eyelash and eyebrow tinting, Artificial lashes, Day make-up, Evening make-up, Bridal make-up, Runaway make-up, Fantasy make-up, photography make-up, smoky eyes.


Physiology and anatomy of the hand and nails, Nail disorders, Techniques and use of implements, Hand and arm massage, Basic manicure, French manicure, Spa manicure, Hot oil treatment, Paraffin treatment, Glycolic treatment, Nail repair, Nail art, Hot stone manicure, Shellac polish with UV light


Physiology and anatomy of the foot techniques and use of implements, Removal of callous and corns, Lower leg massage, Disorders, Basic pedicure, French pedicure, Spa pedicure, Cool mask treatment, Paraffin pedicure, Hot stone

Acrylic Nails

Provides the student with classifications of bacteria, and disinfectants and how they are used.  Student will learn the differences between sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation as well as importance of sanitization for your clients and themselves. Anatomy, physiology for the nail technician. Skin structure will provide the awareness of nail conditions and disorders and which ones should not be treated in the salon. Training with the CND nail product will be given along with tools, implements need. Students will learn how to apply extensions on the natural nail, nail shaping and manual shaping of the tips. Sculpting and nail forming. Overlay and removal of tips. Use of electric file. Introduction to Shellac DND, OPI and Gelish.

Gel Nail Techniques

Student will learn diseases and disorders of the nail, Student will learn how to apply tip extensions, shaping and manual filing, introduction to different types of Gel. Sculpting and nail forming with the Gel, refill, and proper removal of extensions. Students will also learn how to do just overlays of Gel for a stronger nail. Introduction to Shellac DND, OPI and Gelish.

Guest Speakers

including experts in the beauty trade, technical reps and owners/managers of Spas

SPA business basics

Entrepreneur skills, finances, work ethics, resume building, salon operations, marketing, promotion and sales strategies, time management, organizational skills, communication skills and conflict resolution. Profitability of the service.

Job Connect program

On-going job search assistance following graduation includes employer introductions and interviews plus our constantly up-dated in school job board. Numerous salon and spa owners are continuously recruiting our graduates.

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