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The Esthetics program provides students with the skills and experience required to be an integrated and professional esthetician. Beautification of the body is achieved through treatments to provide professional care of skin, hands and feet, and the use of cosmetic products. This program covers a variety of esthetics practices such as manicures, pedicures, facial and body treatments, waxing and eyebrow tinting, makeup artistry, auricular therapies, and more.

Students will practice 30% of their studies in our on-site spa.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Estheticians give facial and other body treatments using specialized products and techniques.
  • Cosmeticians advise customers on the use of make-up and other beauty products and apply make-up to customers; may specialize in applying makeup to models or other individuals for special occasions.
  • Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape and polish fingernails and toenails and provide related treatments.
  • Scalp treatment specialists apply medicated lotions to treat scalp conditions and hair loss.

Career College Versus Public Community College

What is different about attending a Career College like Gates College versus Public Community Colleges like Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College or Durham College?

Gates College is registered as an Ontario Career College and programs are approved as vocational programs under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005 and follow the several amendments included in the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023 (Effective, January 1, 2024*). Public Community Colleges such as Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College and Durham College operate under a separate branch. There are benefits you may experience when attending an Ontario Career College like Gates College, that the Public Community Colleges may not offer.

For example:

  • Small Class Sizes
  • One course at a time Modular Based Learning
  • Fixed Block Schedules
  • Frequent Start Dates
  • This program is currently being delivered in an Instructor-led online environment

A Gates College student will find that our Campuses and our Online experience is very student-focused and always puts the student’s goals first!

Program Outline

What is offered currently in our program:

Skin Care Therapies

  • Facial Treatments
  • Skin Disorders and Diseases

Advanced Skincare 

  •  Microdermabrasion
  •  Topical Treatments
  •  Chemical Treatments

Spa Body Treatments

  • Body Wraps
  • Relaxation and Stone Massage
  • Body Exfoliation
  • Aromatherapy
  • Scalp Massage

Nail Technology

  • Manicure Services
  • Pedicure Services
  • Nail Disorders and Diseases
  • Gel Polish services

Hair Removal Techniques

  • Waxing
  • Sugaring


  • Colour Theory
  • Special Occasion Makeup 
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Everyday Makeup

Ethics and Professionalism

  • Infection Control
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Career Opportunities
  • Employment Achievements

Video Testimonial – Roice Paudash

Esthetics Program Student of Gates College

Video Testimonial – Shana Morin

Esthetics Program Graduate of Gates College, Business Owner & Current Esthetics Program Instructor

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