Cosmetic Arts

Esthetician Technology

Esthetician student massaging a clientEsthetics is the beautification of the skin. Students receive intensive training in the areas of facials, hair removal, and make-up application to become a licensed skin care specialist. Students also receive a Microdermabrasion certificate and a Chemical Peel certificate as part of the training. The tuition is paid in two parts: $1090 due at the beginning, $897 is due by Sept. 8. View the learning outcomes for the course. Additional questions? Contact Donna Littleton at 919-536-7240, ext. 4407.

The job outlook for skincare specialists is excellent with an expected job growth rate of 40% from 2012–2022! Learn more about what they do, the job outlook, and salaries in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

This course qualifies for ConnectFunds Grants and the SECU Scholarship.

45388 MTWTh 4/13/15–3/4/16 6–10 p.m.  Bldg 8 814 April 2 registration deadline

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Indulge yourself in a luxurious spa experience!
Read the menu of services, hours, and how to make an appointment in the Esthetician Technology spa. Curent faculty, staff, and students attend free! All clients must be at least 16 years old. The Spa is open November, Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30- 1:30 p.m.Call for an appointment at 919-536-7240, ext. 4420.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Esthetics?

Esthetics is the beautification of the skin. Students in the Esthetician Technology program receive intensive training in the areas of facials, hair removal, and makeup application to become licensed skin care specialists. Students also receive Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel certificates as part of the training.

What do I need to register for this course?

  • A completed Durham Tech Continuing Education registration form.
  • A copy of US high school diploma or GED certificate; students without either a diploma or GED certificate must take a COMPASS Reading placement test and score 75 or better.
  • Registration fees.

program student giving a client a massageFor which careers does this program prepare its graduates?

  • Esthetician
  • Skin care specialist
  • Skin care center educator
  • Trade publication editor
  • Makeup specialist
  • Business consultant
  • Makeup buyer
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Spa manager

Does Durham Tech provide job placement?

While Durham Tech does not guarantee job placement, many local spas and medical offices frequently hire our graduates. Possible employers include:

  • Day spas
  • Medical spas
  • Destination spas
  • Salons
  • Resort spas
  • Physician offices
  • Skin care centers

Is there a book required for this course?

Textbooks are required and are covered in the cost of the registration fee. A student kit containing required materials is provided.

Do I need to purchase a uniform?

Yes, please purchase a dark hunter green uniform and wear white comfortable shoes.

Is it okay to wear jewelry to class?

Yes. Minimal jewelry is acceptable. For the safety of esthetician students, body piercings may not be worn in class since some procedures use electricity and some jewelry can conduct electricity.

Is there a state esthetician exam?

Yes. Upon successful completion of this course, Durham Tech students are eligible to register to take the state board exam with the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners.

How do I register for Continuing Education courses?

View the Continuing Education registration section.

Where is the Esthetician Technology program located?

This program is located in Building 8 on Durham Tech’s Main Campus.

When do Esthetician Technology classes meet?

We offer day classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and evening classes Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

How much does the program cost and what type of financial assistance is available?

The program costs $1,987 and qualifies for ConnectFunds grants and SECU scholarships. To apply for a ConnectFunds grant, you must be a resident of Durham County, be a graduate of Durham Public Schools, and submit the following documents:

  • Grant application.
  • Course registration form.
  • Required prerequisite documents as outlined by Esthetician Technology program.

To apply for an SECU scholarship, you must:

  • Be a NC resident and a US citizen.
  • Complete and submit SECU Tuition and Fee Waiver Verification form with your application.
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have been notified of a pending layoff.
    • Are working and eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
    • Are working and earn wages at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
    • Are a military veteran or spouse, or a member of the National Guard.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED.

Do I need to be able to speak, read, and write English?

Yes. You must be able to speak, read, and write English because the class and the state exams are in English.

What forms of payment are accepted?

You may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards; a personal or company check; money order; third-party authorization letter; or cash. Cash may only be used if paying in person at the Cashier’s
Office at the White Building (Building 1), room 81, Main Campus.

What is the process for an agency (Vocational Rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIA) to pay for this course?

You must provide a copy of the authorization to pay letter from the agency


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