Esthetician Certificate (CE11)

The Esthetician Certificate program is designed to offer esthetics training for entry-level students. Completion of the program prepares students to sit for the Esthetics licensure examination given by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and to work in a variety of professions that employ estheticians in beauty salons, spas, health clubs, cosmetic stores as well as plastic surgeons’ and dermatologists’ offices.

Important Esthetician Certificate Program Admissions Information

The Esthetician Certificate program is an in-demand program with limited seats for each cohort. Each cohort generally accepts 16 students. It is important to understand that acceptance into the program for a semester does not guarantee registration into a cohort during that semester. It does, however, place you on a list of accepted students in order of the date you were officially accepted to the program. The program advisor will notify students during the registration period for the upcoming term if they have a seat in a cohort for that term. While students can indicate their preference for a day or evening cohort, the request cannot be guaranteed.   

If offered enrollment for a cohort and the student declines, the student’s spot will be forfeited and will be removed from the waitlist. In order to be placed back on the waitlist, the student will need to submit a new application for admission and be accepted again. The student will be placed on the waitlist based on the new date of acceptance.

If registered for a cohort, a student will be required to attend a mandatory program orientation prior to the start of the semester. Students will be notified by the program advisor of the date and time of the orientation once registered for a cohort.

If a student decides to pursue a different program while waiting for the next available cohort, the student must contact admissions prior to changing programs in order to remain on the list.   

Employment Opportunities

Estheticians are eligible to work as a salon or day spa esthetician, medical esthetician, makeup artist, manufacturer’s representative, salesperson or sales manager, cosmetics buyer, esthetics writer or editor, educator, and state licensing inspector or examiner.


The Cosmetology program at Ogeechee Technical College is regulated by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology, 237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217, Phone 478.207.2440. Graduates are eligible to take the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology Examination. Web:


Upon successful completion of the esthetician program, a licensure examination is required to work in the State of Georgia. Information on the licensure exam can be found on the Georgia Secretary of State website (

After obtaining a passing score on both the written and practical examination, a candidate must submit an application for licensure to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology with the appropriate fee. Passing the written and practical exam does not guarantee licensure. All criminal convictions and any board sanctions must be reviewed by the Board as a consideration for licensure.

Medical Requirements

Cosmetology/Hair Designer/Esthetics students are required to have a Tuberculosis skin test.  Student must provide TB test results prior to entering program.  Documentation will be maintained in a medical file. Proof of a negative skin test or chest x-ray must be provided to the instructor during your first program term.  Upon being advised of the inherent risk of exposure to Hepatitis, consent/declination forms will be provided for documentation of the student’s decision.  These forms will be maintained in the instructor’s office. We work with chemicals that may be harmful.  If you are or in the event you become pregnant during this course, check with your doctor and have him give you documentation stating that you may or may not attend this course.  A release of liability form must be signed by student and placed in the students file.


Admissions Criteria

Please Note: Program has limited capacity. Registration is first come, first serve. Admittance to the program does not guarantee registration for courses. 

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA



Esthetician Curriculum

The curriculum for the Esthetician certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program Fall and Spring Semester only. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 33 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 1000 contact hours and generally takes 3 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (33 Credits)

ESTH 1000Introduction to Esthetics


ESTH 1010Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin


ESTH 1020Skin Care Procedures


ESTH 1060Esthetics Practicum I


ESTH 1030Electricity & Facial Treatments with Machines


ESTH 1040Advanced Skin Care


ESTH 1050Color Theory and Makeup


COSM 1120Salon Management


ESTH 1070Esthetics Practicum II


NOTE: “C” or higher grade is required for all the above courses.

Program Costs

Tuition: ($100 per credit hour): $3,300  

Fees: ($385 per semester): $1,155

Books/Supplies: $385

Uniform Costs: Approximately $75

Liability Insurance:   Liability Insurance (click to find your program)

Certification Exam: $109

TB Test: $40

Course Supply Fees:  Esthetician (click to find individual course fees)

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)