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CIDESCO is the world’s major international beauty therapy association. The organization was founded in 1946 with its head office in Zurich,  Switzerland to promote aesthetics on an international basis. Since 1957, the CIDESCO qualification has set standards that have been  initiated over the five continents of the globe uniting members on a national and international level. Today CIDESCO is represented in over  33 countries to promote the exchange of professional knowledge, new developments and information by organizing yearly international  congresses held all over the world. The CIDESCO diploma is being recognized as the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Esthetics and Beauty Therapy. It is the passport to jobs in Esthetics and Beauty Therapy all over the world.  It is also a brand to confirm your Esthetics and Skin Care profession.

Why should I become a CIDESCO diplomat?

A CIDESCO diploma is the highest qualification in the esthetics industry, known by employers throughout the world. A CIDESCO graduate student is known to employers to be exceptionally prepared for any type of spa or beauty opportunity available. Whether it is facial treatments or body treatments, the CIDESCO program prepares students to work hands on, providing any number of services, from skin assessments and eyebrow tinting to massage and waxing. With a CIDESCO education, you will be at the highest level of learning, and able to compete with global standards and expectations.

Do you want to travel the world on a cruise ship? CIDESCO standards will be recognized and greatly benefit as you head into international waters. Many International doctors and spas are aware of the benefits and high standards that being a CIDESCO Diplomat represents. They are more apt to hire someone with a CIDESCO Diploma because they know that they will be getting an employee with the best training available.Want to stay closer to home? Many Manufacturers and Cosmetic companies recognize the standard of CIDESCO and are searching for well qualified employees. In this competitive environment, where wellness, beauty, and health are all interconnected, you must stay ahead of the game!  Employers are looking for therapists that are multi-licensed and have a broad, extensive education.  With CIDESCO you will have that and much more!


CIDESCO students at the Esthetic Institute must undergo a total of 1400 hours which includes:

  1. Esthetics
  2. Master Esthetics
  3. VA Nail Technician
  4. CIDESCO Intro Level 1
  5. CIDESCO Intro Level 2
  6. Body Treatments and Massage Techniques


This will allow our candidates to not only covet the International Diploma but also get 3 State licenses in VA as an Esthetician, Master Esthetician and a Nail Technician. Once the hours have been completed, the student will then prepare and sit for a CIDESCO International examination. 

The examinations consists of:

1. A facial examination

a. Cleansing
b. Skin analysis
c. Eyelash and eyebrow tinting – eyebrow shaping
d. Electrical equipment
e. Facial massage
f. Mask treatment
g. Make-up, full day make-up
h. Manicure

2. A body examination

a. Body analysis
b. Electrical equipment
c. Manual massage to show the five classical movements
d. Depilation – waxing with hot/hard and strip wax


3. An additional subject

a. Cellulite treatment
b. Aromatherapy
c. Special foot treatment
d. Anti-stress treatment
e. Electrical epilation
f. Fantasy make-up
g. Lymph drainage


4. A written examination


a. Natural science
b. Anatomy and physiology
c. The skin
d. Cosmetic science
e. Aesthetic treatments
f. Business studies

The CIDESCO Diploma is awarded to candidates who have passed practical and written examinations and have completed at least 600 hours salon/professional experience (a reference letter from employer is required).CIDESCO Diploma holders also receive a CIDESCO Badge that is instantly recognized worldwide as a sign of excellence.

We are now preparing students for upcoming CIDESCO exams. For more information on our special CIDESCO preparation program, call us today at (703) 288-4228.

 CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma