First off, there are four main Beauty School classes:
Diploma in Beauty Therapy
The first two are very brief and short and don't give you any qualifications whatsoever; most students in these classes took them to learn the basics for personal use, to give themselves a "trial run" in the Cosmetology industry so they can see if they like it before entering Cert. IV or Diploma or just as a little something to pop on their resume if they were wanting to work in retail in a shop that sells skincare products (it may not be *necessary* to complete Cert. II or III but it bumps up the chances of them being hired!).
Cert. IV involves most of what the Diploma course offers IN THE MAKEUP DEPARTMENT ONLY; it does not include Special FX but rather just makeup for Photography, Catwalk, Bridal etc. It's a very limited course but if you are dead-set on being a salon-based Makeup Artist only, it's the right course for you.
The Diploma in Beauty Therapy course covers everything:
Manicures (including Acrylic, Gel, fibreglass, etc) and Pedicures
Facials and Facial Massage
Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting
Although the Diploma course is very long (1,500 hours), it qualifies you to do practically everything a salon has to offer so if you get bored of doing people's makeup, you can switch over to being a Nail Technician. If you get bored of that, you can conduct Facials, Waxing; you get the picture! I want to add in that as fun as this course sounds, there is a lot of study involved. Many people think it'll be a breeze but it can be tiring and tedious at times. If you can push on through and keep up with the work you are given, it'll be well worth it in the end :-) When you have completed the Diploma course, you may even want to continue studying to be a Dermatologist (Medical field) or become a Beauty Therapy teacher yourself. If you are interested in the business side of things, you could veer towards Spa Management. What I love about the Beauty Therapy industry is that there are so, so many opportunities and CHOICES!
You don't *need* a full Cosmetology or Esthetician licence to work in a salon, but just Cert. IV if you are sticking to makeup application only. If you don't want to do makeup and nails and are 100% sure you only want to work with skin, you would take an Esthetician course.
PS: May people get Dermatologist and Esthetician (also spelt Aesthetician) careers mixed up but they are quite different. Dermatology is the link between Medicine and Beauty Therapy where the professional diagnoses and treats specific skin conditions using a variety of advanced procedures. They are also qualified to surgically remove moles and whatnot in a short and brief procedure. Cosmetic tattooing is also included. An Esthetician is not licensed to TREAT skin conditions, but rather perform basic facials, waxing, brow shaping, masks, chemical peels, botox, etc. to improve the appearance of the skin. Dermatologists are qualified to do everything that Estheticans can, plus more that I listed earlier.
· 9 years ago