The Valued CIDESCO Certification

What Exactly Is CIDESCO and What Does It Have to Do with Esthetics?

CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy association, and those trained at one of their schools are considered the cream of the crop. Founded in 1946, 200 CIDESCO facilities can be found in 33 countries around the world. Earning the prestigious CIDESCO diploma could open up additional opportunities, giving you an edge over other estheticians for the most competitive, highest paying jobs.

What Does a CIDESCO School Involve?

In order to earn CIDESCO certification, you traditionally must first complete 1200 hours of training in both practical and theoretical work at a registered school. Then you take a four part exam. First comes the facial examination, which typically includes topics such as cleansing, facial massage, makeup, manicure, skin analysts, and equipment. Other topics may include:

  • Cleansing
  • Electrical equipment
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping
  • Skin analysis
  • Mask treatment

The second portion of the exam typically revolves around questions regarding the body, such as:

  • Body analysis
  • Depilation (waxing with hot/hard and strip wax)
  • Electrical equipment
  • Manual massage with the five classic movements

Third, you need to pick an additional subject to study, such as:

  • Anti-stress treatment
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cellulite treatment
  • Electrical epilation
  • Fantasy makeup
  • Lymph drainage
  • Special foot treatment

And, finally, you traditionally need to pass a written exam that includes natural science, anatomy, physiology, cosmetic science, business studies, the skin, and more. You may also have to write a 4,000 word thesis and have 600 hours work experience to earn a CIDESCO diploma.

Job Opportunities After Attending a CIDESCO School

If you’ve already worked as a skin care specialist or esthetician for three years, you can enroll in a shorter training program before taking the exam. It may help advance your career or enable you to earn a higher salary. A CIDESCO diploma may also help you get one of the coveted skin care specialty positions at a medical office or hospital, where you’re likely to earn a higher salary than what the average esthetician earns.