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Diploma & Training FAQs

Please apply directly with an accredited CIDESCO school of your choice. All accredited CIDESCO schools are listed on our website at .

At least three years of practical work experience as a Beauty Therapist is required to qualify to enter into the CIDESCO Post Graduate (PG) Beauty Therapy course. This includes a minimum 60-hour refresher course, writing a project of at least 4000 words followed by taking the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy MCQ theory and practical examination.

At any accredited CIDESCO school or CIDESCO National Section. The Section should be able to assist and if required to refer you to a school close to you.

The CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma is Internationally recognized. In some countries a national diploma is also required to be able to work within that country. Please contact the local authorities for clarification.

Holistic Beauty Therapy knowledge;  Internationally recognized in the Beauty, Spa & Wellness Industry worldwide; Better job opportunities; CIDESCO Section Membership or affiliate Membership with CIDESCO International; CIDESCO World Congress; Continual learning offered by obtaining Spa, Electrical-Epilation, Aromatherapy, Management and Make-up Diplomas.

CIDESCO does not offer a teaching Diploma as yet.

Although it is internationally and industry-recognized, please contact the local authorities of the country you are transferring to.

CIDESCO offers the fully online Beauty & Spa Management course. Please contact CIDESCO Schools offering this amazing, sought-after 100% course.

The CIDESCO Diploma number can be found in the bottom left corner of the Diploma or on the Certificate of Examination. Since the mid 80’s the numbers consist of 7 figures, xxxxx.xx

Please send an email request including your name and Diploma number to diploma@cidesco.com

Please send an email request including your name and Diploma number to diploma@cidesco.com

The National CIDESCO Sections.

Beauty Salons, Spas, Day Spas etc. The work experience will not be accepted if you work at make-up counters, perfumeries, at the reception desk, nail salons etc. It is important that you practice what you have learned in the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy course.

As soon as possible after a successful practical CIDESCO examination.

You are allowed two re-takes free of charge within two years after the 1st examination.

CIDESCO offers the holistic Beauty Therapy course which is 1200 hours plus 600 hours practical work experience. Some CIDESCO schools offer a more than 2000-hour course where the 600 hours of work experience is incorporated. We also offer the Spa Therapy Diploma, Electrical Epilation Diploma, Aromatherapy Diploma, 100% online Beauty & Spa Management Diploma, Media Make-up, Make-up in Artistry. Certificates in Body Therapy, Skincare, Aesthetics, Manual Facial and Facial Certificate.

The fees vary from school to school and from country to country. Please contact an accredited CIDESCO school directly.

1200 hours plus 600 hours practical work experience minimum. Hours per week vary from school to school, but could take anywhere between 1 – 2 years.

Spa Schools FAQs

Clearly knowing the contents of the Spa syllabus is very important, as it covers subject matter, procedures, practical and theory requirements and includes a Spa Glossary which should be expanded on by each school in their own theory component.

The Spa Book by Jane Crebbin-Bailey, Dr John Harcup and John Harrington plus:
Erica Miller’s Day Spa techniques ISBN 1-56253-261-8
Erica Miller’s Day Spa operations ISBN 1-56253-255-3
The Spa encyclopedia ISBN1-56253-868-3 and the Internet

The maximum number per class for training should be 12. However the Examiner can only assess a maximum of 10 in one day.

Six hours in the Spa is fine if it can be organized or six per day or part thereof.

Excellent books but other information should be sourced too.

Wet treatments will be done in the Spa and the other treatments in the college where applicable. The wet treatments will take approximately 2 hours for 6 students.

This is the Spa glossary and it is included in the back of the Spa Syllabus.

After submission of appropriate floor plans photographs of Spa equipment, etc. from the outsourced Spa, CIDESCO may grant approval for Spa examinations to take place.

At least access to a well-equipped Spa with wet room facilities if the School itself does not have these facilities. Students will need to have practical classes with the equipment as they will be tested in the examinations with part of the Practical exam needing to take place in the wet room facility. Schools must inform CIDESCO of the equipment they have in the school and photos of that equipment and all relevant information about that equipment should be sent to CIDESCO with the application.

At this stage it is preferable that the teacher conducting the Spa Diploma Course is conversant in Spa or at least has access to a Spa establishment & Spa staff for guidance, advice and assistance.

You will need to contact CIDESCO head office for appropriate registration forms.

It is to be conducted after the Beauty therapy examinations as students MUST have passed the CIDESCO Diploma of Beauty Therapy prior to sitting the Spa examinations. The Beauty Therapy exams take place first then the Spa exams, Practical & Theory.

Any Eastern Therapies like: Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Yoga, Ayurvedic Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage etc, etc.

You can decide your own Eastern therapies; HOWEVER it must be an active therapy. The Spa therapist must be actively working/doing during all treatments.

The above books and local councils and local governments would have invaluable information. It is an assignment that is to be presented to the International Examiner in essay form & should include bibliography etc; a total research and writing time should take 6 hours, an anticipated 3,000 words is adequate.