Beauty Therapy Diploma

CIDESCO Training

Students must undergo a course of at least 1200 hours of training in practical and theoretical work in a registered CIDESCO School.

CIDESCO Examinations

On completion of the course, students take the CIDESCO Examination which consists of:

  • Facial examination
  • Body examination
  • Project with Case Histories
  • Written examination

Project with Case Histories

Candidates are required to research and write a Project assignment (2500-4000 words) on a subject relevant to the study of beauty therapy and connected to their Case Histories.


The prestigious CIDESCO Diploma is awarded to candidates who have passed the CIDESCO examinations and given proof of having gained at least 600 hours work experience in a beauty center/salon.

CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Examinations

Facial Examinations

  • Cleansing
  • Skin analysis
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting – Eyebrow shaping
  • Deep cleansing
  • Electrical equipment
  • Facial massage
  • Mask treatment
  • Make-up
  • Manicure/Pedicure

Body Examination

Body analysis
Electrical equipment
Body massage

Project with Case Theories

The Project has its value in the practical examination and the pass mark is 70%.

Written Examination

This exam consists of multiple choice questions (MCQ) from all parts of the CIDESCO Theoretical Training Programme, for example:

  • Natural Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skin/Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Science
  • Aesthetic Treatments
  • Business Studies

During the Practical Examinations Great Emphasis Is Placed On:

Professional expertise
Client care and interaction
Personal presentation