Cosmetic Arts Continuing Education

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Esthetician Technology

women giving arm massage to clientEsthetics is the beautification of the skin. Students receive intensive training in the areas of facials, hair removal, and make-up application to become a licensed skin care specialist. Students have the opportunity to receive a Microdermabrasion certificate and a Chemical Peel certificate as part of the training. The tuition is paid in two parts: $1,090 due at the beginning, $947 is due by the midpoint of the course. 660 hours. $2,037.

View the Frequently asked questions and the learning outcomes for the course.

The licensure passing rate (2010-2016) for Durham Tech students is 97 percent!

This course qualifies for financial assistance.


  • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better, NCDAP Reading/English score of 136, OR
  • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90, EFL 073 or DRE 097 at Durham Tech, OR
  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course
FULL M-Th 8/6–7/3/19 6–10 p.m. DSN, room 1-141 July 16 registration deadline
FULL M-Th 9/10–6/4/19 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. DSN, room 1-141 August 20 registration deadline

Contact Donna Littleton at 919-536-7240, ext. 4407 if you have questions.

Esthetician Spa

All work is done by Esthetician students. Clinic hours are Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. starting November 15, and 6:30–8:30 p.m. starting November 8. The clinic is located on the North Duke Street campus, 3404 North Duke Street.

Call to make an appointment at 919-536-7222, ext. 4420. After 2 p.m. leave a message and your call will be returned.

Services and pricing are listed below.* Free to Durham Tech employees and current students 18 years or older. Please note: There is a $12 fee for customized facials.

Services include;

Mini Facial: Designed to provide an efficient cleansing.
Exfoliation and massage included. 30 minutes. $12

Classic Facial: Deep cleansing for the skin. Steam, exfoliation,
extractions, and massage are included. 60 minutes. $18

Back Facial: A stress-reducing treatment that leaves you with
silky-smooth skin by using exfoliation, moisture, and heat on the back.
45 minutes. $18

Customized Facials: Treatment facials for skin with special needs
such as anti-aging, acne clearing, or oxygenation. These specialized
facials use different stimulating techniques to give the
most technologically advanced spa services in skin care. 60 minutes. $25
Waxing/Hair Removal:
Eyebrows $5
Lip (upper) $5
Lower Arm $7
Back $20 and up
Underarms $10
Chin $6
Full Arm $10
Lower Legs $15
Sideburns $8
Nose $5
Specialty Services:
Eyebrows (tweeze) $3
Make-up $7

*Services, times, and prices by vary

Program and Career Information

Career Path

Careers Employers
Skin care specialist
Skin care center educator
Trade publication editor
Makeup specialist
Business consultant
Makeup buyer
Spa manager
Day spas
Medical spas
Destination spas
Resort spas
Physician offices
Skin care centers

The job outlook for skincare specialists is excellent with an expected job growth rate of 14 percent from 2016–2026. Learn more about what they do, the job outlook, and salaries on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


Textbooks are required and are covered in the cost of the registration fee. A student kit containing required materials is provided.

Uniform requirements

A dark hunter green uniform is required and white, comfortable shoes.


Minimal jewelry is acceptable. For the safety of esthetician students, body piercings may not be worn in class since some procedures use electricity and certain types of metallic jewelry can conduct electricity.


Upon successful completion of the course, Durham Tech students are eligible to register to take the state board exam with the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners.

Language Requirements

Students must be able to speak, read, and write English because the class and the state exams are in English. Students who have not graduated from a US high school or if US English is not their first language. must take the Accuplacer ESL Listening test instead of NCDAP. Learn more about the Accuplacer ESL Listening test.

Forms of Payment

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards; a personal or company check; money order; third-party authorization letter; or cash are accepted forms of payment. Cash may only be used if paying in person at the Cashier’s Office in the White Building (Building 1), room 81, Main Campus. Read more about Continuing Education procedures.

Agency (Vocational Rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIOA) Payments

Please provide a copy of the authorization to pay letter from the agency.

Program Location

The program is located at the North Duke Street campus, 3404 North Duke Street.