Learn how CIDESCO Section USA can advance your esthetics career


CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy association representing the highest standards of esthetics in more than 30 countries. The CIDESCO Diploma is the world's most prestigious qualifications in the field of esthetics and beauty therapy. With more than 230 CIDESCO schools around the world, including twelve in the U.S., interested students have a wealth of educational choices worldwide.

To learn more about the prestigious CIDESCO diploma program, CIDESCO schools, and accredited CIDESCO Beauty & Spa Centers, visit Information about schools and centers in the U.S. can be found below.


The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) represents the United States National Section of CIDESCO. PBA staff is on hand to answer questions regarding the many benefits of a CIDESCO diploma and will help guide you to the accredited school right for you. Please refer to the list of U.S. schools below or CLICK HERE to find a school outside of the U.S.

CIDESCO Section USA also offers classes at select trade shows throughout the year. Section USA classes provide the latest technical and business education for serious spa professionals. While these classes do not lead to an international diploma, they do provide attendees with insight into the level of education you can expect from a CIDESCO affiliate. All classes are taught by experienced skincare professionals with impeccable credentials.



To qualify for a CIDESCO diploma one must either take the CIDESCO 1200 hour training course at a CIDESCO accredited school and pass the CIDESCO two-day exam, or pass the exam as an eligible "Post Graduate" candidate. Post graduates are defined by CIDESCO as individuals who have been practicing esthetics for at least three years. Post Graduate candidates are required to take a five day preparatory class before sitting for the exam.

The following documents must be provided with a Post-Graduate candidate's application as proof of work experience:

  • A letter from his/her employer(s) verifying three years of employment in the Esthetic field.
  • An active Esthetic/Facial license for the previous three years.
  • An active business license for the previous three years (if self-employed).
  • Copies of filed income tax forms for the previous three years verifying his/her occupation.
  • A copy of esthetic diploma.

Potential post graduate candidates should contact an accredited CIDESCO school to learn more about their preparatory courses, including schedules, rates and availability.


The CIDESCO 1200 hour training course may be taken at one of the twelve CIDESCO Accredited Schools in the US. The post graduate preparatory class and exam for post-graduate candidates is also offered at select CIDESCO Accredited Schools. Please reference a complete listing of US locations below along with what diploma each school offers.

The Aesthetic Science Institute (Currently training towards the CIDESCO Accreditation)
1202 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
Tel: (518) 786-0760
Fax: (518) 782-3490
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skincare and Makeup
261 Fifth Avenue, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212.779.7800
Fax: 212.779.2832
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Cinta Aveda Institute
305 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 898-4400
Fax: (415) 898-4402
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

The Elaine Sterling Institute
4840 Roswell Road NE, Building E Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30342
Tel: 404.256.5228
Fax: 877.272.0395
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Esthetic Institute
8381 Old Courthouse Road
Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182
Tel: (703) 288-4228
Fax: (703) 288-1709
Courses offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Independence College of Cosmetology
815 West 23rd St
Independence, MO 64055
Tel: 816.252.4247
Fax: 816.252.3191
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

The Institute of Beauty & Wellness
327 E. Saint Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 227-2889
Fax: (414) 347-0236
Coursed Offered: Beauty Therapy

Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage
7011 Harwin, #100
Houston, TX 77036
Tel: 713.783.9988
Fax: 713.974.3129
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Marinello Schools of Beauty
1035 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 800.648.3413
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Sciences
1101-R Southwest Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Tel: 573.635.4433
Fax: 576.636.6117
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy

The New Age Spa Institute, Inc
1651 Elk Blvd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tel: 847.759.0900
Fax: 847.759.0919
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

Saint Paul College: A Community & Technical College
235 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
Tel: 651.846.1513
Courses Offered: Beauty Therapy, Post Graduate

For more information, please contact the Professional Beauty Association at or call 1.800.468.2274.


Chvasta European Skin Care, LLC
85 Broad Street
Leetsdale, PA 15056
Tel: 724-318-8385

European Body Concepts Spa Naturelle
PO Box 367
East Texas, PA 18046
Tel: 610-398-8818

Mark Lees Skin Care Inc.
4400 Bayou Blvd, Suite 57
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Tel: 850.476.3509

Mona Spa and Laser Center
4564 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117
Tel: 901.683.0048

Roman Skin and Body Center
109 Brady Court
Cary, NC 27511
Tel: 919-463-9575

For more information, please contact the Professional Beauty Association at or call 1.800.468.2274.