Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the esthetician program?
It generally takes most students 8-10 months to complete the program. The program is structured to encourage schedule flexibility so that students can complete it in 4 months but have up to 18 months to graduate. Each cohort has a combination of online and in-person learning experiences: Zoom classes for front-loading theory and lecture, In-person trades for each subject taught on Zoom, as well as Practicum hours that can be completed In-person at our student clinic, via distance learning, & In-person at an approved internship.
What can I do after I graduate and get my license?
As a Licensed Esthetician, the career opportunities are vast & exciting. Esthetics is such a fast-growing industry with continual innovations & professional expansions. You can focus on skincare, waxing, makeup, body treatments, product sales, lash extensions, lasers, permanent makeup, and more. Our graduates take many different paths upon graduation—some go the medical route and do advanced skincare procedures at a medical spa; some prefer the spa/holistic route and do facials, gua sha, cupping, & body treatments; some become cerologists, focusing on different methods of hair removal; some start their own makeup businesses, focusing on bridal & editorial makeup; some become lash artists offering both lash extension & lash lifting/brow lamination services; some learn permanent makeup and offer microblading services, and some become sales representatives for product companies. With all of these options, our graduates find success both in starting their own businesses and working for others. There are many more avenues to take from what’s listed here. It’s wonderful to have career options and having an Esthetics License will open so many career doors for you.
Do I pay extra for my Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peel, Dermaplane, Microneedling, and Advanced Makeup certificates?
No! These 5 certificates are included in the cost of your tuition. All of them except Advanced Makeup need to be taken after licensure because of state regulations, but they are offered on a monthly rotation and are easy to schedule with us.
What do I need to do in order to perform Laser and/or Injections?
For these types of modalities in Colorado, as a Licensed Esthetician, you legally need to work under the supervision of a Medical Director, which is outlined by the Colorado Medical Board in Rule 800 from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Any additional training or experience needed is outlined in Rule 800. We encourage our graduates to obtain additional training and professional experience in lasers and injections and to find a qualified Medical Director to work with.
Where can I park at the School?
At our 1221 Galapago St location (for CE classes & Admin/Admissions), we have 16 parking spots available at this location—4 spots in the front of the building & 12 spots in the back of the building. There are typically enough spots for our students. If the parking lot is full, there is free street parking.
At our 1124 Santa Fe Dr location (very close to Galapago, Student Clinic ), we have 19 parking spots adjacent to the building, and there is surrounding, free street parking as well. Typically, we have enough spots for our students.
Continuing Education: Advanced Aesthetics
We offer an array of CE classes that are Advanced Aesthetics opportunities to continue your professional growth as an Aesthetician.
If you’d like to practice Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peels in Colorado, you are required by state law to obtain extra certifications in these courses from a State-Approved School (which we are). We can only accept Licensed Estheticians or Cosmetologists into these courses because of state requirements. These courses are all State-Approved by the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) in Colorado. These courses are included in the tuition cost for our SBMA students and can be taken by them upon licensure. Below is a list of the CE Advanced Aesthetics courses we offer:
Microdermabrasion, 14 Hrs
Chemical Peels, 24 Hrs
Dermaplaning, 16 Hrs
Microneedling, 8 Hrs
Advanced Makeup, 16 Hrs