Esthetics and Nail Care Technologist

Applications for this Progam are currently suspended for the Sept 2019 intake.  Please contact NLC Admissions for more information.

Esthetics Program

Program Description

Esthetics training includes theory and hands-on training in facials, body massage, body treatments, aromatherapy, reflexology, makeup artistry, waxing and tinting.

In Nail Care Technology, students learn theory and application of manicures, pedicures and artificial nail enhancement. Also integrated are the basic principles of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, electrotherapy, and sanitation procedures to support the applied learning required for the certificate. Students are introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary for running a salon or spa.

Students write the B.C. Beauty Council licensing examinations (theory and practical), allowing successful graduates to pursue work in British Columbia.

Career Prospects

The esthetics industry offers career opportunities in areas such as, spa therapy, nail technician, demonstrator, sales representatives, salon proprietor, makeup artist, esthetician on a cruise ship, medical spa assistant, spa management, and more.


Location: Dawson Creek South Peace Campus

Length: 32 weeks

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
   • Grade 10 English, OR Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 (Advanced/Grade 10) with C+ or higher;
   • Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), OR Career and College Preparation MATH 030 (Intermediate Developmental Math), MATH 031(Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with C+ or higher.
   • Grade 10 Science, or Science 030, with C+ or higher
Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
   • Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
   • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
   • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
   • Science: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher

Dual Credit
  • Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English, Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), Grade 10 Science all with C+ or higher.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students will be required to purchase textbooks.
  3. Graduates must write the B.C. Beauty Council licensing examinations (theory and practical) in order to pursue work in British Columbia.
  4. The program is affiliated with Peace River South School District 59, 60 and 81.
  5. As NLC’s South Peace campus is connected to the Dawson Creek High School - South Peace campus, the Criminal Records Review Act requires that all students over the age of 19 before classes begin must complete a Schedule Type B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Costs related to the CRC will be paid by the College; please contact the NLC Admissions Officer for more information.
  6. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Program Instructor: Michelle Donovan


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