Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Esthetics?

A: Esthetics is a specialty section of education taken from Cosmetology, which deals with the health and beautification of the skin, both face and body.

Q: What is the difference between an Esthetician and a Cosmetologist?

A: An esthetician is a skin care therapist with special training in the study and care of the skin. A cosmetologist is a hair care specialist with minimal training on skin care.

Q: What job opportunities will I have with an Esthetic License?

A: With your license, you can go into various areas within the field of esthetics, such as: medical esthetician, make-up artist, cosmetics buyer, cosmetic researcher, beauty editor, instructor of esthetics, etc. We will discuss the different avenues you might consider in the program. We will assist you in finding an area that appeals to your interest with skin care.

Q: Do you help students find employment?

A: We will assist you in finding a position; however finding a job is not guaranteed. A student’s professionalism will improve their chances of getting a job.

Q: Can I sit in on a class?

A: We will schedule an appointment that allows a prospective student the opportunity to attend a current class for an hour, giving you a better view of the classroom setting.

Q: What is the average class size?

A: The average size of our classes varies by schedule. Enrollment is limited. Practical classes 20 students maximum, and lecture/theory classes have 30 student limit.

Q: When do you begin practical (hands-on) training vs. lecture?

A: We incorporate both practical and lecture/theory from the first day of the course. Each topic in the program has both practical and theoretical elements. Senior students will focus more heavily on practical applications during the last 300 hours of training. This program prepares students for a career in the esthetics industry, including licensing and employment opportunities.

Q: What percent of graduates pass the licensing exam?

A: The current pass rate for the New York State Board Exam, both written and practical, is 80%. The pass rate is indicative of our commitment to preparing students for success.

Q: Do you teach other advanced course topics?

A: Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics teaches many new and popular advanced industry topics such as Chemical Exfoliation, Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent Technology, Spa/Salon Management, Laser/IPL Hair Removal, and the world-wide recognized ITEC Certification training valid in over 30 countries. Atelier Esthetique Institute also hosts a variety of industry professionals who offer workshops in Dermaplaning, Eyelash Extensions and more. Check our website often for new and topical classes taught by industry professionals.

Q: Can I pick and choose when I want to attend class?

A: No. Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics accepts enrollment for full courses of study only. Students must attend all classes within a set schedule. We offer full or part-time schedules during the day, evenings, and weekends. Speak with the Admissions department for more information on course availability.

Q: If I was working in the industry and wanted to come back to “freshen up” would I be welcome?

A: Alumni can choose to refresh any skills, take select advanced courses, and purchase salon/spa products – all at a discount. The door is always open to our alumni.

Q: Do you have outside speakers and tours?

A: Yes. Guest lecturers come to speak with our students – especially on employment and business topics. The school also participates in outside events such as Beauty and Makeup Shows and spa and resort conferences. We also visit spas, salons, and retail establishments.

Q: Will I get the same teachers?

A: We expose students to a variety of instructors and teaching styles. Our instructors are licensed by the New York State Education Department, and have many years of work experience in esthetics, waxing, makeup, and spa management.

Q: Does the school offer tuition financing?

A: Students who qualify may receive Federal Financial Aid for the Esthetics, Esthetics Hybrid, and Master Esthetics Courses. In addition, the schools offers an interest-free payment plan. We offer a discount if the student pays tuition in full by the start of the course. The 75-Hour Waxing course, Advanced Courses and Hosted Workshops are cash only and must be paid in full by the start date. For more information, contact the Admissions and Financial Aid departments.

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