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 a Cosmetologist and an Esthetician?

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

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

A: With your license you can go into many different 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. This 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 a guarantee. The student's level of professionalism will better the odds of getting the position.

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. This will give 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 and enrollment is limited. Practical classes have a maximum of 20 students and lecture/theory classes have a maximum of 30 students.

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

A: We incorporate both practical as well as lecture/theory from the very first day of the course. Each topic in the course has both practical and theoretical elements. Senior students during the last 300 hours of training focus more heavily on practical applications in order to prepare for licensing and employment in the esthetics industry.

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 92%. The pass rate is indicative of our commitment in grooming students for success.

Q: Do you teach other advanced course topics?

A: Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics teaches many new and popular advanced industry topics such as Dermaplaning, Microneedling, Eyelash Extensions, Chemical Exfoliation, Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent Technology, Spa/Salon Management, and the world-wide recognized ITEC Certification training valid in over 30 countries. Check our website often for new and interesting topics 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 a full course of study only. Students must attend all classes within a set schedule. Schedules are offered during full or part-time during the day, in the evening, and on the weekend. 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: We offer our alumni the opportunity to refresh any skills they learned while in the Esthetics program, and provide discounts on select advanced courses as well as salon/spa products. The door is always open to our alumni.

Q: Do you have outside speakers and tours?

A: Yes, we have guest lecturers come in 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: Students are exposed 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 the fields of esthetics, waxing, makeup, and spa management.

Q: Does the school offer tuition financing?

A: The esthetics course is approved for Federal Financial Aid, if the student qualifies. In addition, the schools offers an interest-free payment plan. A discount is provided if the student pays their tuition in full by the start of the course. Advanced Courses are cash only and must be paid in full by the start date. Please contact the Admissions and Financial Aid departments for more information.