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National Institute of Esthetics, 26 Legend Court, #4, Ancaster, 905-304-0931

National Institute of Esthetics, 26 Legend Court, #4, Ancaster, 905-304-0931

National Institute of Esthetics

Award-winning National Institute of Esthetics, conveniently located in the Meadowlands of Ancaster, is a Private career college – registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 – which offers a full Medical and Advanced Esthetics diploma, including hands-on medical esthetics, in just 40 weeks.

 “­ This program is over 60 per cent hands-on training, including medical esthetics,” says Institute dean and academic director, Sherry Docherty. “Our Medical and Advanced Esthetics program offers an even more in-depth practical and theoretical education in medical esthetics services, including microdermabrasion, epidermabrasion and chemical exfoliation, laser and light-based therapies, radio frequency treatments and skin tightening, body contouring and advanced cellulite treatments.”

In addition to medical esthetics, the program covers everything from spa business management, lash extensions, manicures/ pedicures, makeup artistry, facials, aromamassage, hair removal and more. For those with a goal of opening their own business, the spa business management unit is a very viable component of the program. “It is our goal to graduate capable, confident and technically-sound estheticians, because we believe it is critical to continuously raise the bar of the quality of estheticians in the industry,” says Docherty.

No additional courses, programs or costs are required – graduates are fully qualified to begin their career in the rapidly growing esthetics and medical esthetics industries.

“Medical esthetics services are quickly becoming a regular part of the anti-aging and wellness regimen for many people,” says Docherty. “­ These services are not just for the higher income brackets anymore. Medical esthetics services are more affordable, increasingly pain-free and less invasive than ever.”

The school environment is intimate – class sizes range from 4 to twelve – and the teaching staff  is passionate, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.“­ The products used in the school are high-end natural and organic products,” says Docherty, “We are the only school in Canada which carries some of these prominent skin care lines.”

The on-site student clinic offers students an opportunity to gain legitimate work experience while continuing their studies. In addition to being a school with a student clinic, there is also a full service dayspa onsite, NIE Spa, which lends a great deal to the student  experience. ­The spa translates into leading-edge techniques, equipment and information for the school. “­The students can see just how a spa should be run,” Docherty says. “And all of our teaching staff must work in the spa in order to be able to teach in the school. ­This means your teachers are actively doing what they teach, not teaching what they did five or ten years ago. We don’t just teach it, we live it.”

­The next intake is January 13th 2014, and spaces are limited. Interested individuals wanting to know more about the school can call and set up an appointment for a private tour, or drop in to one of the institute’s regular open houses – the next one is set for January 9th 2014 from 5-8pm. Alternatively, you could book yourself an appointment in the student clinic and ask your student esthetician questions about their experience at the school. ­The clinic is open Mondays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm, and offers all the same services as the full service day spa, but at greatly reduced rates.

The school is a member of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) – for which Docherty wrote the esthetics curriculum – both in 2000 and the revision in 2010 – that the NACC sells to other schools. ­ The school also enjoys membership in Career Colleges Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Career Colleges), the  Association of Private Colleges, and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. As an added bonus, while supplies last, students enrolling in January will receive a free gift ($200 value).

For more information, contact Sherry Docherty at 905-304-0931 or visit the school’s website.

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