Esthetic Specialty Certificate

The Esthetic Specialty Certificate Program is designed to provide the student with a quality education and understanding of proper procedures in order to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations test for licensing in esthetics.

About the Career

The COM Esthetic Specialty Certificate Program trains students to enter a rapidly growing field with job opportunities in salons, day spas, medical spas or cruise ships.

To help others maintain healthy, glowing skin, estheticians provide facial treatments, peels, masks and scrubs. They may also provide facial hair removal treatments, such as waxing, or apply makeup for special occasions.

About the Program

The nine-month program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to pass the state test for licensing in esthetics. Through classes, labs and working at the Salon at College of the Mainland, students prepare to launch thriving careers.

This program begins only in the Fall semester. Full-time students may complete the Esthetician Certificate Program in nine months.

View the COM Catalog online or obtain a print copy of COM Catalog from the Office of Admissions and Records for detailed course descriptions and class prerequisites.

Esthetic Specialty Certificate Courses

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
CSME 1420 Orientation to Facial Specialist 4
CMSE 1302 Applications of Facial Skin Care Technology I 3
CSME 2333 Application of Facial Skin Care Technology II 3
CSME 1244 Introduction to Salon Development 2

Semester 2

Course SCH
CSME 1447 Principles of Skin care/Facials and related theory 4
CSME 2250 Preparation for the State Licensing Written Exam 2
CSME 2251 Preparation for the State Licensing Practical Exam 2

Total Hours: 20


Implementation of HB 1508

As required by Texas HB 1508, applicants and enrollees need to be aware that an individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program:

  1. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority;
  2. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  3. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupation Code 53.102.

Note: This does not apply to licenses granted by the law enforcement officers (Occupations Chapter 1701) or emergency medical services (Health and Safety Code Chapter 773).

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cosmet/cosmetschools.htm

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Esthetic Specialty Certificate. prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation”: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimHistoryEval.htm

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program, with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Stay Connected with COM: