Esthetics Course Information


Esthetics: SOC 39-5094.00, CIP Code 12.0409:

The curriculum involves 600 hours to satisfy California state requirements. The course includes extensive instruction and practical experience in skin, facials, hair removal, makeup application, customer service, personal appearance and hygiene, personal motivation and development, retail (Take Home) skills, guest record-keeping, business ethics, state laws and regulations, salon-type administration, and job interviewing.

Graduates are prepared to be entry-level estheticians.

This course is taught in English. Textbooks and course materials are only offered in the English Language.


Course Hours: 600 clock hours

The course is divided into pre-clinical classroom instruction and clinical service learning experiences.

  1. Pre-clinical Classroom Instruction: The first 190 hours are devoted to classroom workshops where students learn design principles, technical information, and professional practices.
  2. Clinic Classroom Learning Experience: The remaining 410 hours are spent in the clinic floor area where practical experience is gained.


Your time at Paul Mitchell The School East Bay for the esthetics program will be divided into four designations:

  1. Core Curriculum: This 190-hour time period is dedicated to exploring foundational knowledge and basic esthetics, facial, hair removal, and makeup procedures. You will receive individual attention in practical workshops, and you will complete technical skills tracker and periodic tests throughout the course. This is an intense and exciting portion of your experience.
  2. Clinic Floor Learning Experience: You will enter a new phase of specialty classroom workshops coupled with challenging practical services that will continue to build your skills as a future beauty industry professional.
  3. Classroom Learning Experience: During this phase of your learning, you will be introduced to guest speakers, prescriptive (Take Home) selling, motivation, self-improvement, body treatments, and emerging technologies. You will use your own technical and therapeutic abilities, coupled with the assistance of Learning Leaders, to provide service to service guests. You will make discoveries and learn relationship-building skills that will guide your success in this exciting, diverse field.
  4. Creative Curriculum: You will dress, act, and work like a true salon professional. You will use your own technical and therapeutic abilities, coupled with the assistance of Paul Mitchell The School East Bay Learning Leaders, to prepare for your future beauty industry career.


The instructional program of Paul Mitchell The School East Bay meets or exceeds the state requirements:

State Required Subjects and Hour Requirements
Technical and Practical Instruction in Skin Care (350 hours)
Includes chemical and manual facials and massaging, stimulating, exfoliating, cleansing, or beautifying the face, scalp, neck, or body by the use of hands, esthetic devices, cosmetic products, antiseptics, lotions, tonics, or creams that do not result in the ablation or destruction of the live tissue.
Technical and Practical Instruction in Health and Safety (100 hours)
Includes hazardous substances, chemical safety, safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals, preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and regulations, and preventing communicable diseases.
Technical Instruction and Practical Training in Disinfection and Sanitation (100 hours)
Includes disinfection procedures to protect the health and safety of consumers as well as the technician and proper disinfection procedures for equipment used in establishments.
Technical Instruction and Practical Training in Hair Removal and Lash and Brow Beautification (50 hours)
Includes tinting and perming eyelashes and brows and applying eyelashes to any person and includes removing superfluous hair from the body of any person by use of depilatories, tweezers, sugaring, nonprescription chemicals, or waxing, or by the use of devices and appliances of any kind or description, except by the use of lasers or light waves, which are commonly known as rays.



The institution offers employment assistance to help graduates’ efforts to secure education-related employment that includes, but is not limited to training in professionalism, resume’ development, job interview preparation and job search skills.

No additional hours will be required to complete the additional training, and these additional courses are not a requirement for state licensure.

Exceeds means that during the course of your training, you may complete more services than what is listed; however, no additional hours over the 600 hours required by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) will be required.


The following tests and grading procedures are used to assess student learning and mastery of course content in the 600-hour course:

  1. Academic theory exams: Students must receive a grade of 75% or higher on each assigned theory exam.
  2. Core written and practical: Students must receive a grade of 75% or higher on each written exam and each practical skill exam in order to complete the Core program. The exams are an overview of instruction taught during the Core schedule. All Core written and practical skill exams must be passed with a 75% in order to transition to the Clinic Classroom. If students are unable to pass each exam after two attempts, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program and re-enroll in the next available Core class start date.
  3. Final written and practical: The written exam covers an overview of all theory instruction, California state law, and other items covered on the state esthetics exam. Students must receive a grade of 75% or higher on all final exams.
  4. Clinic Practical Skill Assessments: Future Professionals progress in practical skill assessments and theory hours will be digitally monitored on a weekly basis by the Future Professional Advisor using the Course Key app. All assigned practical skill assessments must be completed in order to complete the program.