What are beautician courses?

Considering the demand of aspiring beauticians and professional cosmetologists, various institutes and universities are offering specialisation programmes under beautician course. Beautician courses can have various specialisations under it including cosmetology or esthetics (skin care).

In India, the beauty industry has seen a rapid expansion over the years. Cosmetology and esthetics have become a part of women and men. Looking good has become a way of life for many. With such increase in demand, many aspirants want to take this up as their professional career. 

Beautician courses offer various undergraduate, post graduate and diploma programmes. Numerous certificate and diploma programmes come under beautician courses that are quite popular among the aspiring beauticians. Some of the specialisations include Beauty Culture, Hair Dressing, Cosmetology, Spa Therapies, Hair Designing, Makeup, Physiology, Manicures and Pedicures, Nailcare, Body Therapy, etc. 

If you are planning to pursue various beautician courses, we give you a holistic view to guide you through these programmes. These beautician courses will help you know which specialisation you would like to choose and make a great career out of it.

Skill Sets Required to Become a Beautician

Aspirants looking to apply in such courses should have certain skills to accomplish their goals. You should have the following skill sets to become professional beauticians-

Friendly disposition



Well groomed Good Health


Meticulous work habits

Ability to interact in a friendly way

Pleasing personality

Ability to listen to problems carefully and suggest relevant solutions

Business acumen

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At Undergraduate Level (Diploma/Certificate Programmes)

While beautician courses offer various diploma and certificate programmes (both graduate and postgraduate), we will explore the undergraduate diploma programmes under various beautician courses first. Various courses that different colleges provide are given below -

Advanced Certificate in Beauty Culture

Advanced Certificate in Hair Designing

Advanced Diploma in Cosmetology

Certificate course in Beauty culture

Certificate courses in Spa Therapies

Diploma in Cosmetology

Diploma in Makeup

Diploma in Hair Dressing

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for these professional programmes in beautician courses through two ways-

Candidates should have passed 10+2 level or equivalent from a recognised board, post that you can apply for these professional diploma/certificate programmes in hairdressing, makeup, etc.

Candidates should have completed their graduation in any stream from a recognised university or institute, post that you can apply for a diploma in cosmetology.

Admission Process

Although there are some common entrance exams for admission in various beautician courses, however, many colleges invite applications based on merit, for the aspirants who want to pursue their career in beauty and cosmetology.

The duration of the courses and the fee structure depend on the different colleges providing these courses.


CIDESCO- One of the most important examinations is Comite International d’Esthetiques et de Cosmetologie (CIDESCO) exam, which is conducted every year by the Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (ABTC). The Indian branch of CIDESCO conducts this examination for admission in certificate programmes. Several colleges are accreditated to CIDESCO who allot seats to the deserving candidates in their campuses.

Some of the colleges accreditated to CIDESCO include BUTIC College of Beauty, Pune, Butic Institute of Beauty Therapy, Mumbai, Seema Institute & Salon, Mumbai, Blossom Kochhar & Aesthetic & Spa Academy, New Delhi, LTA School of Beauty, Mumbai, Christine Valmy International Academy of Beauty, Mumbai, Orane International Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh etc.

Duration, Delivery Type and Fee Structure



Diploma (Advanced/undergraduate)

Certificate Programmes ( Advanced/Normal)

Full Time

INR 20000-50000

INR 25000-70000


At Post Graduate Level (Diploma)

Candidates planning to study further and pursue higher studies in beautician courses can choose one-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Beauty Technology and Cosmetology as their perfect choice. This subject covers all the important aspects of beauty and skin care with different specialisations according to one’s desire.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate should meet the following requirement to apply for Post Graduate Diploma in Beauty Technology and Cosmetology-

Candidate should be at least 16 years of age to be eligible to apply for the same. Although it is not mandatory to have a formal qualification, however, various industries will require you to attend cosmetology school. It would be preferable if the candidate has studied Diploma in Cosmetology to get a better understanding of the subject.

Admission Process

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of their class 12th board exams result or on the merit prepared by the institute. Admission process will depend on either an entrance exam conducted by a particular college or merit list.

Duration, Delivery Type and Fee Structure

Generally, the duration of the programme is fifteen months; however, there are some colleges, which extend it to eighteen months depending on their course structure. The fee structure of Post Graduate Diploma in Beauty Technology and Cosmetology varies with different colleges providing this course. However, a general idea would help students to get a slight idea of the fee.


Fee Structure



Under Graduate course

3 Lakh to 5 lakh per semester

Four-year and three-year course

Post Graduate/Post graduate diploma course


4 lakh to 6 lakh per semester


Two-year course


Diploma course

2 lakh to 4 lakh per semester/term


One year/six months


Specializations, Syllabus and Job Prospects at Undergraduate Level (Diploma/Certificate Programmes)

Diploma in Beauty Culture (PDC)

It is a course who wants to solve beauty problems. Candidates can acquire skills to enhance the client’s experience and make it even more soothing and relaxing. It will include various sub-specializations in manicures & pedicures, waxing techniques, pressure points of face and body, facials and peels, threading, electrology, etc.


The syllabus will include cosmetic recipes, spa therapies, aromatherapy, facial hair removal, body art and nail art, personal grooming, rebonding, skin analysis and treatments, etc.

Job Prospects

Candidates pursuing Diploma in Beauty Culture are bound to become and Aesthetician, Salon Manager, Salon Owner, Beauty Manager and even Faculty.

Diploma in Hair Designing

Diploma in Hair Designing includes solving all problems related to hair. Generally, candidates learn about hair dressing, hair coloring techniques, advance haircuts, advance chemical jobs, hair jetting, hair styling, shampooing/conditioning and much more.


The course content in Diploma in Hair Designing includes Hair Trichology, Hair disorders, Henna Application/blow dry/ roller setting, Crimping/ironing/tong rod set, chemical job, etc.

Job Prospects

Candidates who wish to pursue Diploma in Hair Designing can land up jobs as a Hair Stylist and a Trainer in an institute.

Diploma in Makeup

Candidates wanting to kick start their careers as makeup artists can pursue Diploma in Makeup, which deals in study of origin and history of makeup, application of makeup, and others.


This course generally includes course contents like history and origin of Makeup, Study of different brands, application of makeup, techniques used to apply makeup, etc.

Job Prospects

Candidates with a Diploma in makeup will be able to get jobs as professional Makeup Artists in their own salon or reputed salons, or even personal makeup artists with celebrities/public figures.

Certificate course in Spa Therapies

Spa industry is the most stimulating and growing industry. Its need of ardent professionals has grown over the years. Therefore, Diploma in Spa therapies has come up as a ‘go to’ programme to become professionals in this field.


Candidates will learn about club spa, medical spa, Swedish massage, reflexology, deep tissue, shiatsu, aromatherapy, hot stone therapy, Thai massage, etc.

Job Prospects

Once you have hold of the diploma degree, you will be able to get jobs in reputed spa salons as Spa Therapist and become a trainer in various renowned institutes.

Specializations, Syllabus and Job Prospects at Postgraduate Level (Diploma)

Post Graduate in Beauty Technology and Cosmetology

PG Course in Beauty Technology and Cosmetology helps the aspirants to become ardent professionals in the field of Beauty and Cosmetology.


The course content consists of subjects covering almost all the specialisations in beauty and skin care. These subjects include Physiology and history of the skin, cleansing routine, facial massage, nail anatomy, steaming/vapozone, brushing, facial faradic, facial galvanic, vacuum suction, common terms of dermatology, high frequency, uniform layer, crimping, multiple design line, hair treatment, reverse graduation cut, deep conditioning, hair spa, reonding, tonging, head massage, sectioning all types, sanitation and sterilizing, product knowledge, different facemasks & their effects, micro-organisms, etc.

Job Prospects

Candidates who successfully complete this programme become experts in their fields. They can be recruited in reputed salons, beauty managers, trainers in institutes, consultants, etc.

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