Personal Care & Related Health Services

EstheticsEsthetics Technician - Certificate

The skincare and spa industry is expanding rapidly. As it grows, the need for highly trained and specialized professionals is at an all-time high. HGTC's Esthetics Technician Certificate program provides the skills and abilities you need to be a part of this exciting field. Esthetics, the non-medical care of the skin, is a growing part of the health and beauty industry. This program enables students to learn basic skincare practices, facial treatments, makeup application, hair removal, sanitation procedures, and salon-management practices. Graduates are eligible to take both the written and practical exams of the State Board, thereby preparing them to become licensed Estheticians. 

For more information, contact:

Mary A. Cox (843) 349-5233 

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Career Outlook

Professional estheticians are needed in a wide range of businesses, from day spas and salons to cruise ships and destination resorts. Many modern medical settings are also finding the skills and abilities of highly-trained professional estheticians to be extremely helpful.

Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:
  • Salons
  • Resorts
  • Spas
  • Dermatology offices
  • Plastic surgery offices
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening 
  • Admitted to HGTC to include submission of application fee; official high school transcript/diploma, or copy of GED
  • Minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, or COMPASS
  • Upon admission to the program, students will be responsible for purchasing supply kit(s), textbooks and new uniforms. New uniforms are required for the first day of class.
  • Program Orientation is required; specific information regarding program requirements and costs is provided at Orientation. The meeting date will be posted on the student's Wavenet.
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all COS-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Esthetics (COS) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester
COS 151 Dermatology 3
COS 152 Hygiene and Sanitation  2
COS 156 Fundamentals of Massage 2
COS 157 Electric Current and Hair Removal 3
COS 158 Facial Treatments 2
COS 164 Basic Makeup and Application 3
COS 221 Facial Practice I 2