Section 1175.835  Curriculum Requirements – Esthetics


a)         Each licensed cosmetology school teaching an esthetics curriculum and each licensed esthetics school shall provide a program consisting of a minimum of 750 clock hours or a 25 credit hour equivalency (1 credit hour equals 30 clock hours) of instruction.  Instruction shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands on (practical and technical) experience.  The licensed cosmetology or esthetics school may provide online hours in theory, but online hours shall not exceed 10% of the hours required in each of subsections (a)(1), (2), (3) and (4).  The minimum subjects and number of hours shall be as follows for each category of training:


1)         Basic Training – 75 hours:  


A)        history of skin care;


B)        personal hygiene and public health;


C)        professional ethics;


D)        sterilization and sanitation;


E)        introduction to skin analysis and skin care and facial treatments;


F)         eyelash extensions, tabs and strips.


2)         Scientific Concepts – 150 hours:  


A)        cells, metabolism and body systems;


B)        bacteriology;


C)        physiology and histology of the skin;


D)        human anatomy;


E)        chemistry – understanding chemicals and their use;


F)         disorders of the skin and special esthetics procedures.


3)         Practices and Procedures – 500 hours:


A)        non-therapeutic massage, excluding the scalp;


B)        nutrition and health of skin;


C)        skin analysis;


D)        cleansing the skin;


E)        mask therapy and facial treatments;


F)         facial treatments without the aid of machines;


G)        electricity, machines and apparatus;


H)        facial treatments with the aid of machines;


I)         hair removal; including tweezer method, depilitators, waxing and their use;


J)         professional makeup techniques, including the application of eyelash extensions, tab and strips;  


K)        product knowledge as it relates to esthetics.


4)         Business Practices – 25 hours:  


A)        the Act and this Part, including sanitary standards;


B)        management;


C)        OSHA standards relating to chemical use;


D)        Workers' Compensation Act.


5)         Internship Program is an optional part of the curriculum.  Each licensed esthetics school may choose to set up an internship program and shall follow the guidelines set forth in this subsection (a)(5):


A)        An internship program:


i)          May be substituted for 75 hours of the 750 hours set forth in this subsection (a).


ii)         May be part of the curriculum of a licensed esthetics school and shall be an organized preplanned training program designed to allow a student to learn esthetics under the direct supervision of a licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician in a registered salon.


B)        A student in the internship program:


i)          May participate in an internship program only after completing 375 hours of training and have a minimum average grade of 80.  A school may set the average grade higher and set other standards that a student must meet to participate in the internship program.


ii)         May not spend more than 75 hours in an internship program.


iii)        May not be paid while participating in this internship program as it is a part of the esthetics curriculum of the school.


iv)        May work a maximum of 8 hours a day and shall be required to spend 1 day a week at the school.


v)         Shall be under the direct on-site supervision of a licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician.  Only 1 student shall be supervised by 1 licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician.


C)        A licensed esthetics school shall state clearly in the enrollment agreement that the school offers an internship program.


D)        The licensed esthetics school shall enter into a contract with the student, the registered salon and licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician.  The contract shall contain all of the provisions set forth in this subsection (a)(5) and any other requirements of the internship program established by the school.  The contract shall be signed by the student, the school and the licensed cosmetologist or licensed esthetician.  Any party to the contract may terminate the contract at any time.


b)         An esthetics student is not permitted to practice on the public until the successful completion of 75 hours of basic training specified in subsection (a)(1).


c)         A school may, as part of its educational program and on school premises, offer esthetics services to the public, through a student clinic, as a means of providing students with practical experience.  Services shall be provided by students working under the supervision of one or more teachers.  Students shall receive no compensation, including tips, but shall receive credit for hours worked towards the 750-hour education requirement.  The school may provide those services under the authority of its school license and is not required to obtain a salon registration.  The school shall post a sign visible to the public advising that all services are provided by students.  Except as provided in this subsection, a school and a salon shall not operate in the same premises.


(Source:  Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 15159, effective August 10, 2018)