Quality Esthetician Schools in Orlando, Florida?

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MarieH in North Bergen, New Jersey

41 months ago

Wow, sorry about all the typos and spelling errors. I was getting ahead of myself and was thinking faster than I could type. I get so heated just thinking about when I went to school there and the lack of education for the price. Especially when they act like they are a "quality" school. Anyways, my honest opinion for anyone looking for a skin care school is DO NOT GO TO FLORIDA COLLEGE OF NATURAL HEALTH (at least not the Maitland/Orlando campus).
Every single female in my class hated it there. They all said the same thing. I definitely need more schooling and hands on experience but that school was just a waste all around. I wish I saw the reviews before I signed up. I almost signed up for the paramedical program before I moved here (actually I did, but once again like usual they lost my application. So they said they'd remove me from the program no problem). 24gs for a "Paramedical Program" when you actually hear what is included it's nothing like what you sign up for. It lacks a lot and they also changed the program after like 20 girls signed up and they wouldn't give their money back. Sad but true! Good luck to others in Florida. Save your money and go somewhere else! ;)

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candace kent in Hendersonville, Tennessee

39 months ago

hey im actually trying to find a school around the kissimme 192 area that i heard was somewhere around 4 grand to 6 grand a yr. and you mentioned 3500.. just wondering what school that was.. my mother worked at advanced dermatology and there was an esthetician there that is the one who told me about the school for 4 to 6 grand.. Im just trying to find it.. do you know of one?

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Renlady in Orlando, Florida

39 months ago

You're looking for the Academy of Career Training. I know a couple people who went there and they said it was a pretty good school. I looked at them but decided to attend the Westside Tech school in Winter Garden. I am currently taking the Facial Specialty course and plan to attend the Advanced as well once I finish. The teacher is very knowledgable and the lab area is nice. I looked at the more expensive schools like Aveda and Florida College of Natural health. They were pretty but they only want you to use there products. At Westside we are able to use other brands as well as what the school supplies. We will even be making some of our own organic versions. The only draw back is that the teacher has to divide her attention between high school students and the adults but I kind of like being able to work on our own after being shown what to do.
The tuition is very reasonable for the both the Facial Specialist (under 900) and the Advanced where you get to learn chemical peels and microdermabrasion (under 1100). If you can do the traveling I would look at Westside.

Hope this helps.

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angela in Winter Park, Florida

39 months ago

Brittany Rose in Orlando, Florida said: I am trying to find out what esthetician programs in Orlando are the best.

There is an Aveda Institute, which is known for being a great program, but I personally haven't found their products to be successful. I am a very loyal Dermalogica user myself and would love to work with their products eventually. I know the IDI offers advanced training courses after getting your license, but I'm really feeling lost about where to start for the training to actually get your license.

There is a Paul Mitchell school close-by; also one called the Florida College of Natural Health. Honestly, I have been very surprised by the lack of high-end schools in the area since it is such a metropolis.

If anyone has any advice or recommendations I would love the input! Even a tip in a near-by city in Florida I would welcome. Thanks and hope you can help!

hey girl don't do paul mitchell i have heard bad things about them and way too much money just sayin.... i have been looking for schools for skin care and im having no luck at all... wish you the best :)

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Spooky08 in Tampa, Florida

38 months ago

I personally don't like Aveda or Dermalogica products, I don't think either are effective. I like the smell of Aveda's products, many of Dermalogica's smells like baby food. I would look for a school that you feel you will excel in. I loved my first school I went to and felt on the top of my world, then I moved to Florida and went to another school and it was terrible.
I am surprised by how many people go into esthetics and haven't already played around with product lines or even had facials or waxing. I think it makes you a better esthetician having been a client. I was one of the only people in my class who had ever had a facial in a real salon or had used professional products. I suggest everyone thinking about esthetics as a career go get facials from different salons and learn everything you can about product lines, not just read about them, use them and see what you think about each line. That is the best education!

one called the Florida College of Natural Health. Honestly, I have been very surprised by the lack of high-end schools in the area since it is such a metropolis.

If anyone has any advice or recommendations I would love the input! Even a tip in a near-by city in Florida I would welcome. Thanks and ho

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Ashley in Beltsville, Maryland

38 months ago

I have been debating doing the same thing. If I decide to do it, we should talk business. Email me at ashleys7799@hotmail.com.

michelle in Kissimmee, Florida said: I decided to go to the Florida college of natural health and do the Skin care & Electrology and i can get my microderm&peels certified at skin kari or any place.. it's from $200-500 :).. so in that way you can be a paramedical aesthetician...
Getting my electrology degree i will be able to get my laser license and open my own practice...it's less than $10,000 investiment and just for the electrology alone you can make $35-50,000 full time.. no couting with peels, chemicals, massages ( i want to be especialized in lynphatic drainage**....so i can see people make great money.. you just need to build your own clientele and be good and dedicate on whatever you do...
I think that pays $24,000 for a degree in paramedical aesthetician is just ridiculous when you can get the basic and microderm&peelings in any place...the most you have on your resume is better!...My idea is to open my own practice so for me wasting almost 2 years to get an associate degree that cant even transfer to any college is like throwing money into garbage!
I am extremelly excited to start it.. classes will be starting in january..ah.. and it takes only 10 months ( 5 months for skin care and 5 months for electrology) and you get 2 licenses ( facial registered and electrologist technician)CPE ( CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL ELECTROLOGIST)
and then i will go ahead and get my laser which takes 2 weeks and half then get a laser technician laser also...In order to open your on practice you either has to be a nurse or a electrologist..
well.. hope it helps....
Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Jessica in Orlando, Florida

23 months ago

I am wondering if anyone can explain the difference between a Facial Specialist and an Esthetician to me, The Facial specialist doesn't require as many hours or nearly as much money to obtain, so I am confused...

Also does anyone know if Westside Tech offers evening classes?

Thanks!!

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Renlady in Schaumburg, Illinois

23 months ago

Westside Tech is an excellent school. Ms. Dorian is wonderful. They do not offer night classes but do have two time frames available for the day school. A facial specialist and an Esthetian are the same in Florida. Florida only has one license for esthetian.facial specialist.

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Grace Riley in Florida

23 months ago

Jessica,
In Fl, a Facial Specialist is usually between 260-340 hours depending on the school. Most states require 600 hours and above, but the good news is there are a plethora of Master Programs or advanced studies. Really the basic licensing is just that, it is basic. Florida has a lot of good schools to futher your education, and Lorraine's is a popular one in St. Pete/Tampa area. Another one is International Dermal Institute in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. These programs will prepare you to be an even better esthetician/Facial Specialist. Be careful though if you think you might move out-of-state because some states do not recognize Fl's Facial Specialist program, even if you add additional hours. So, you would have to get a whole new license in that state.

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Jessica in Altamonte Springs, Florida

23 months ago

Grace-
Thank you for the info! I just checked out the Dermal Institutes website & it's great!! Would you suggest going for the cheaper Facial Specialist course and doing some continuing education classes?

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Jessica in Altamonte Springs, Florida

23 months ago

Jessica in Altamonte Springs, Florida said: Grace-
Thank you for the info! I just checked out the Dermal Institutes website & it's great!! Would you suggest going for the cheaper Facial Specialist course and doing some continuing education classes?

Also I don't plan on moving to another state so I'm not worried about transferring the license

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Renlady in Orlando, Florida

23 months ago

Westside tech will be cheaper and after you finish the facial specialist class you can take the advanced class that teaches micro derm and more medical spa procedures. Look at the program. Call Ms Dorian

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Jessica in Altamonte Springs, Florida

23 months ago

Renlady in Orlando, Florida said: Westside tech will be cheaper and after you finish the facial specialist class you can take the advanced class that teaches micro derm and more medical spa procedures. Look at the program. Call Ms Dorian

Renlady-
I'd love to attend Westside but unfortunately they don't offer evening classes, I've got to go somewhere that has night classes so I can keep my day job until I transition into a spa setting...

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Gianna -building my Empire 1lego at a ti in Orlando area, Florida

22 months ago

[QUOTE who= FYI Florida does not issue a "paramedical esthetician" license. Only "skin Care Specialist"

I cant seem to find any schools that have an advanced paramedical skin care/Facial Specialist program that goes beyond the "basics" of the regular 22week skin care program/basic esthetician license AND has a phenomenal advanced program. I did a school tour at FCNH and i liked it, but i dont want to confuse my eagerness and extreme "want" to get started with my education and into my career in a school that isnt as good as it appears (according to what a few have said in this blog/forum). my issue is money. I cant afford the basic esthetics course/ basic skin care training program at ANY school, PERIOD. So i have been in heavy contemplation to attend FCNH where im able to get into the Advanced Paramedical Skin Care program and complete the "basics" because the 14 1/2- 15 1/2 month course of paramedical skin care is covered by pell grant(and other grants) due to the lengthy program/mandatory credits and clock hours that is needed to earn the basic license AND the needed certifications that make up the completion of the program. Im really considering staying for the extra 15credits for my A.S. degree (1,201 clock hours/63.5 credits) in Natural Health concentration in Advanced Paramedical Skin Care, its ONLY an additional 4 1/2 mos after completing the 976 clock hours/48.5 credits for Advanced Paramedical course. I wish I could just get my 5month license at FCNH or another school and continue my education in advanced classes at IDI/ The International Dermal Institute, but IDI is only for POSTgraduate in Skin and Body Therapy, the schools founder Jane D. Wurwand is owner of Dermalogica professional skin care brand.i wish i had the money to just go o any cosmetology/beauty schoo and get my basic skin care license and continue my education at IDI, bummer. one good thing about FCNH is they require 300clock hours instead of the florida minimum

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Gianna -building my Empire 1lego at a ti in Orlando area, Florida

22 months ago

Jessica in Altamonte Springs, Florida said: Renlady-
I'd love to attend Westside but unfortunately they don't offer evening classes, I've got to go somewhere that has night classes so I can keep my day job until I transition into a spa setting...

FCNH has classes mon-thurs 9pm-1pm; 11-3pm; and 6pm-10pm which is a bit pricey but they go over the minimum FL clocked hour requirements to obtain licensure AND the Advanced prgram is transferable to nearly any state due to the fact that they have 976 clock hours/48.5credits which is ONLY 15credits short of an Associates in Science Degree in Natural Health concentration in Advanced Paramedical Skin Care. they cover the whole shabang in all 3 (basic 5 mos to obtain the FL license; Advanced Paramedical Skin Care Program; and A.S. degree

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Lori in Leesburg, Florida

20 months ago

michellsdreams79 in Kissimmee, Florida said: I AM THINKING TO GET SKIN CARE & ELECTROLOGY DIPLOMA...AFTER THAT GET THE LASER AND THAT'S WHERE YOU MAKE THE MONEY.
MY FRIEND MAKES $20 PER HOUR PLUS COMISSION AND TIPS.. ( ABOUT 35,00 PER HOUR) PLUS SHE HAS HER OWN CUSTOMER FOR FACIAL..

I AM TRYING TO FIND A PLACE THAT I CAN DO BOTH.. ( BUT FOR FACIAL I NEED PEELS AND MICRODERMOABRASION)

Did you ever get your Electrologist certification? If so where? I am looking for somewhere in Orlando area and would love some opinions ! I already have a Cosmetology and massage LMT license. Would love to get into laser hair removal! Any advice would be helpful!

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Lori in Leesburg, Florida

20 months ago

Jasmine Star in Orlando, Florida said: I'm trying out orlandoinstitute the have that for sure.

I am looking into that school as well.. You attended?

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Lori in Leesburg, Florida

20 months ago

michelle in Kissimmee, Florida said: yes...that's why i am thinking to get electrology so i can get my laser license.. the only problem is that i cant find any school who offers financial aid...
well,,, just florida college of natural health .. they have one program that is done in 10 months( skin care& Electroloy)...
** my only concern about it is that the skin care does not inclue peels or microdermoabrasion...I can't pay out of my pocket now. :(

Did you choose Electrology? If so where did you go

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Lori in Leesburg, Florida

20 months ago

Stacey in Orlando, Florida said: Yes. You take an electrology course, then a laser course.
stacey@laserdermmedspa.com
www.legacycareerinstitute.com

TY Stacy I will check it out. Interested in persusing electrology & laser certification.

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passed in Deland, Florida

19 months ago

Jessica in Orlando, Florida said: I am wondering if anyone can explain the difference between a Facial Specialist and an Esthetician to me, The Facial specialist doesn't require as many hours or nearly as much money to obtain, so I am confused...

Also does anyone know if Westside Tech offers evening classes?

Thanks!!

Hi Jessica,
Lake Tech in Eustis has evening classes, the begin at 4pmtil 9pm. hope this helps if you haven't already began a prgram

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EJ in Southwest Brevard Cnty, Florida

15 months ago

I personally would not recommend Aveda to anyone as I just graduated this month from the Spa/Massage program. One of my classmates told me that Westside is one of the better options. Im not from Fl and Ive only been living here for about 10 months. If anyone lives in Brevard County, Space Coast institute is good I hear.

Aveda: Where do I begin?? My expectations were high because I love the products and I had enrolled in another institute but my husband ended up with orders so I didnt get far in the program so it probably would have gone the same way at AI Winter Park. They totally teach the Aveda Way! During my facial practical, I totally did the proper protocol as if I were doing state board and at the end I was asked a series of questions regarding Avedas products. I was marked down on Product knowledge which should have nada to do with my practical. I did it on purpose because I was so sick of this whole " guest education" bs. Its a scam to sell their products. its a sweat shop in there so honestly if you want to sell products twice a week during clinic and deal with stank attitude educators the other days then go ahead and enroll. Also, the educators lie alot. Was told by one that she was in field for 4 years before teaching at Aveda. They say Aveda Orlando is 5 years old. She was licensed only a yr before Aveda Opened. One was licensed in 2010 and started teaching in 2011. For me, not enough experience, especially since my tuition is 15k. At first I had an amazing experience, it wasnt until we started clinicals when things started to shift. They only focused on guests buying products. We would always want to hear feedback and they got rid of the feedback forms cause they thought it was too much for the guest and they may get burned out and become disinterested in the products, the educators would tell us the same feedback.

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EJ in Southwest Brevard Cnty, Florida

15 months ago

Continuation

On any given Thursday or Sat, 2 of my classmates and myself would laugh about how we kept getting the same feedback. It would go something like; " uuuum, she looooved you, she said the pressure was great and she was so relaxed". Or we could hear, "he was so sweet, he really liked you, he said you paid attention to detail and that you had firm pressure, you met his expectations". Same stuff for 15 weeks of clinicals. SMH. I'm glad its over. I didn't let this Institute corrupt my mind and change the way I feel about helping others. This is a 2nd career for me and I plan to be highly successful but I'm definitely going to keep current with my continuing education.

Please be careful when selecting schools for trades. Tuition cannot be refunded so you want to get the best education for YOUR money. Do research, pay attention to the way admissions and the educators are acting. I wish I would have know that clinic was going to be a sweatshop, I would have taken my GI bill and gone elsewhere. When playing fun games, memory games, it was never about massage or muscles of the body, it was ALWAYS about ingredients and Aveda's products. ALWAYS.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

15 months ago

I'm curious.

Have any of you who were disappointed with the subject or quality of the education which you received or felt you were mislead by the schools admissions office ever filed a complaint with your state boards?

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