Beauty and Spa International Certifications

With the whole world becoming ‘one market’, it has become indispensable to go for a course which has international validation or certification. A course that has international affiliations helps in two ways:

  • Indian market: While pursuing the course, the students are taught international best practices or methods in a particular field say Beauty or Spa. Thus, the student gets an edge over peers in Indian Market. Students can bring latest techniques and methodology while practicing her career after the course which is highly appreciated by employers.

  • Global market: It helps student in settling abroad as most of these certifications are globally accepted and are desired by employers in countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia and most of Europe.


Different certifications that apply to Beauty and Health sphere are:-


CIDESCO (based in Switzerland) is one of the oldest and most reputed certification. CIDESCO stands for Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétology. CIDESCO Diploma is a prestigious qualification for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set international standards. It has a worldwide recognition and is respected by employers worldwide.

Applicability: Beauty and Spa therapy

cidesco exam beauty course

Established: 1957

It is recognized in more than 33 countries.

There are over 250 CIDESCO schools worldwide.

Course duration: CIDESCO beauty therapy course requires minimum of 1200 hours of study plus 600 hours of practical work experience. Hours per week varies from school to school but could take anywhere between 1-2 years.

Course Fees: The fees varies from school to school and country to country.

Exam Retake: You are allowed 2 re-takes free of charge within 2 years after the 1st examination.



ITEC stands for the International Therapy Examination Council. ITEC has centers in 39 countries. ITEC is registered with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), and their qualifications are recognised internationally.

Applicability: Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training

Itec exam certification

Established: 1947

It is recognized in 33 countries.

It has centers in 39 countries. 

Course Fees: Fees is set by center. It varies from center to center.

Exam Retake: The center should be able to arrange a re-sit for you, in case you are unable to clear it in the first attempt.



CIBTAC stands for Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (UK). CIBTAC provides relevant, high-quality training to students and professionals within the beauty, complementary & spa industry.

Applicability: Beauty Therapy

CIBTAC exam beauty cosmetology courses

Established: 1977

It is recognized in more than 30 countries.

There are over 200 CIBTAC schools worldwide.

Course Fees: The fees varies from school to school and country to country.

Exam Retake: You are allowed re-take the unit of exam that you failed two more times in 2 years after the 1st attempt.



City & Guilds is the global leader in skills development & apprenticeship schemes. It has 2 million learners (annual) working on diverse qualifications.

Applicability: Beauty Therapy

City and guilds UK certification

Established: 1878

It is recognized in more than 80 countries.

There are over 1000 schools worldwide.


Some of the Institutes that provide course with International certifications:

Orane Beauty Institute

LTA School of Beauty

Lakme Academy powered by Aptech

VLCC Institute

Zuri Beauty Academy