Most Frequently Asked Questions

Is your school accredited and licensed? 

The Esthetic Institute is Nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc (NACCAS). The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for postsecondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences,and massage therapy.

The Esthetic Institute is licensed to operate by the:Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Esthetic Institute is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).

The Esthetic Institute is Accredited by Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) which entitles us to offer students the opportunity of sitting for the CIDESCO International examination.

Does your school accept Financial Aid? 

The Esthetic Institute is approved as an eligible institution by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV grant and loan programs. Financial aid is available for programs over 300 hours to those who qualify. For more information on how to apply for Federal Loans Click Here.

When I complete my FAFSA, does that mean I am accepted into your school? 

To be considered for federal student aid, you have to complete a FAFSA. You must complete an application for admission for our school in order to be considered for our programs. We will then help you package your award if you are eligible and qualify for Financial aid using your FAFSA..

What job opportunities will I have after I finish a program at EI?

The opportunities are endless when you finish one of the Courses that we offer. And this Industry is continuously growing. Some of the jobs include:
Beauty Consultant, Beauty Technologist, Educator, Esthetician, Make-up Artist, Manicurist, Salon Manager, Beauty Magazine Writer, Sales Executive, Cosmetic Buyer, Spa Owner, Photo Stylist Cruise Line Beautician, Demonstrator, Business Owner, Microdermabrasion Specialist, Cruise Ship Personal Care Positions, Electrologist, Laser Hair Removal Specialist, Manicurist and Pedicurist, Sales and Service, Modeling Advice, Nail Technician, Personal Care Services, Reflexologist, Skin Care Specialist, Skin Rejuvenation Practitione, Esthetician in a Medical Practice.

Do you help students find employment? 

Although no school can ever guarantee employment, there are many ways that we support you in your placement. At Esthetic Institute, we have long-standing relationships with the community and have access to a wealth of job opportunities for our graduates. All the job openings that we receive are posted on the Job Placement Board. We encourage employers looking for Licensed Estheticians or Master Estheticians, Laser, Waxing or Nail Technicians, or Makeup Artists, to contact us and we put them in touch with our graduates. Our Job Placement Board is always full of offers. European Wax Center, Massage Envy, Click Here for more info.

Can I sit in on a class?

We can schedule an appointment that allows a prospective student the opportunity to attend a current class for 30 minutes. This will give you a better view of the classroom setting. However, it depends on class availability and since March of 2020 that is on hold due to COVID.

What is the average class size?

The average sizes of our classes are 10-16 students per class, with a maximum of 18 students per class.

How is the industry doing as a whole? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the beauty and spa industry is only expected to rise in the next few years—skincare specialists up 25 percent; nail technicians up 17 percent, faster than the average for all other occupations. For more info on Industry Click Here

Do you offer tours of the school? 

We schedule a Virtual Zoom Meeting or Phone call first. We will use that time to review all the pertinent information with you and answer all your questions. Then if you are interested we will be happy to schedule an in person visit and show you the school. We also organize Open Houses when possible  . Click Here to schedule your initial meeting.

How can I get more information?

Just Click Here to recieve detailed information about the program of your choice, or you can always call 703-288-4228.

When do you begin practical (hands on) training vs. lecture?

We incorporate both practical as well as theory/lecture from the very first day of class. Depending on the program there may be a larger portion dedicated to practical near the end of the program. 

What percentages of students pass the test? 

  1. Graduation: 92% of our Students Scheduled to graduate in 2018 completed and graduated.
  2. Placement: Out of the 92% Graduates Eligible for Employment, 62% were placed in a related Field.
  3. Licensure: 92% of Students, who sat for Exams in 2018, passed their State Board Successfully.

.*Information from Annual Report Summary for 2018 for Esthetic Institute with NACCAS

Do you teach body treatments?

Yes, it is part of the Skin Care Programs.

Can I pick and choose when I want to attend class?

Absolutely not, once you enroll for a course you are to attend the scheduled program. We want to track your progress to maximize your education and have you act in a professional manner. You will be informed of your start and ending dates for the class you enroll for. 

If I was working in the industry and wanted to come back to “freshen up” would I be welcome? 

We always discount courses as well as products for our students and graduates. The door is always open for your needs and concerns we just ask you call beforehand so we can set an appointment to better assist you.

Do you provide housing?

We do not offer housing through our schools. We are here to help you in any way that we can with housing. We can provide you with a list of Web sites for housing in the area.

Will you prepare me for the business side of the beauty industry?

We have an entire course program called Job Readiness, in which we prepare you for salon success and business and give you successful strategies for your career.

What if I need time off?

We have a calendar of Holiday days and times when you may miss school. We strongly encourage you to maintain good attendance and really devote yourself to school for the period of time that you are scheduled to be in school, so you get the most out of every day! Unsatisfactory Attendance and Academic rates may lead to loss of financial assistance and or extra charges if you pass your graduation date. Talk to our Student Services department if you have to miss more than 7 days to see if you should apply for a Leave of Absence.

How do the courses both full time and part time work? 

Full time is usually daily during the week, Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm, it takes about 22 weeks to complete (give or take holiday and school closings and extra hours) to finish the full time Esthetic program. Part time is 2 nights a week and alternating Saturdays or Sundays 9:30am-4:30pm and takes about 38 weeks also give or take scheduled school closings.

Do you have outside speakers come in to teach? Do you teach the business aspect?

Yes, we have guest lecturers come in to speak with and train our students. We spend an entire Module on business practices and job skills. We also offer in house workshops about business practices and business setup. Our students also get to attend many specialized workshops at different centers.

What products do your use ? Can I bring other products in? 

We use a range of professional products such as  Image, Bioelements, Dermalogica, Lira, MAC, INGLOT and more.  We make sure that our students are kept abreast and knowledgeable of the leading products in the industry today. And these products may change as needed based on product research and market demands.

Will I get the same teachers that teach the day classes? 

We have a pool of amazing experienced, licensed Instructors that are all highly qualified to teach studnets in different areas. 

What kind of payment plans do you offer?

It’s best to speak with one of our administrators about the different financial aid programs and financing options which may be available to you. They’ll be glad to assist you. For more information about payment options Click Here.

How long will it take to graduate?

It depends on your chosen program and schedule. See our Programs page for a list.

If I am a veteran or am unemployed, do I qualify for additional benefits?

There are a number of different programs reserved for individuals under these circumstances (e.g. VA benefits, Workforce Benefits etc.) Give us a call to find out how to apply your benefits.

I am very interested, What should I do next?

Schedule a call or video session!  Send us a message through “Request a Visit” and let us know a time that is convenient for you. We would love to help you launch your career


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