CIDESCO’s New Diplomas


CIDESCO, the world standard for beauty and spa therapy with accredited schools in more than 33 countries, has announced three new diplomas to appeal to a growing number of students keen to enter or progress in this ever-expanding industry.

The new diplomas – Spa Therapy, Beauty and Spa Management, and Media Makeup – will provide graduates with CIDESCO qualification, which will be recognised worldwide within the beauty and spa industry, and will enable them to stand out in an increasingly competitive skills market.


  • The Spa Therapy Diploma means candidates will no longer need a qualification in beauty therapy to work in the spa industry. CIDESCO recognised the need for a stand-alone qualification.
  • The Beauty and Spa Management Diploma has been developed to give graduates a real competitive edge in the marketplace. The course includes a greater emphasis on the range of activities required to manage a business such as human resources planning and customer service. This post graduate diploma is available to holders of the CIDESCO Diploma in Beauty Therapy and/or Spa Therapy and will equip any student with the necessary skills to undertake a management role.
  • The Media Makeup Diploma is open to candidates who have a passion for creative makeup to enable them to be employed in media, film, theatre, TV, fashion magazines and for the catwalk, as well as prosthetics and other areas which require special effects makeup.

‘The introduction of our new diplomas will open up careers in the beauty and spa industry to a great many more people while still maintaining standards,’ says CIDESCO President Anna-Cari Gund.

‘By offering a range of CIDESCO qualifications, schools and colleges can provide students with a flexible and supportive approach to their education and development.’

CIDESCO was founded in 1946. With its head office in Zurich, Switzerland, it has become the world’s most well-known qualification in the beauty therapy field. The CIDESCO qualification now set standards across five continents.

There are 10 internationally-recognised CIDESCO beauty schools in Australia. Through these schools, students can sit for CIDESCO examinations that will accredit them to work in any one of 33 countries where this qualification is recognised.

‘It is well regarded by major beauty salons for the quality of the graduates who seek employment following training,’ says Cindy Park, training and development co-ordinator of the Advanced School of Beauty Therapy in Newcastle, NSW, one of the 10 CIDESCO-affiliated schools.

Click here for a full list of Australian CIDESCO-affiliated schools

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