When researching the right beauty school the most highly-regarded credential you can encounter is being a nationally accredited institution. This certification is a reliable means of analyzing a beauty school’s curriculum and post-graduation employment opportunities, as employers will likely research a potential candidate’s education. Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute in Chicago is both nationally accredited and strives to be the best beauty school in Illinois. If you’re looking for the best option to further your beauty industry education, here are a few key items to look for.

What Is Accreditation?

If a college or place of higher education is considered “accredited,” this means the institution has been subjected voluntarily to rigorous inspections and oversight by an official agency. For example, Estelle is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc., meaning it meets the national standards of education performance set forth by this agency. This is an important characteristic of any beauty school because it ensures your education will be recognized across the country; it also means the school’s classes are comprehensive and held to very high standards. Accredited institutions must adhere to strict educational and operation requirements as well.

Rigorous Curriculum

If you’re checking to see if a certain beauty school is accredited, the first indication will lie within it’s curriculum. Classes should cover a wide array of subjects in the beauty industry and be as in-depth as possible, with a mixture of in-classroom learning and real-world application. Estelle’s esthetics curriculum includes the use of state-of-the-art multimedia technology within the classroom, and includes education of several areas, such as:

  • Esthetics theory & history
  • Facial treatment & techniques
  • Client consultations
  • Spa body treatments
  • Business training
  • Premier industry partnerships
  • Student spa services


If a beauty school’s curriculum goes beyond the basics and prepares you for a lucrative, independent career, it’s a sure sign of an accredited institution. Classes should cover every aspect of beauty practice that one would come across throughout their career.

Licensed & Experienced Instructors

Aside from an extensive educational program, an accredited beauty school will employ experienced instructors who are highly-educated and knowledgeable in the industry. This indicates the school values quality education delivered by active licensed professionals. The Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute in Chicago boasts talented instructors who specialize in certain areas; our makeup application classes are taught by dedicated makeup instructors in a dedicated studio. Aspiring beauty professionals should (if possible) research the specific instructors at prospective colleges, to ensure your education will be well worth it.

Post-Graduate Career Assistance

Accredited beauty schools will reliably offer resources for graduating students to ensure their employability and long-term success. This can be in the form of various certifications — laser, eyelash extensions, etc. — or in the form of lifelong job placement assistance. At Estelle, we offer continuing education for estheticians and cosmetologists for career advancement and license renewals. On top of this, every student who graduates from our programs is entitled to our lifelong job placement assistance, allowing them a greater chance to be employed in spas, salons, and other establishments. 

Choose Estelle’s Accredited Beauty Programs

It’s important to give yourself as many opportunities as possible to succeed as you begin your esthetician career. Contact Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute for a free tour and for more information about our programs; we are considered one of the best esthetician schools in Chicago and across the country. We take pride in our education and are committed to helping young professionals realize their dreams. Read more about us today!