F.A.Q.

Q: Tell me about the classes. What can I expect?
A: At our large 12,000 sq feet facility, classes are kept small to give you the best education in the country. Your freshman and junior classes are in small groups of 4 to 10 students per class. Theory classes are thoroughly scientific in an easy to understand way. Practical applications are taught on a 1-on-1 basis with your teacher on manikins and other students. All applications are tested before you will enter senior class and start to apply your knowledge on customers in the clinic under permanent supervision.

Q: Once I finish the program, will I get my license?
A: To get your license, you must pass an exam by the State Board of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Body Massage graduates must pass an exam by the State Board of the Texas Department of State Health Services to become licensed Massage Therapists.

Q: What are my career options?
A: As we head into the future, the Spa industry has become a respected career where the list of opportunities is endless. Here are just a few of your career options:
-Esthetician
-Medical Esthetician
-Salon or Day Spa Owner
-Hair Designer
-Image Consultant
-Make-up Artist
-Photo & Movie Stylist
-Cosmetology / Esthetics / Manicure Instructor
-Hair Color Specialist
-Director of Education
-Platform Artist/Educator
-Beauty Care Product Distributor
-Salon/Spa Manager
-Nail Designer/Manicurist
-Salon Sales Consultant
-Manufacturer's Sales Representative
-Beauty Magazine Writer/Editor
-Beauty Care Research Chemist

Q: Will you help me find a job once I get my license?
A: The Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics has an excellent placement record for its graduates. Although no school or college can guarantee a job for its graduates nor compensation earned in a job, at IC&E we do our best to provide lifetime placement assistance to our graduates. IC&E maintains a job placement bulletin board on which prospective jobs are posted and updated on a frequent basis.

Q: What is the CIDESCO Diploma?
A: The CIDESCO Diploma is the highest certification worldwide. To obtain this prestigious diploma you must attend a minimum of 1800 hours program according to the CIDESCO International syllabus. At IC&E the program is 2200 hours and taught in 4 units:

1. The 750 hours Esthetics program, from which you graduate with the Texas State Board examination.
2. The 500 hours Body Massage program, from which you graduate with the Texas Department of Health examination.
3. 350 hours additional education with in depth science studies, hydrotherapy, body wraps, body scrubs, basic manicure, facial analysis, corrective facial therapy, body analysis, body machines to mention just a few.
At the end of 1600 hours you will take the CIDESCO examination at IC&E, examined by an international examiner appointed by CIDESCO Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland. After passing the examination you enter unit
4. which consists of a minimum of 600 hours work experience in a Spa or Salon.

Q: Can I get the CIDESCO Diploma if I am already licensed, but got my training at another school?
A: Yes. CIDESCO provides a "Post Graduate" examination for estheticians / body massaage therapists, who got their training at a school, not accredited by CIDESCO. In that case you must prove a minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience, attend a 5 days preparatory class at a CIDESCO accredited school, and be a member of the national CIDESCO representative

Q: Is The Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics an accredited school?
A: YES! IC&E is internationally accredited by the Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie, CIDESCO, and nationally accredited and licensed by the the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, TDLR, and the Texas Department of State Health Services, TDSHS.

Q: Do you offer financial assistance?
A: YES! You may be eligible to participate in the IC&E scholarship program. The program is based on need and attendance. IC&E is also registered with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, DARS, providing financial assistance for students with disabilities. For students who do not qualify for the scholarship program, IC&E offers a number of flexible installment option plans to fit your individual needs. Our Registrar will gladly provide you with application forms and answer questions regarding eligibility. Contact the Registrar's office at (713) 783-9988.

Q: What do I need to be accepted?
A: The Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics welcomes all students to join its educational environment. Below are listed our minimum requirements:
-Fill out and sign an enrollment contract.
-Have an official pictured ID or Driver License.
-Submit a valid Social Security number if applicable.
-Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
-Submit 2 passport-size photographs.
-Submit $25 to register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR).
-Pay the down payment as agreed to in your enrollment contract.
-Have a legal status or be a citizen in the United States of America.
-Be over 18 years of age.
-Have an understanding of the English language, both verbal and written.
-Follow the IC&E School Rules and Regulations.
-Be dedicated to completing the course of study.
-Agree to maintain strong attendance.
-Agree to take and pass the Texas licensing examination upon graduation.

Q: How do I apply if I am outside of the United States? Do I need a student Visa to attend your school?
A: Yes. All international students need a valid student visa M-1 to attend vocational courses in the USA. The Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics is approved by the Bureau for Citizenship and Immigration Services, BCIS.
You first must apply for the course you are interested in.
If you are accepted, the school will send you BCIS Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status - For Vocational Students). Then you should take the BCIS Form I-20 to the nearest U.S. consulate in your country to obtain a student visa. You must also prove to the consulate that you have the financial resources required for your education and stay in the United States.

Q: When do classes start?
A: The first Monday of every month. If the first Monday falls on a Holiday, Tuesday will be start date. Massage classes start every 7 weeks. Ask the Registrar for start dates (713) 783-9988.

Q: How long prior to class start do I have to enroll?
A: You can enroll any time, the latest two weeks before start day.

Q: Do you offer part time classes?
A: Yes. Morning classes from 9:00am to 1:00pm and night classes from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Q: Do you offer Advanced Classes?
A: Yes. Several advanced classes are available throughout the year. See the Advanced Class section for the next dates.