CIDESCO (Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has been the world’s most respected beauty therapy association for 70+years. The CIDESCO General Assembly granted Cosmetologists Chicago's American Association for Esthetics the license as the administrator for CIDESCO USA in September 2016. 

National CIDESCO sections offer CIDESCO standards and educational qualifications in more than 40 countries on five continents. CIDESCO schools in the United States offer a portfolio of prestigious training programs, standards and qualifications in Beauty Therapy, producing graduates and professionals of the highest level. CIDESCO Diplomate estheticians are welcomed at salons and spas globally, and CIDESCO accredited salons and spas are among the best in the world.



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June 15 - 17, 2019
International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference, LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas Convention Center,
Las Vegas, NV

September 19 - 23, 2019 

Hyatt Regency Chicago,
Chicago, IL



Join Today and Stake your claim in THE WORLD of SKIN CARE

You can earn the Highest Honor in the World of Esthetics – 

The CIDESCO Diploma   




You have to join our annual AAE membership before you become a CIDESCO Diplomate. #1 Benefit is you get to go to America's Beauty Show AND IECSC Chicago for FREE! That's right! 

What is CIDESCO?

  • The worldwide body promoting Beauty Therapy (esthetics and cosmetology)
    The standards setters for Esthetics
  • The organizers of qualifying examinations leading to the granting of the renowned CIDESCO Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • The supporters of CIDESCO members’ professional activities
  • The accrediting body for Salons, Spas and Schools that meet CIDESCO standards
  • The international organization controlling and protecting the worldwide uniform use of the prestigious CIDESCO Logo and Trademark

What does CIDESCO offer me?

  • The chance to prove that your esthetics knowledge and skills place you with the finest estheticians in the world
  • The chance to announce that you are one of the best of the best – A CIDESCO Diplomate -- recognized internationally as the highest honor in the esthetics industry
  • The right to display the prestigious CIDESCO logo on all your personal marketing materials
  • The chance to achieve worldwide accreditation of your salon or spa as a CIDESCO Certified Beauty Salon or Spa
  • The chance to attend world congresses and exhibitions, which bring together internationally distinguished speakers, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase new developments in equipment, cosmetic products and techniques
  • The chance to participate in platforms for members to meet colleagues to exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise, to make new contacts and to renew friendships
  • The chance to be at the forefront in the exchange of professional information and experiences



The CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma is the only Beauty Therapy Diploma course available that teaches Candidates a holistic approach to Beauty Therapy. A CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma holder has been taught all aspects of esthetics -- focusing on practical skills and therapy. Candidates complete practical and therapy training before receiving their Diploma ensuring that their knowledge and experience is world class.


The CIDESCO Post Graduate Beauty Therapy Diploma is available for those Beauty Therapists who have been working in the industry for at least 3 years. CIDESCO recognizes their prior learning experience and will assess the extent of their knowledge. A structured review training program will cover those aspects of the Beauty Therapy industry in which further education is required. CIDESCO will guide the Graduates to obtain their prestigious CIDESCO Diploma.

The Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (license #190-00101). Educators and events subject to change without notice.

Keep Your License Current

For contact information for state licensing boards, visit our licensure resource page or contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (217) 785-0800 or email them directly.


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September 24-25, 2017
IESCS Florida
Broward County Convention Center – Fort Lauderdale


September 24-25, 2017
IESCS Florida
Broward County Convention Center – Fort Lauderdale


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