Q: Can I become a member of CIDESCO USA?
A: The only way to become a member of CUSA is by becoming a CIDESCO Diplomate. However while they are waiting to take the exam they can join our American Association for Esthetics (AAE) Which will give them all the benefits and Info the CUSA members receive. There will be applications in the exhibit Info.

Q: How do I become a CIDESCO Diplomate?

A: Only graduates of CIDESCO accredited schools can sit for the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Exam upon graduation.  However a licensed professional, with three years of work experience, can take a Review Course at one of our accredited CIDESCO Schools and then sit for the Post Graduate Beauty Therapy Exam   Ibis a 40 hour review course and our advanced classes count as credit toward the 40 hours.

Q: What does it cost for the review course? 

A: Plans are underway for the theory elements of the exam to be taken on line at reduced costs. And the review can be taken at any CIDESCO school. Prices range from $1500-$2500

Q: Does the price of the review course include the exam? 

A: No the exam is another $450+ charge

Q: What does the CIDESCO Diplomate status offer me?

A: Recognition as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable estheticians in the World
Ability to work around the world — often at higher wages
- Ability to work on cruise ships as most require CIDESCO certification
- Annual listing in the CIDESCO USA Directory as one of the best estheticians in the USA
- Free or reduced price admission to trade shows and other events throughout the world
- Bi-weekly subscription to CIDESCO USA Beauty View, our own electronic newsletter with the latest in ingredients, services, chemistry, product development, regulatory issues and worldwide trends
- Membership in the most prestigious network of spa and salon professionals in the world

Q: What about my salon? 

A: CIDESCO offers the opportunity for you spa to become accredited and recognized as one of the top, safest and most advanced spas / salons in the world. After completing an inventory questionnaire an international examiner will inspect the spa and provide the accreditation you deserve. In addition to all the benefits associated  with a CIDESCO Diplomate as listed above, your spa will be listed in the CIDESCO USA accredited spa directory, with a major consumer awareness campaign to look for the badge of honor — the CIDESCO ACCREDITED SPA logo on your door.

Q: How about advanced education and Continuing Education Hours?

A: CIDESCO USA has developed multiple methods to meet its goal of providing the finest advanced skin care education in the world. You can study online, at our CUSA accredited schools, at advanced educational conferences and at most trade shows.

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.