CIDESCO, which has been defining professional standards in the Beauty Therapy Industry since 1946, has developed three new Certificates (Two available in the USA) in response to the changes and needs within the Beauty and Spa Industry globally. The new Certificates will be offered at schools, continuing to maintain the highest standards of professional education. The CIDESCO schools will provide students with the ability to equip themselves with skills to succeed.

A student obtaining a CIDESCO qualification is assured that the qualification will be recognised and respected worldwide within the Beauty and Spa Industry. CIDESCO graduates will continue to ‘stand out’ in an increasingly competitive skills market.

"Did you know some of the CIDESCO educational track advanced sessions can be credited to the review hours you need in order to sit for the CIDESCO diplomate or CIDESCO skincare/ body care certificates? Sessions that count align to specific CIDESCO syllabus requirements. While the review hours for the CIDESCO Diploma are set at 40 before you take the examination, hours needed for the new certificates have not yet been finalized. However, CIDESCO USA guarantees that for any sessions you take now, we will retroactively credit you. CIDESCO International continues to create new ways to achieve your diplomate or certificate status. Holding such status is even more important in the regulatory environment in which our profession finds itself today."

Paul Dykstra, CEO, CIDESCO USA


Certificate in Skin Care

Aim of the course

To provide candidates the required information and qualification to be able to efficiently and effectively work as skin care therapists including facials with electrical treatments, waxing and make-up.

The CIDESCO Certificate in Skin Care is available to any candidates.

Candidates are required to have completed a course of at least 730 hours at a registered CIDESCO School covering all subjects in the CIDESCO Skin Care Syllabus.

All candidates must have undertaken at least 4 school examinations (2 Practical and 2 Theory) during the course of their training before being eligible to sit their CIDESCO examination.

The examination for the Certificate in Skin Care consists of three parts:

-       Theoretical examination – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exam

-       Practical examination

-       Project with Case Histories

Certificate in Body Therapy

Aim of the course

To provide candidates the required information and qualification to be able to efficiently and effectively work as body therapists including body treatments with electrical treatments and massage.

The CIDESCO Certificate in Body Therapy is available to any candidates.

Candidates are required to have completed a course of at least 565 hours at a registered CIDESCO School covering all subjects in the CIDESCO Body Therapy Syllabus.

All candidates must have undertaken at least 4 school examinations (2 Practical and 2 Theory) during the course of their training before being eligible to sit their CIDESCO examination.

The examination for the Certificate in Body Therapy consists of three parts:

-       Theoretical examination – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exam

-       Practical examination

-       Project with Case Histories


We draw your attention to this ABC 7 Chicago’s news broadcast on microblading and permanent makeup that ran on May 21. This follows cautions we heard from a Chicago Department of Health examiner regarding seeing “too much blood” during skin care service demonstrations at the recent ABS/IECSC —services that are out of the scope of salon/spa professionals practice. Click to view.

As our CEO Paul Dykstra noted in the last issue of BeautyView, “while the search for stronger peels; for exfoliation / stimulation devices that go deeper; for the discovery of a ‘fountain of youth’ cream is admirable, it is also very dangerous.”

As a reminder to all our member estheticians and cosmetologists, we direct you to the recent listing of Prohibited Practices from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), which includes the microblading services mentioned in the ABS news segment.

While you may not be licensed in Illinois, we encourage all professionals to check with your own state’s regulations to ensure you are practicing within the scope of services for which your license is issued.






Dear Colleagues, A New Year and just back from an inspiring Board meeting at the CIDESCO International Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, our first face-to-face meeting of 2018. We met our new staff member, Erika Ferreira. Erika is responsible for all General enquires Salons and Spas Accreditation with myself, she also assists Timea with Educational requirements and works with Sandy Fuhr in Public Relations. 2018 brings a new year, filled with wonderful possibilities for CIDESCO, globally. This year, CIDESCO has some exciting news for all of you. 

 MAPPING OF QUALIFICATIONS: We started off the year with the fantastic news that the CIDESCO syllabi have been mapped for Beauty Therapy and Spa Therapy to the Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Beauty Therapy by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to Levels 7/8. The good news is that the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) Level 7/8 corresponds to European Qualifications Framework (EQF) at Level 5 which places CIDESCO at a very high standard. We are very proud of this and hope this will make a difference for our existing and new Schools. 

 NEW SCHOOLS AND COUNTRIES: We have new Schools which have been accepted to begin training in a few new countries for CIDESCO, in Nigeria, Tunisia and Lebanon, with a new School in Vietnam which has just completed their first CIDESCO exam. We also have received applications for stand-alone Make-up Schools in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden which will be our first stand-alone Makeup Schools Scandinavia. 

CIDESCO Certificate Programmes We are extremely excited with the development of our new Facial and Body certificate programme which will be released in the first quarter of this year. This programme will allow successful graduates to train towards the CIDESCO Diploma at their own pace. The CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma can be obtained after successfully completing both of these units. This new structure is a wonderful possibility to enrol more students into your campuses, open the doors for new Schools for CIDESCO and welcome new members to our Sections. 

Professional Beauty London
25 - 26 February 2018 CIDESCO International will be in attendance at this year’s Professional Beauty exhibition at Excel in London. This is the flagship show in England for professionals from the Beauty and Spa Industry where they can discover the latest innovations in beauty products and services whilst being updated on forthcoming beauty trends and education. CIDESCO President Anna-Cari Gund, Board Member for Education Vicky Harper, and from the Head Office of CIDESCO Gerard Gordon and Timea Vaczlavik will be present on the CIDESCO International stand at booth V39. 

CONGRESS 2018: To be held on: 6th - 9th of September in Stockholm, Sweden. The hotel venue will be The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. 

  • 6th September - Opening ceremony and welcome party 
  • 7th September - Make-up competition with the theme “Gods and creatures of the Norse Mythology”; PR meeting and Cultural evening 
  • 8th September - General Assembly, by invitation only, and Gala dinner 
  • 9th September - Examiner’s and School’s meeting, by invitation only 
  • 6th and 7th September - Hud & Kosmetik Exhibition 

For more details check We look forward to seeing you at the 66th International CIDESCO congress in Stockholm. CIDESCO has a fabulous PR company who assists us to promote CIDESCO globally which impacts in your country. If you have anything special relating to CIDESCO, at your Section, School, Salon or Spa, please send your photo’s, videos and articles to Sandy Fuhr, CIDESCO International PR Board member on Our next meeting will be via Skype in April and our Face-to-Face in May. Should you have any points you would like us to discuss, please send them to the Secretariat on 

Sending warm greetings from all of us on the Board and the Secretariat. 

Kind regards Karin Lupgens CIDESCO vice-president


CIDESCO Launches its

FIRST Signature Treatment Experience

CIDESCO, the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy announces the launch of its first of their prestigious Signature Experience Treatments available from April 2018. Exclusively designed by  CIDESCO’s most senior educators and examiners, including President Anna-Cari Gund and Board Member for Education Vicky Harper, the treatments incorporate some of the best techniques and practices from around the world. The first treatment to launch is the CIDESCO Age-Defying Facial with the CIDESCO Pure Relaxation Top-to-Toe Body Experience to follow.

Available exclusively to CIDESCO accredited salons and spas, the treatments have been developed to be completely brand-neutral which means that all product lines may be utilised. Incorporating specialist skills that a CIDESCO graduate will acquire, these brand-neutral treatments will allow therapists to use them in conjunction with their own salon or spa-speciality product houses and demonstrate their own outstanding skills.

Involving the therapist on a physical and emotional level, the treatment will begin from the very first welcome. With the client at the centre of the experience, the treatment will focus on touch in both the physical and emotional dimension.   A memorable CIDESCO welcome and a touching close at the end is combined with signature massage techniques to ensure that the treatment is focussed, powerful and unforgettable for the client.

Exceptional and attentive customer service is at the heart of the CIDESCO Signature Experiences and the treatments will allow therapists to demonstrate their excellent massage skills, professional expertise and client care with the aim to exceed all expectations.

CIDESCO’s Age-Defying Facial will be taught by CIDESCO President, Anna-Cari Gund for the first time at the America Beauty Show & IECSC taking place 28th-30th April in Chicago. 

Announcing the launch of CIDESCO’s first signature treatments, CIDESCO International President, Anna-Cari Gund says “We are absolutely delighted to be launching CIDESCO’s first signature treatment which truly reflects the skills of our Diploma therapists and their positioning as amongst the best in the world. It is very much taken from a treatment perspective rather than a brand one so gives our members something just for them which incorporates some of the specialist techniques and super service our members are taught as part of their CIDESCO Diploma.” 

CIDESCO Age-Defying Facial

The 90-minute CIDESCO Age-Defying Facial has been developed to combat the first signs of aging and encourage younger looking skins that radiate. A focus and highlight of this CIDESCO experience is the carefully designed and exquisite eye and facial massage.

The treatment begins with CIDESCO’s signature welcome, comprising of a welcome drink followed by a hot towel massage to ignite immediate relaxation. A double cleanse and tone will follow across the face, neck and décolleté.

With the face cleansed, the therapist will conduct a thorough skin analysis to determine the skins’ condition and the clients’ bespoke needs.  An expert massage around the eyes, face, neck and décolleté follows an exfoliation of the face, hands and arms. On the application of a firming mask, the therapist will further promote relaxation by carrying out a massage to the hands and arms. On removal of the mask, a toner is applied to the skin followed by moisturisation. The treatment closes with guided breathing techniques to ground the client and aid them to wake gently and calmly. 

Note to Editors

Founded in 1946 in Brussels with its Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie – CIDESCO is the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy.

 Membership is open to the leading schools, colleges, beauty salons and spas of the world and students looking to achieve a superior level of training and the CIDESCO Diploma qualification which is recognised worldwide.

 CIDESCO is proud to be represented in over 40 countries across five continents.



The 1st Annual Miller Family Scholarship Competition Is Now Open to Esthetics Students!

In March 2017, Arnold and Sydell Miller, founder of Matrix and other beauty companies, were honored with the Legends Award by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation at America’s Beauty Show (ABS) in Chicago. To celebrate this award, the Miller family established a generous scholarship program to carry on their family name in the industry they love. It is their desire to help elevate the professional beauty industry through a $1 Million Scholarship Program for beauty school students and Next Gen beauty professionals over the next 10 years.

Deadline for submissions is March 5, 2018. The winners will be announced at America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago in Chicago at the Beauty Changes Lives Event on April 29, 2018.

There will be 9 Scholarship Awards presented, including:

The Sydell L. Miller “Total Image” Esthetic Scholarship

Sydell Miller is a beauty industry visionary who predicted that skincare, esthetic treatments, body care and color cosmetics would be key growth drivers in the salons. This very special scholarship honors a beauty school student who shares Sydell’s love of esthetics.

Scholarship: One (1) $15,000 scholarship to be used toward beauty school tuition.

Qualifications: This scholarship is open to new or current esthetic students who have not completed more than fifty percent (50%) of their coursework. Student must be attending or enrolled at an accredited cosmetology or esthetics school.

Requirements to Apply: Video Presentation from Applicant explaining why he or she decided to go into Esthetics and/or Make up, plus a style portfolio containing two (2) different before and after photos of an esthetics model and a make-up model. The focus is on creating a spa-like feeling with esthetics treatments and showing originality and artistic execution with the make-up model. During the video, the applicant must answer the following special question.

Question: Part of Sydell Miller’s vision was that beauty didn’t stop at the hairline. She introduced “Total Image Consulting” to hair salons. The clients of the day were looking for more beauty services in skin care, body care and color cosmetics. Please describe how you used Total Image Consulting on one of your clients or friends. Also show us before and after shots and a description of how their hair, skin and make-up benefitted from your services.  

For questions on the Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Foundation Esthetics Scholarship Competition, please contact: Krysta Kingsbury, Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Scholarship Director, PO Box 7174, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, Tel 780-733-8383 ext. 902.




The Latest News

Read the "CIDESCO Sections Report on 2017 Beauty Trends from around the world" 

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Press Releases

Press Release - CIDESCO USA - 9/27/16

Press Release - Beauty Trends 2017 - 1/31/17

Press Release - CIDESCO USA Educational Tracks At International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conferences

Press Release -  Skin Inc.’s Face & Body Announces CIDESCO Workshops in Partnership With CIDESCO USA -8/1/17



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CIDESCO USA Notes Passing of CIDESCO Examiner Margrit Altenburg



It is with deep regret that CIDESCO Section USA acknowledges the death of Margrit Altenburg of the Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics (IC&E) in Houston, TX. 

“Margrit was a true leader in establishing the credibility and authenticity of CIDESCO in the United States,” said Paul Dykstra, CEO, Cosmetologists Chicago and the American Association for Esthetics which holds the CIDESCO USA section administration. “She was a pioneer in raising the visibility and professionalism of skin care and esthetics in our country. She will certainly be missed for her energetic support of CIDESCO USA.” 

Altenburg, a native of Germany, became director of Houston’s The Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics in 1999. IC&E had, just two years before, become the first CIDESCO International accredited school in the USA. A member of The International Education Committee and a CIDESCO examiner, Margrit immediately insisted that all the Institute’s teachers become CIDESCO certified. Today, IC&E is the only school in the USA with three international examiners teaching in its skin and body care department. 

Such accreditation means that IC&E is thoroughly inspected on a yearly basis regarding curriculum, staff, physical facilities, equipment and teachers’ credentials and found to meet the worldwide high standards established by CIDESCO. IC&E proudly offers CIDESCO Certification in a 1400-hour esthetics course. 

A CIDESCO Diploma is the next step in an esthetician’s education. Often known as the “PhD in Skin Care & Body Therapy,” the diploma enables the holder to work with physicians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons as well as in spas and clinics. The CIDESCO Examination, which will be administered by CIDESCO Section USA, is the same globally, enabling holders to achieve the highest recognition and employment throughout the world. 

“CIDESCO USA and the entire esthetics world will certainly miss the guidance of Magrit Altenburg,” concluded Dykstra.


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