The Spa Specialist Program allows the massage therapist to offer additional services within a spa not included within his/her Massage Therapy Licensure. These services can add valuable income and allows the employer to have one trained Spa Specialist instead of having the need to hire a massage therapist and esthetician.
Once the Massage Therapy Program is complete; the student enters phase two of the program, with 310 hours of intense skin and spa training. Students will learn about the skin structure and function, as well as the proper use of various skin care treatments. Our curriculum will prepare students in the latest treatments of spa therapies, hydrotherapy, makeup-up application and hair removal. Students will explore subjects such as understanding the skin, infection control, mask and spa therapy. Students will perform facials, seaweed therapy, body wraps, exfoliating peels, relaxation treatments, stress recovery, massage of the neck and face and waxing. The course includes training in paramedical facial treatments such as microdermabrasion, ultrasonic facials, light therapy and advanced skin analysis.
Upon completion of the program, the student is prepared to pass the State authorized MBLEX Test, for Massage Therapy and then apply for their Florida Massage Therapy License, as well as, apply for and receive their license for Skin Care Hair Removal Specialist.
Interested? Give us a call at 386-767-4600 (ext. 224) and speak with one of our admissions representatives.
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Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.
Full-time Days: 30 hours per week, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday
Part-time Days: Minimum of 20 hours per week, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Part-time Nights: Minimum of 20 hours per week, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.
See Admissions Page for 2020 Class Start dates.
I have owned my spa and salon for 13 years in Florida. I was introduced to International Academy one year ago. During that time I have hired four graduates of the Academy. In my 18 years of experience in the beauty industry, I have found that the graduates of the International Academy demonstrate a superior knowledge of technical skills and a solid foundation of professionalism. I am proud to say that the International Academy has set a higher standard of learning for the beauty industry. Whenever I have an open position in my spa, I call the administrators at the International Academy for a referral of recent graduates. Of the interviews I’ve conducted with International’s graduates, I’ve hired every one of them. They have proven to be some of the best in the industry.
I searched for six months looking for a school where I could learn cosmetology and fully learn esthetics in the same place. When I finally found International Academy, I thought it was too good to be true. The Administration was so caring and attentive to anything that I needed to make my transition to Daytona and into school as easy as possible. Also, the facilities at International Academy are amazing! The equipment and products that we trained with are of the highest quality. The equipment in the school spa is more up-to-date and high-tech than many of the professional spas out there today. I feel like International Academy has thoroughly prepared me to be one of the best in the beauty industry!
. . . After many years as a practicing lawyer and not yet ready to retire, I decided to re-visit the skincare business. Being an active octogenarian I enrolled at the International Academy, a private school, graduated, and obtained my state license as an esthetician. IA is a fabulous school, providing interesting classes, patient teachers, and an overall pleasant [experience]. I have been actively working in a salon in Florida and loving every minute of it. Who says you can’t learn a new skill and start a new career at 80!
I am now the proud owner of Serenity Salon & Spa an 1800 square foot facility in St. Augustine, Florida. I really owe all of this to International Academy for giving me the education that allowed me to make this dream come true.
Besides career placement our staff is ready to assist you with other services that will help you achieve your career goals. As a student ongoing assistance is provided in the following areas: Car pooling, Study Buddies, Graduation and more. Whatever you need, we are here to help!