The New Age Spa Institute is the only CIDESCO accredited school in Illinois!

What is CIDESCO?

Based in Switzerland and with more than 60 years of examinations and training, CIDESCO is the world’s premiere spa and beauty certifier.

The goals of CIDESCO are:

  • To promote Esthetics on an international basis
  • To unite members on an international and national level
  • To create recognized training centers at an international level around the world according to a CIDESCO training program that leads to the CIDESCO Examination and CIDESCO Diploma
  • To promote the exchange of professional knowledge, new developments and information by organizing international congresses
  • To represent the highest standard of education for the Field of Esthetics and Beauty Therapy

Why should I choose a CIDESCO course at an accredited school?

It is a high honor for a school to offer CIDESCO classes.  Only the best schools and finest facilities, with the highest level of education, are approved for CIDESCO. This high standard ensures that the CIDESCO certification remains the highest qualifying exam in the beauty industry.

We at The New Age Spa Institute, are the first and only Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, and Massage School in the state of Illinois with full CIDESCO Accreditation which entitles us to offer students the opportunity of sitting for the CIDESCO International examination.  When you are enrolled in our esthetics and CIDESCO program, you will work with qualified instructors in a state of the art school environment.  Our school is proud to have not just one instructor that has a CIDESCO Diploma; we are the only school that currently has 3 instructors that have obtained CIDESCO Diplomas!

Join the ranks of The New Age Spa Institute, The International Link to the World of Beauty and Spa Therapy!


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Why should I become a CIDESCO Diplomat?

A CIDESCO Diploma is the highest qualification in the esthetics industry, known by employers throughout the world. A CIDESCO graduate student is known to employers to be exceptionally prepared for any type of spa or beauty opportunity available. Whether it is facial treatments or body treatments, the CIDESCO program prepares students to work hands on, providing any number of services, from skin assessments and eyebrow tinting to massage and waxing.  Remember in different countries, Beauty therapy is considered a full time 2 year program where you are able to obtain a degree.  With a CIDESCO education, you will be at this same level of learning, and able to compete with global standards and expectations.

No matter your goals or career paths in this industry CIDESCO is the only all-inclusive education that will prepare you for work anywhere, internationally and nationally! Do you want to travel the world on a cruise ship? CIDESCO standards will be recognized and greatly benefit as you head into international waters. Wanting to stay closer to home? There are many skin care companies and international manufacturers that are based locally. They recognize the standard of CIDESCO and are searching for well qualified employees. Also, many International doctors and spas are aware of the benefits and high standards that being a CIDESCO Diplomat represents. They are more apt to hire someone with a CIDESCO Diploma because they know that they will be getting an employee with the best training available. In this competitive environment, where wellness, beauty, and health are all interconnected, you must stay ahead of the game!  Employers are looking for therapists that are multi-licensed and have a broad, extensive education.  With CIDESCO you will have that and much more!

There are so many opportunities in the Beauty Industry, and having a CIDESCO Diploma puts you ahead of the game. There is no higher standard, and CIDESCO is recognized by employers as the ultimate qualification. When you come out of the CIDESCO program and earn your Diploma, you get an instant head start in your career. Wherever you go and whatever position you pursue, your International CIDESCO Diploma will be an invaluable resource!



At the New Age Spa Institute, we are the first and only Esthetics, Massage School in the state of Illinois with full CIDESCO Accreditation which entitles us to offer students the opportunity of sitting for CIDESCO International examination – The International Link to the World of Beauty and Spa Therapy.We have always been proud to offer top-notch instruction. When you are enrolled in our CIDESCO program, you will work with qualified teachers in a state of the art school environment. You will get extensive hands on training, and you will reap the benefits of that experience.

As a potential graduate, you will be required by the organization to show proficiency with spa equipment and other electrical equipment. The New Age Spa Institute features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to ensure you gain practical knowledge and experience.


On completion of the course, students take the CIDESCO Examination which consists of:

  • A facial examination
  • A body examination
  • An additional subject
  • A written examination

For students currently enrolled in the esthetics program at The New Age Spa Institute.


A CIDESCO curriculum includes a program consisting of 550 clock hours (in addition to 750 hours of esthetic course). CIDESCO program has instruction as follows:

Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

  • Definition of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology and relationship of all these subjects to Massage. Medical terminology
  • The Cell
  • The Tissue level of organization
  • Skeletal System:

1.Axial Division

2.Appendicular Division

  • Joints and Ligaments

1.Part 1

2.Part 2

  • Bone Disorders
  • The Muscular System:

1.Introduction to the Muscular System.

2.Muscles of the Vertebral column.

3.Muscles of the back.

4.Muscles of the Vertebral column (of the back).

5.Muscles of the Pectoral Girdle.

6.Muscles that move the forearm and hand.

7.Muscles that move hand and fingers.

8.The Blood supply and innervations of the upper extremities.

9.Muscles of the Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limbs.

10.Muscles that move the leg and muscles that move the foot and toes.

11.Muscles of head, neck, stomach.

  • The Nervous System with pathology
  • The Senses
  • The Endocrine System with pathology
  • The Circulatory System with pathology
  • The Lymphatic & Immune systems with pathology
  • The Respiratory & Digestive systems with pathology
  • The Reproductive & Urinary systems with pathology
  • The Integumentary System with pathology
  • All material overview

Practical Swedish Massage .

  • Classification, understanding and description of massage movements.
  • Application of massage techniques.
  • Procedures for complete Swedish full body massage.
  • Effects, benefits, indications and contraindications of massage.


  • Structure and functions of nails.
  • Nail disorders and diseases.
  • Nail terminology, contraindications for manicure and pedicure.
  • Nail products.
  • Implements and preparation for manicure and pedicure.
  • Overview whole material, written test.
  • Manicure procedure
  • Pedicure procedure

Electrotherapy and Ancillary Body Treatments.

  • Mechanical massage
  • G5 or similar.
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation – Faradic Type or similar for body work
  • Figure analysis.
    • Endomorph
    • Mesomorph
    • Ectomorph
  • Methods of recording treatment information (facial, body treatment, body massage) on the CIDESCO analysis sheet
    Eyebrow and eyelash tinting.




9-month Post Graduate Program – SCHOOL CHICAGO, IL



1-week Post Graduate Program (5 classes) – SCHOOL CHICAGO, IL

Scholarships Available