National Accreditation

National Accreditation

Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc. (NACCAS)

Naccas-logo-blackWhat does it mean when a school is nationally accredited?

  • The school has voluntarily decided to participate in the rigorous inspections and continual oversight of a recognized accrediting agency.
  • The school meets or exceeds national standards of educational performance for its curriculum set forth by an impartial nongovernmental agency.
  • The school may be recognized by the US Department of Education as a Title IV school, meaning that the institution can provide Federal Financial Aid.

Why is this important to me?

  • National accreditation ensures that your education is recognized anywhere in the United States (licensure requirements vary by state)
  • Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute is held to higher standards of education and provides a comprehensive esthetics curriculum including training with industry-leading products and equipment
  • Our school adheres to strict educational and operational requirements to ensure the success of all of our students
  • You can receive Federal financial assistance in the form of grants and loan (available to those who qualify)


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Licensed vs. Accredited
Esthetics schools are licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. This is a license to operate and not accreditation. Students attending non-accredited schools will generally pay out-of-pocket. Non-accredited schools may not meet the same stringent standards as accredited schools. Many prospective students choose to seek out only nationally accredited esthetician schools.Schedule Your Campus Tour
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Top 10 Benefits of National Accreditation


Read our blog post to learn more about the many benefits of attending a Nationally Accredited school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can non-accredited schools offer Federal Financial Aid?
No, only nationally accredited institutions may offer Federal Financial Aid (to those that qualify) in the form of grants and loans. Remember, all esthetics schools in Illinois are required to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation but schools are not required to be nationally accredited. It’s in your best interest to seek out only nationally accredited esthetics schools (such as those accredited by NACCAS).

Is Estelle a Title IV school?
Yes, Estelle Skin Care & Spa Institute is a Title IV school and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Title IV recognition from the U.S. Department of Education entitles a school to offer Federal Financial Aid to those that qualify.

Is CIDESCO recognition the same as U.S. national accreditation?
No, CIDESCO recognition is not national accreditation and simply means that the institution meets the curriculum requirements set forth by Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO), a European-based beauty group. In many cases, U.S. National Accreditation requirements and regulations exceed that of CIDESCO. Schools that are CIDESCO members but not nationally accredited Title IV schools cannot offer Federal Financial Aid.

Will obtaining a CIDESCO diploma from a CIDESCO member school increase my career opportunities?
If you’re planning to practice esthetics in the United States, having a CIDESCO certificate is not necessary and may not provide much benefit to you, if any at all. If you’re planning to practice exclusively in Europe, having a CIDESCO diploma may be beneficial as some European spas give preference to CIDESCO holders.

Federal financial aid is available only to those that qualify.