Before discussing our esthetician program, it is first pertinent to define the term “esthetician”. An esthetician is a skincare expert that specializes in fostering and maintaining healthy skin. Beginning your career as an esthetician requires training in a variety of subjects ranging from biology to holistic healthcare. The information below is provided to give an overview of the curriculum, skills, and certifications we offer at the Elaine Sterling Institute.

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What sets ESI apart?


The Elaine Sterling Institute offers the 1000-hour esthetician program and the 600 hour Esthetician Instructor program for licensure in the state of Georgia. Our Institute has the latest spa equipment available, making ESI renowned for combining European standards with American Science.

Here is just a snippet of what makes us the premiere esthetics school in Atlanta:

  • Strong academic standards
  • High expectations of professionalism
  • Connect studies with the real world
  • Build quality business relationships through constant networking
  • Performance-based education
  • Seamless transition from school to the workplace
  • Cutting-edge skincare technology
  • Access to industry leaders
  • Smaller classes and more individual attention
  • International certification through ITEC and CIDESCO program

Our Missions Statement

“The goal of the Elaine Sterling Institute is to provide programs of educational excellence that combine classical European traditions of skincare with modern American scientific technologies.”

Program Schedules

 At the Elaine Sterling Institute, we try our best to accommodate individuals from all walks of life, and this often includes a multitude of schedules. We offer a series of programs to choose from in order to suit your scheduling needs.

Full-Time Esthetician Day Program:  1000 hour program – AVERAGE OF 26 HOURS PER WEEK

Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm AND (1) Saturday  8:30 am to 4:30 pm (1/2 hour break)

Part-Time Esthetician Day Program:  1000 hour program – 23.5 HOURS PER WEEK

Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

AND either the 1st and 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month OR the 2nd and 4th Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (1/2 hour break)

(have the option to substitute one of the Saturdays for the 1st Monday of each month while in Level 1)

Part Time Esthetician Evening Program:  1000 hour program – 18 HOURS PER WEEK

Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

AND either the 1st and 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month OR the 2nd and 4th Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (1/2 hour break) (have the option to substitute one of the Saturdays for the 1st Monday of each month while in Level 1)

Part Time Esthetician Weekender Program: 1000 hour program – 18.5 HOURS PER WEEK

Level One, Two and Three:

Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am–4:30 pm (1/2 hour break)

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tuition and Fees

Esthetician Program – 1000 hours 2013/2014

Tuition: $11976  ($11.98 per hour)

Kit: $1924

TOTAL TUITION: $13900

Entrance Fees: – separate from the cost of the program

Registration Fee: $85 (non-refundable)

MAC Pro Student Program: $15

Student Liability Insurance: $59

CPR/AED Certification: $40

Graduation Fee: $40

TOTAL FEES: $239

ESI offers tuition payment plans and offer federal financial aid. Tuition and registration payments can be made online in our tuition payment section of our website. More information can be found about financial aid and tuition on our Financial Aid page.