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International Certifications

At Elite we have a choice of two international exams, both of which are highly recognised throughout the industry. Tuition of both syllabuses will depend on the course you have chosen to study. This will encourage you to personally select examinations to enhance your chosen careers. Your tutors and Campus Manager are available to guide you as to the most appropriate choice for you. 


Comite International D'esthetiques et de Cosmetology (Swiss based)

CIDESCO is considered the oldest examination board. A CIDESCO examiner will examine all practical and theory examinations alongside an Elite examiner. The practical exam consists of beautician and body components together in one day and CIDESCO theory exam on a separate day.

Results will be given immediately following marking. The pass mark for CIDESCO is set at 70%. A thesis on a subject of your choice is required as additional research and a demonstration of a specialised treatment. These results will go towards your final marks.

An additional requirement of 600 hours is to be completed in the industry to enable all candidates to obtain a full CIDESCO Diploma. CIDESCO has additional Diplomas in Electrolysis, Aromatherapy, and some Holistic Therapies. These can be achieved with further training to extend your CIDESCO qualification. 


Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (UK Based)

An examiner from CIBTAC examines your practical exam and invigilates all theory papers. The pass mark for CIBTAC is set at 60% and all results are forwarded to the school within 12 weeks of the exam. Achievements of Pass, Credit or Honours can be gained through theory and practical exams.

CIBTAC exams are designed for individual therapists to enhance their careers by gaining extra qualifications within beauty therapy. These include nail technology, spa Diplomas, holistic therapies and a variety of massage Diplomas. 

Important Information 

All costs for these exams are not included in your fees and the amounts may differ according to the currency rate at the time of payment. Policies and fees for international exams are governed by the individual international examining boards.

International exams take place twice a year in June/July and November/December and dates for these are only confirmed by each examining body 12 weeks prior to exams.

Due to the stringent marking procedures of the examination boards, international exam results can take up to three months after the exams have been sat to be released to the school by the examining board. It is your responsibility to contact Elite to find out your results.