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International Certifications

At Elite, students have the option of taking an international exam, which is highly recognised throughout the industry. Tuition 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. 

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.