Student FAQ


Student FAQ

The first eight weeks of the Natural Aesthetics Practitioner and Advanced Skincare and Cosmetic Laser Technician programs are dedicated to theory, such as skin analysis, safety, and proper protocol. Shortly after that, you will spend four hour per week taking real clients in the student spa! You can even invite your family and friends to books services with you. Your instructors will be there to assist you with questions and supervision.

Graduates must complete and pass the state board exam before being eligible for employment in the state of Arizona. We are thrilled to report that our graduates currently have a 100% pass rate for the written and practical portions of the state board exam! Once you are licensed, you can put your skills to use. You will have learned practical, technical and interpersonal skills during your time in SWINA’s classes and student clinic. The real-world experience gained throughout your program will ensure you are a confident and capable skincare expert.

A high school diploma or GED is required to enroll into any of the programs at SWINA and you must be 18 year of age by the time program completion. For enrollment into the Cosmetic Laster Technician certificate program, students must either be a licensed aesthetician or cosmetologist, or be enrolled in the Advanced Skincare and Cosmetic Laser Technician program. Those wishing to take our Master Aesthetics Educator program must be an Arizona Licensed Aesthetician or Cosmetologist with at least 1 year of verifiable work experience.

Yes! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14% growth in esthetics jobs through 2026 and spa industry revenue is growing 4.5% faster than the overall economy. SWINA also provides career support and maintains excellent relationships with many employers around the valley.

Yes, we offer both day and night classes. Our Day program hours range from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday – Friday. Our Evening program hours are 6 PM to 10 PM on Monday – Thursdays and occasional Saturday classes from 8:30 to 5 PM. Please connect with an Admissions Advisor for your schedule.

Yes, as part of our regular curriculum we include a special series of State Board classes that focus on getting our students prepared to take the State Board written and practical exam. Your State Board licensing fees are already factored into your tuition, so upon graduation, once your hours have been submitted, you can schedule your testing dates.

Yes, we are nationally accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Commission for Continuing Education and Training. Being nationally accredited allows us to offer federal financial aid to those who qualify.

SWINA provides you with state-of-the-art skincare techniques to master the skills needed to pursue many careers and entrepreneurial opportunities. While we do thoroughly prepare you to take both the written and practical licensing exams required by Arizona State Board of Cosmetology, our focus is on teaching you the real-world skills and current spa technologies used in high-end resorts and Med Spas that will lead to great employment opportunities, or to building a successful practice of your own.

Yes, Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. If your program is more than 600 hours, you may apply for Financial Aid at Our school code is 035933.

There are so many employment opportunities available as a licensed aesthetician! A few examples include working in a spa, salon, med spa or resort, becoming a makeup artist, independent contractor, or product sales representative, and even opening your own business!

No. SWINA teaches an advanced curriculum containing both natural and clinical aesthetics. This allows our students to have the knowledge and experience to give their clients what they want and need.