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Find Your Passion in Skincare

Are you passionate about helping yourself and others achieve smooth, glowing skin? As a licensed esthetician, you can get an extensive education in skincare to better understand how to create the perfect skincare routine for your clients. More and more people are turning to estheticians to help them take care of their skin, and that could be you.

With an esthetics education at JD Academy of Salon + Spa, start doing what you love!

It’s Time To Make a Change

It’s never too late to start your education in skincare. At JD Academy of Salon + Spa you can learn from passionate instructors who act as student mentors ready to teach you the skills you need to become a licensed professional in California. Our esthetics school is located conveniently in the East Bay area.

Our unique method and curriculum are designed to help prepare you with real experience, as you can provide facial, waxing, and other spa services to actual clients under the careful watch of our professional instructors. Our mission is to prepare successful future skincare professionals, and we’re always learning the latest and greatest, including light therapies, makeup design, and more.

As part of your esthetics education, you can feel prepared to sit for the state board exams, as we provide mock exams and bring in guests to walk through the ins-and-outs of what to expect. We want to see you succeed!

Experience the difference of education at The JD Academy of Salon + Spa.


See What Our Students Have To Say

"I want to thank my teachers; Ms. Lily, Ms. Bernie, Ms. Joni, and Ms. Catherine who had such a huge positive impact on me and my time at JD Academy. It was challenging going through school during the height of the pandemic (I started in February 2020) but felt I was able to push through with all of their help, encouragement, knowledge, and guidance along the way. Also, a huge thank you to the staff members during my time at JD Academy such as yourself Ms. Dee, Ms. Janet, Ms. Kelsey, Mr. Phuong, and everyone else there who made attending school so delightful. Although I'm currently attending school for Medical Assisting, I still have a love and passion for esthetics! I'm hoping to obtain a job that can incorporate the two fields."

Raquell, Esthetician Program Graduate

Ms. Janet. I have some exciting news for you today. I was just hired with Blue Mercury to start as a sales associate and later move into an esthetician position. The best part is it is literally right around the corner from my house. I couldn't wait to share the news with you. I'm literally crying out of JOY and GRATITUDE!!!! Thank you for having faith in me, you have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you for allowing me to get my education at JD Academy.

Brenda, Graduate

Since it's inception, I've had the opportunity to interview and work with many of the graduates from the JD Academy in Danville, California. It's been my experience, the caliber of students are technically well educated and prepared for their journey into a successful career in the beauty industry. The JD Academy is always my first call when looking to expand the team at Tribez Salons. Donna Bruner, Owner Tribez Salons

Salon Owner Testimonial

I am a current esthetician student at this school. Highly recommend! The teachers are so supportive and kind. Everyone here truly cares about their students. I have learned so much from here and they really prepare you for state board.

Kayla D.

I was so fortunate to attend JD Academy. I had toured other schools and JD was exactly what I needed. Small class size, more one on one with instructors, open door policy. It became my second home. My education was top notch... even in areas I didn't think I cared about... became my passion. I hope all future cosmetologists and estheticians are apart of JD Academy .

Nicky B – Former Student

Experience The JD Academy of Salon + Spa Difference

Wondering what makes our Danville, California school different from the rest? A huge part is how we present the curriculum to our students, as the learning environment is key to a successful program. You can learn in small class sizes, which gives necessary one-on-one time to have questions answered, and makes it easier to take a closer look at live demonstrations to master facials, makeup application, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does the Esthetics Program Take?

Our esthetics program requires 600 clock hours, as mandated by California state law. But, we do offer a variety of schedules, and it’s possible to complete our program in less than six months! We offer both day or evening programs, making it possible to balance school and life.

Is Your Esthetics Program Accredited?

Yes. We are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), which means you can be confident in your education. Accreditation is important to us, as we strive to make sure our program meets those high standards to provide a valuable education to each of our students.

How Much Does the Esthetician Program Cost?

Esthetician Program Length: 600-hours 22 weeks
Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  22 weeks (5.5 hours per day 27.5 hours/week)
600 Clock Hours $22.00/hour
Tuition $21,00 per hour $13,200
Application Fee – Non-Refundable $150
Books and Equipment – Nonrefundable $2,500
Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) Effective April 1, 2024 $0
State Board License Exam Fee $115
Total: $15,965

The curriculum for students enrolled in an esthetician course consists of 600 hours of technical and practical training covering all practices of an esthetician pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and cosmetology act as Amended by Stats. 2021, Ch 648, Sec. 6 (SB 648) Effective January 1, 2022.

The curriculum for students enrolled in an esthetician course consists of 600 hours of technical and practical training covering all practices of an esthetician pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and cosmetology act.
If adding skincare school to your budget is a concern, there are a variety of payment options you can choose from! At JD Academy of Salon + Spa financial aid is available to those who qualify. Talk to our financial aid team to learn more about what federal grants, loans, or other payment options you can use to help pay for your esthetics education.

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How Do I Enroll in Your Esthetics Program?

Interested in learning how to pursue esthetics school in California? The process is easy. As per the state of California, we require applicants to be at least 17 years old and provide proof through your driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport.

Applicants must also provide or complete:

  • Proof of high school graduation or its equivalent, such as a diploma, transcript or GED
  • A social security card
  • An Enrollment Agreement. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign this
  • A non-refundable $150 application/enrollment fee. If you are a veteran, this fee is only $10!

When you are ready to get started, make sure to schedule a tour of our school! We’d love to answer any questions you may have about the application process in person.

Take the Next Step to Your Skincare Education!

Don’t wait any longer to do what you’ve always wanted to do! Get in touch with our team by filling out the form or calling us at (925) 855-5551. When reaching out, we’ll schedule a time to meet and walk you through our San Francisco East Bay school to see if JD Academy of Salon + Spa is a good fit for you. You can see the school, meet our team, and so much more. We can’t wait to help you pursue an education in skincare.

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