Why take CIDESCO International Beauty Diploma Course

The CIDESCO diploma is the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty therapy. It is the only qualification that is truly international – represented and recognised in 33 countries and respected across the five continents.

At Ray Cochrane Beauty Academy, we have been the longest-running CIDESCO training academy in the UK.

Unfortunately, as of 2022, we are no longer offering CIDESCO training.

However, if you are looking to pursue CIDESCO training in the UK, we recommend our sister school, The London School of Beauty & Make-Up.

The School is based in Barbican, at 18-19 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL.

Through the course students will get to work on actual clients in a professional and real working environment, supervised and supported by tutors who have years of experience in beauty salons and spas. Our training combining teaching and practice makes our graduates highly employable and ready for the world of work.

As part of your CIDESCO course at LSBM, you will gain commercial salon experience. Once you have understood and practised the treatments in your class and your tutor is confident in your skills, you will work in the LSBM salon. Clients come into the school to get treatments done by student therapists for a discounted price. The purpose of this day is for the students to practise their knowledge and skill with the different treatments they have been taught. This gives the students better experience and knowledge of many different skin types, body types, ages and ethnicities, making them industry ready by graduation.

CIBTAC, ITEC and CIDESCO require that you have salon experience to show that you are able to work to professional timings and complete a variety of treatments.

Course Outline

CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma In Beauty Therapy Service & Level 3 Award in Facial Electrotherapy Treatments

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Facial massage, mixing and application of face masks, steaming and extraction
  • Waxing (hot bees wax and strip methods)
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping
  • Professional make-up from day and evening, through to bridal looks
  • Electrical facial treatments (Micro-current – non-surgical lift, Vacuum Suction, Galvanic – deep cleansing and Facial Faradic E.M.S.)

CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Body Therapy Service

  • Swedish Body Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Figure Analysis
  • Electrical Body Treatments (Vacuum Suction, Galvanic, Faradic E.M.S, G5 Massage and Infrared)
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Skin & Dermatology
  • Make-up Application
  • Chemistry & Cosmetic Science
  • Case Study of Students Choice
  • Business Plan Creation & CV Writing
  • Interview Techniques

Holistic Therapies

  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology

In addition to the standard curriculum, this course also incorporates training in:

  • Dermalogica® product training
  • BCL® product training
  • Gel polish training
To obtain the CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma you will need to complete the outlined modules across a 43 week period.
The modules are:
  • 1 Aesthetic Treatments including Facial electrical machines
  • 2 Body Treatments including Swedish body massage and electrical machines
  • 3 Holistic Therapies including Aromatherapy & Reflexology
  • 4 Figure Diagnosis
  • 5 Anatomy and Physiology


After completing my diploma, I returned back to my home country of Spain. Within a matter of weeks I was able to secure a job at one of Madrid’s most prestigious hotels. The most incredible thing was, the woman who interviewed me knew about the Ray Cochrane Beauty School! I really love my job. As an employee of this hotel, not only to get to meet exciting people but I get incredible perks such as cheap hotel deals all around the world! I really do love my profession.

_Gabrielle Martinez, Spain

After lots of research I decided to study at The Ray Cochrane Beauty School for my beauty qualification. It is a small school in the heart of London with small classes, the teaching is phenomenal and you get plenty of practical experience doing clients. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, I was able to get a job in an excellent spa straight after qualifying and a year later I am now setting up my own business. I am absolutely thrilled with the skills, knowledge and friends I gained here. Definitely recommend to anybody looking for a fantastic qualification in a really friendly, easy learning environment.

_Charlotte Whiting-Searle, Kent

I had looked at other beauty schools before choosing Ray Cochrane, what made me decide that it was the right choice was not only the history of the establishment and the great reviews from previous students but also the standard of teaching. At the time I was there we were honored to have Miss Suri present, she was the president of the CIDESCO board and had many great influences on the beauty industry. The classes were small which gave each student confidence that we were getting the attention and help we needed. Although some of the machines were slightly old they did their job and helped us learn the basics of beauty therapy. Dr Skoryk was one of my favourite teachers, she was kind and caring but lead us forward and pushed us when needed. I have very fond memories of the school, they work you hard but it's all worth it in the end as it prepares you for the outside working world and how to present yourself to clients or how to assess situations when there are difficult or dissatisfied clients which is a must for when you are in a new job! I can't thank everyone from Ray Cochrane enough, they have given me more than I expected I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is thinking of going into the beauty industry!

_Estée Chua, London

Dates and fees
Start Dates Location Course Type Duration Places Left
Mon, 4 Sep 2023 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL Full Time 43 Weeks 12
Course Fee

£9,990.00 (VAT incl.)

Including CIDESCO and CIBTAC/iTEC examination fees, study material, beauty kits and uniforms

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Course length: 43 weeks

*Although the ‘normal’ study hours are 9am–5pm, you will also be required to practice your treatments in our student salon which might include late nights. In the case of late nights, time off in lieu is granted, usually by means of a later start time.

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  • Balance £7000 on course start date
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