Q & A - Questions & Answers


Q: What is CIDESCO?

A: The Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) is the world’s major international beauty therapy association and the world standard for beauty and spa therapy. CIDESCO is represented by the leading schools and colleges of the world in over 40 countries across 5 continents which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications. CIDESCO USA is the American section of CIDESCO International, host of the 2019 CIDESCO World Congress.  

Our membership is open to the leading schools, colleges, beauty salons and spas of the world and students looking to achieve a superior level of training and the CIDESCO Diploma qualification which is recognized worldwide.

To the leading schools and colleges of the world, we offer a portfolio of prestigious training programs, standards and qualifications in Beauty and Spa Therapy, Aromatherapy, Epilation, Beauty & Spa Management and Media Make-up to produce graduates of the highest level. 

To students, we offer the best possible start to a career in the Beauty & Spa Therapy Industry enabling you to have a long and meaningful future doing what you love.  

Q: What is the CIDESCO World Congress?

A: CIDESCO World Congress - The Architecture of Beauty brings together world renowned leaders in the industry of Skincare, Beauty and Esthetics. Join us in Chicago, September 19th - 23rd and stake your claim in the world of skincare among accredited international professionals! Earn up to 10 CE hours towards license renewal due at the end of September 2019! Guests will have the opportunity to discuss the industry’s most important issues, learn new skills and network with the world’s leading experts from the skincare and spa industries.


Q: What is CIDESCO qualification?

A: The CIDESCO Diploma is the world's prestigious qualification for Esthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set international standards since 1957. We are proud to provide training and education in a wide range of beauty and spa therapies to produce graduates of the highest caliber.

Q: If I'm not in CIDESCO can I still attend the World Congress?

A: YES! Anyone interested in the professional skincare industry, licensed estheticians, makeup artists, salon/spa owners can attend. Cosmetologists can come, too! Join your international peers as this once in a lifetime event. Come one, come all!

Q: Do you have a VISA Support Letter / Invitation?

A: Yes we do! CLICK HERE for a downloadable pdf.

Q: I have a visa interview and need assistance. How can You help me?

A: Here’s the information we need to get back from each of the international attendees, so we can assist in getting a Letter of Support from our government official… to help in the Visa Interview:  

We need this information at least 1 week in advance to them interviewing.

• Full name
• Passport Number
• Date of Birth
• Date of the interview
• Location of the interview

We are also stressing that each applicant be informed that in order to facilitate the visa approval process - -  it is important for applicant to stress the intent to return to their homeland as soon as US Congress is over … they must stress they will be a temporary visitor to US.


An interesting discussion with Elaine Sterling and Janet Kowaleski, a CIDESCO Educator, and talk about the CIDESCO Diploma, Skin Care Certificates and the fabulous CIDESCO World Congress 2019 happening in Chicago, September 19-23. Register Now! Tickets are going fast for the Evening Events so decide now. Visit www.cidescoworldcongress2019.com