Education Plan

Successfully navigate your way towards professional status! Follow the Education Plan to fast-track your professional career.

Foundation Skin Further your knowledge of the basics; gain a thorough understanding of the skin and practical techniques.

  • International Skin Care Techniques 3 day

    • Duration: 10am-5pm daily (3 days)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $375

    All Foundation Skin Classes are recommended prerequisites for Advanced Skin Classes.

    This is it: your foundation of a successful career in professional skin care! The best skin treatment centers in the business wait for graduates of our most famous class in classic skin care techniques. During your three days in class you'll learn exclusive IDI cleansing and massage routines together with a full understanding of a complete professional skin care treatment. Increase your confidence with this core treatment class that is so important to your success it's a recommended prerequisite for IDI postgraduate classes. Includes our International Skin Care Techniques DVD for free (a $60 value).

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  • Acne: Types, Triggers and Treatment

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    Did you know adult breakouts and congestion are on the rise? This advanced acne treatment class gets you updated on statistics, grades of acne, contributing factors, scarring and ingredient technology for superior treatment and real results. Includes practical hands-on session featuring IDI’s extraction technique.

  • Acids, Peels, and Exfoliants

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    From deep chemical peels to microdermabrasion, skin renewal is the most demanded service in our industry. Explore the many treatment and exfoliation options available while examining skin histology and evaluating current formulas and treatments through theory and practical hands-on.

  • Galvanic and High Frequency Treatments

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Demo
    • Fee: $110

    Bring the charge of electricity into your treatments! Our expert instructors are ready to empower you with high impact results including Desincrustation, Iontophoresis, Galvanic and High Frequency. From enhanced product penetration to sanitizing the skin post-extractions, we’ll cover it all for your complete confidence in electrical tool application.

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  • IDI Speed Waxing Techniques

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    It’s the top money-making service your business needs: now learn our proven unique methods for speed waxing! From skin prep to soothing post-wax, learn the pro tricks of the trade essential to fast and efficient speed waxing that also help minimize client discomfort.

  • Skin Analysis 101

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    If you’re a skin therapist looking to win in this industry, you better put skin analysis in your corner! Learn to identify and distinguish between skin conditions, disorders and diseases and how to prescribe the right home care regimen. Skin analysis is the foundation you’ll build a successful career upon.

Advanced Skin Find in-depth skin physiology analysis, ingredient information, and treatment options.

  • Puberty, Pregnancy and Menopause: How These Life Stages Affect the Skin

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory and demo
    • Fee: $110

    At any given time, any woman you treat will be going through one of these life stages. Their impact upon skin can’t be ignored, which is why this class is essential to your business. From teens with a multi-billion dollar spending power to Baby Boomers changing the way we approach healthy aging, you’ll be ready to take on skin conditions impacted by the hormonal fluctuations of female skin.

  • Treating Sensitive Skin

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Hands On
    • Fee: $110

    Skin Sensitization is on the rise, meaning more clients need your professional help. Understand the root causes, triggers and tripwires for this skin condition. Learn what ingredients, treatments and techniques you need to avoid, and what you can use to safely treat sensitive skin. Feel confident in how to handle an inflammatory response in the treatment room or a client complaint. Theory and hands on practical.

  • Results and Treatments for Aging Skin

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory and hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    Skin aging is the number one concern of clients. Understanding the main biochemical reactions responsible for skin aging is essential to delivering visible results -- and driving your financial potential. We’ll also take an honest look at ingredient fact versus fiction and the ultimate skin treatment for aging skin in this must-attend class.

  • Understanding the Lymphatic System

    • Duration: 10am-1pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Manual Lymph Drainage has been accepted as one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for the skin and body. Dr. Vodder’s school in Walschee, Austria draws students from around the globe for training in the unique method. This fascinating anatomy theory class discusses the basic and fundamental purpose, structure and function of the lymphatic system. It examines which skin conditions are indicated for Manual Lymphatic Drainage and gives an insight into the Vodder technique itself. Having this vital background knowledge ensures a more thorough understanding and appreciation of the MLD technique, and how this technique can benefit your clients.

  • Understanding Cosmeceutical Ingredients in Skin Products

    • Duration: 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    What’s hype, what’s hoopla, what’s safe, what’s dangerous? The experts at IDI created this class so you can have the answers when your clients come with questions. Join us as we dissect cosmeceutical ingredients and ingredient technology available to our clients today. Learn to sift through products and ingredients to protect yourself from those that don’t deliver results, and how to capitalize on ingredients that create happy clients for life.

  • Successfully Treating Hyperpigmentation

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory and demo
    • Fee: $110

    Take on this stubborn condition for happier clients! Learn the causes, treatments, and best ingredients for hyperpigmentation and get hands-on with an afternoon practical that ensures you're ready to confidently treat your clients.

  • Skin Diseases and Disorders

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Class Type: Theory and demo
    • Fee: $55

    Impetigo, folliculitis, ringworm and cherry anginomas… delve into skin diseases, disorders and anomalies that every skin care professional must know how to identify. You’ll never look at skin in the same way again!

Personal Success Get insider tips from our experts, and learn how to perfect your business style for success.

  • How to: Get Results in the Treatment Room

    • Duration: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
    • Class Type: Theory and demo
    • Fee: Complimentary

    Still steaming, creaming, buffing and fluffing? There is no market for old techniques that don’t deliver results. Boost your skills and ensure client retention with today’s technology and techniques! Class features a results-driven and profitable skin treatment demonstration that will jumpstart your skill set, make clients happy and get the referrals for your services rolling in.

  • How to: Gain New Clients and Increase Services

    • Duration: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: Complimentary

    If your business is flat to down, this is no time to sit back and hope the economy picks up. Take action and give your business an emergency survival boost from the experts at IDI! Learn key strategies to grow your business, including how to cater to the time-compressed client, boost word-of-mouth referrals, build business with promotions and events and sure-fire ways to keep current clients on the books. You need help, and we’re here to give it: turn your business around today.

  • How to: Increase Service Dollars with Add-on Treatments

    • Duration: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
    • Class Type: Demo
    • Fee: Complimentary

    Give your clients the options they want to stretch their service dollars! These add-on treatment techniques can be easily incorporated into your existing menu and include new treatments for the eyes, lips, hands, feet and back. Perfect for piggybacking onto your core skin or body treatments, offering as standalones or coupling together. These new techniques will excite current clients and could be your niche that brings in referrals.

  • Get to Know Dermalogica

    • Duration: 10am-1pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: Complimentary

    Peek inside Dermalogica's award-winning product line: the preferred product of The International Dermal Institute! Created by IDI to meet the professional requirements of skin therapists, Dermalogica is now an internationally recognized brand, receiving over 200 mentions a month in major consumer and trade publications around the world. Dermalogica is credited with pioneering key concepts for the professional skin therapist that deliver greater client results, and long-standing professional success. Join us for an amazing class and experience the Dermalogica difference!

Master Therapist Master level curriculum for the advanced or established therapist.

  • Skin Series: How the Skin Works

    • Duration: 9:30am-1pm or 1:30pm-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Recommended Prerequisite: International Skin Care Techniques.

    You’ll never look at skin the same way again! Take a view through the microscope into the anatomy and histology of skin, including a layer by layer analysis of the epidermis, the structural changes associated with eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, and the importance of the DEJ (dermal epidermal junction) in skin aging, and so much more.

  • Skin Series: Aging Skin

    • Duration: 9:30am-1pm or 1:30pm-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Recommended Prerequisite: How the Skin Works.

    We all know the tell-tale signs of skin aging, but do you understand what’s triggering them below the surface? This advanced class sets aside the myths to talk facts about skin aging, including all new findings on Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and the activation of Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes responsible for accelerating skin aging. Moreover, you’ll meet the ingredient technology providing skin therapists with realistic treatment of these triggers for better skin health.

  • Skin Series: Pigmentation

    • Duration: 9:30am-1pm or 1:30pm-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Recommended Prerequisite: How the Skin Works.

    The human skin color palette is becoming more diverse, meaning a higher demand for knowledge about pigmentation and pigment disorders. Dive deep into the layers of skin pigmentation and melanin formation to learn how you can successfully treat hyperpigmentation and offer advice to clients with hypopigmentation. Take an in-depth look at the different causes of hyperpigmentation and discover the advanced ingredients designed to target melanin formation.

  • Skin Series: Sensitive Skin and Inflammation

    • Duration: 9:30am-1pm or 1:30pm-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Recommended Prerequisite: How the Skin Works.

    Up to 50% of your clients complain of itching, stinging, burning skin. But what are the biological mechanisms underlying skin sensitivity? How should you handle a client with a skin reaction? In this advanced class, you will take an in-depth look into the biological pathways leading to immunogenic and neurogenic inflammation and their role in skin sensitivity. Uncover new facts on the importance of maintaining a healthy epidermal barrier to prevent flare-ups and the groundbreaking ingredient complexes that work beyond the surface to help manage this ever-present skin condition.

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  • Advanced Face Massage

    • Duration: 10am-5pm (2-day class)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $220

    Ready to elevate your skill set? Learn the powerful effects massage has on your clients. Explore various alternative massage techniques including Thai Stretching, Lymph Drainage and Pressure Point to add to your massage arsenal. Ensure client loyalty for life with these powerful massage therapies.

  • Chinese Acupressure

    • Duration: 10am-5pm (2-day class)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $220

    Chinese Acupressure, which originated in China more than 2000 years ago, is a coherent and independent system of thought and practice. Skin treatments can incorporate Chinese Acupressure to improve circulation, skin tone and elasticity. In this dynamic and fascinating class, you will learn the history behind this ancient technique while studying the vital energy, or life force, known as "Qi” – and how it affects health and well-being. Improve circulation and balance to bring about superior stress relief with this powerful traditional Chinese technique!

  • Chinese Diagnosis: Face and Body Reading

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory and hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    Go beyond traditional skin analysis with Chinese Diagnosis: Face and Body Reading, where each skin condition is a reflection of the whole body and it’s well-being. Learn how to discover a client’s energy type, how it affects the skin, and whether the client is predominantly a "Yin" [passive] or a "Yang" [active] type energy. Understand the facial lines and anomalies that denote specific body organs, and most importantly, how each organ impacts the skin. Expand your understanding of the skin/organ connection for a smarter product prescription and a correctly customized treatment to deliver the desired results to your client.

  • Ayurvedic Diagnosis for the Skin Therapist

    • Duration: 10am-5pm
    • Class Type: Theory and hands-on
    • Fee: $110

    Customize every aspect of your client’s experience with Ayruvedic diagnosis! These principles can be applied to help you discover more about your clients, and more about yourself. Join us to learn all about Dosha diagnosis and how it impacts the environment you create for every client. This knowledge will expand your treatment options and home care prescriptions for greater skin results. Understand Ayurveda and you’ll bring about balance of the mind, body and spirit.

  • Reflexology

    • Duration: 10am-5pm (2-day class)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $220

    Ninety-eight percent of nerve endings are in our hands and feet. Reflexology is based on the discovery that there are points on the feet and hands that correspond to organs, systems and structures within the entire body, not to mention an amazing technique for client relaxation! Learn this form of natural holistic therapy that works with the body’s own healing efforts. Explore the background and theory of reflexology and how it can enhance your treatments.

  • Stress Therapy Treatments

    • Duration: 10am-5pm (2-day class)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $220

    What you’ll learn in this class will give you the power to turn your clients’ lives around! Learn effective stress-reduction techniques for the back, shoulders and scalp to deliver pain and stress relief to male and female clients of all ages. Specially designed to fit into a skin therapist’s treatment schedule, the methods can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with a regular skin treatment for an additional relaxation add-on. Give and receive a treatment in class, and experience the deep and effective method of full body relaxation that can fit into a busy time schedule.

  • Aromatherapy: Face and Neck

    • Duration: 10am-5pm (2-day class)
    • Class Type: Hands-on
    • Fee: $220

    Reach a whole new client base intrigued by the benefits of aromatherapy! While the practice of Aromatherapy can be as complex as the oils themselves, in this no-nonsense class, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the subject of Aromatherapy and it’s modern day practices. Learn hands-on techniques for the scalp, face and neck, how essential oils scientifically work on the body, and how to add a complete 40-minute Aromatherapy Treatment to your menu. IDI is approved as a training center in Aromatherapy by The Institute of Clinical Aromatherapy on London, England.

  • Skin Series: Eczema and Psoriasis

    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Class Type: Theory
    • Fee: $55

    Uncover the mysteries behind psoriasis and eczema, all to help you help your clients take charge of these challenging skin conditions.