Nov18

ISPA and CIDESCO Announce New Collaboration

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The International SPA Association and CIDESCO, a worldwide leader in beauty and spa therapy training, are collaborating to elevate and celebrate careers in the global spa industry. This collaboration furthers ISPA’s mission to strengthen the spa industry by working alongside organizations who provide its members with meaningful, industry-advancing resources and opportunities. Through their internationally recognized diplomas and certificates, CIDESCO has been promoting the highest standards in beauty and spa therapy since its founding in 1946.

“ISPA is constantly seeking collaborative ways to raise the profile of our industry and promote opportunities for growth and advancement among our members,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “CIDESCO’s commitment to high educational standards for current and future generations of spa professionals makes them ideal in pursuit of those goals. We’re excited for our members to learn more about everything CIDESCO has to offer.”

In addition to providing accreditation to beauty therapy schools and colleges, CIDESCO equips spa professionals with training in a wide array of subjects, including beauty and spa management, skin care, esthetics, body therapy and facials. This training is delivered both in-person and online through CIDESCO schools located around the globe, and graduates of CIDESCO’s diploma and certificate programs are internationally recognized for their high level of qualification. ISPA member spas whose leaders, therapists and service providers complete these programs will achieve recognition as among the most outstanding practitioners in their fields.

“With this collaboration, we are very excited to raise the awareness of CIDESCO resources and look forward to working more closely with ISPA to elevate the esthetics experience and create further success and growth in the spa industry,” said CIDESCO Section U.S.A. Chairman Lydia Sarfati.

Recent ISPA data suggests that nearly half (46%) of all spas are actively hiring massage therapists, while more than a third (37%) are seeking nail technicians and almost a quarter (22%) are searching for estheticians. Often, the greatest challenge to filling these vacancies is finding qualified candidates. ISPA and CIDESCO trust that the collaboration of these two global organizations will respond to that challenge by increasing awareness of and demand for careers in the spa industry, which is critical as spas continue their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.  

Additional details about ISPA and CIDESCO’s collaborative efforts will be announced as they develop.

About the International SPA Association:

ISPA, with its headquarters in Lexington, KY and managed by Associations International, is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on experienceispa.com. ISPA’s COVID-19 resources can be found here.

About CIDESCO:

Founded in 1946 in Brussels with their Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie – CIDESCO has set world standards for beauty and spa therapy. CIDESCO’s 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.