Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who, why and how? All your questions answered

Here are some questions that others have asked about Spa Business Education before saying, “Sign me up!”

Course Content

Why choose a program or course from us?

You will;

  • Receive business management training that is specific to the spa and wellness industry;
  • Study curriculum created and taught by top professionals in the spa industry with decades of experience;
  • Learn more than academic principles of management by studying real-life scenarios that you’ll encounter as a spa manager;
  • Receive ready to use business templates, review real-life examples and complete assignments that help you immediately put into practice what you learn in the course;
  • Get access to an exclusive online community of fellow students, graduates and Raison d’Etre staff, where you can learn, collaborate and find out about spa management job openings around the world;

What courses does Spa Business Education offer?

You have several options to choose from:

  • The Spa Management Program
  • The CIDESCO Beauty & Spa Management Diploma Program
  • Short courses in; Finance, Leadership, Marketing & PR, Human Resources and Spa Operations.

What does the Spa Management Program cover?

The Spa Management online program covers the following;

  • Introduction to Spa Business Education
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Leadership & Strategic Planning
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Spa Operations & Service Quality Management
  • Business Plan

This is taught with the help of comprehensive training manuals, ready-to-use templates and educational videos. Your personal mentor with extensive experience in the industry is there to answer your questions throughout the course and give you feedback on every assignment.

After completion, you will have earned a diploma that certifies your proficiency from a world-recognized leader in spa management and development, Raison d’Etre.

Why choose any of the short courses?

  • If you only want to study a specific subject we offer short courses in: Marketing & PR, Finance, Leadership, HR and Spa Operations.
  • These courses have multiple-choice quizzes instead of personal feedback from a mentor.
  • After you have taken the final test, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

How will it help me get a job as a spa manager?

The benefits of Spa Business Education extend far beyond your graduation.

After you complete the course you’ll receive your Raison d’Etre Spa Business Education diploma, which is recognized around the world as a mark of excellence in spa management training. You’ll want to include Spa Business Education on your CV, and be sure to highlight it to potential employers.

Within the Spa Business Education community you’ll have access to job openings around the world shared by Raison d’Etre staff—and we encourage our alumni to share opportunities, too.

We also invite all graduates to give their CVs to their course mentor. We keep each CV on file at Raison d’Etre for a year and can contact you if we find out about job openings that could be a fit for you.

Can I get help during the program?

Yes. After you enroll, you’ll be given a personal course mentor for precisely that.

Many of our students have no previous experience with finance, marketing, leadership or other aspects of management that Spa Business Education covers — and that’s perfectly okay! The modules are designed to teach you from the ground up.

And for any questions that still arise, your course mentor is available to provide guidance and feedback along the way.

Course Logistics

How much does it cost?

  • Spa Management Program: $2195, or 5 monthly installments of $480.
  • CIDESCO Beauty & Spa Management Diploma Program: $2490 or 5 monthly installments of $520.
  • Short courses: $390 each

How do I pay?

You chose the course you are interested in taking. You will then be directed through a simple and secure online payment process, where you will enter your credit or debit card information. When payment has been processed, you will have immediate access to the program or course.

If you have questions about payments, please send us an email at smc@rdespas.com.

Do I need anything special for my computer to complete the course?

No, all you need is:

  1. A broadband internet connection;
  2. Access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs or similar; and
  3. Adobe Reader (or another PDF reader).

English isn’t my first language. Is that a problem?

Not at all. Many of our students don’t have English as a first language, and we’ve designed the course with that in mind. If you can read through this website and understand the majority of what is discussed in the free sample classes, then you should be just fine in the course itself—even if you need a bit of help from Google Translate.

We’ve made sure to communicate in clear English, starting with basic concepts and building from there. And because the course is all online, you can go back and watch lectures or re-read materials at any time. 

If you do have trouble understanding certain concepts in English, you can always look for a study buddy in our private Facebook group or ask your personal mentor for support. We’re here to help you succeed!

Do I need to attend any classes or meetings in person?

No. All of your lectures, materials, coursework and communications for the course are online.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the program and short courses?

We recommend that students aim to complete the full program within four months, so they stay focused and motivated toward a clear goal of graduation in the not-too-distant future.

The short courses usually take 2-3 weeks each to complete.

However, it’s up to you to set your own pace of study.   

Can I study when I’m working full-time?

Yes, you can! Most of our graduates have worked full-time duration of the course. We purposefully designed our courses and program so you can study from anywhere on a schedule that works for you. 

What happens if I don’t finish on time?

We recommend that students for their own benefit aim to complete the full program within 4 months. The max time allowed to stay on the program and receive feedback is 6 months. Extra time can be added with an administration fee of 300USD to renew your enrollment.

The max. time allowed for the short courses is 2 months.

If for any unforeseen circumstances you face time issues, please contact us and let us know.  

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