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2022 Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate School for You

Personal & Culinary Services is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2019-2020, 119,853 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 820 schools in the United States to see which basic certificate programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

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2022 Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Colleges.

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Our analysis found Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics to be the best school for personal and culinary services students who want to pursue a basic certificate in the United States. Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Henrico.

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#2

Avi Career Training

Great Falls, VA

Out of the 820 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Avi Career Training landed the # 2 spot on the list. Avi Career Training is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Great Falls.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend New York Institute of Beauty. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Islandia, New York Institute of Beauty is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Institute of Culinary Education. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Institute of Culinary Education is a small private for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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#5

Avenue Five Institute

Austin, TX

The excellent basic certificate programs at Avenue Five Institute helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best personal and culinary services schools in the United States. Located in the city of Austin, Avenue Five Institute is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #6, Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. Located in the small city of Reston, DSI Academy is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #7, Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Indianapolis did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. Aveda Fredric's Institute - Indianapolis is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

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Gary Manuel Aveda Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. GMAI is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle.

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With a ranking of #9, American Academy of Health and Beauty did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. American Academy of Health and Beauty is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Manchester.

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#10

Cinta Aveda Institute

San Francisco, CA

With a ranking of #10, Cinta Aveda Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. Cinta Aveda Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco.

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J D Academy of Salon and Spa did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the suburb of Danville, J D Academy of Salon and Spa is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate personal and culinary services programs. New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa is a small private for-profit school located in the city of white plains.

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Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Everett, Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #14, San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Inc did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. SFIEC is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

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Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics ranked #16 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of New York, Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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International Academy of Style landed the #17 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate personal and culinary services programs. International Academy of Style is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Reno.

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Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate personal and culinary services programs. Located in the suburb of Medford, Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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The Salon Professional Academy - Fargo landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate personal and culinary services programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, TSPA - Fargo is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#20

Penrose Academy

Scottsdale, AZ

With a ranking of #20, Penrose Academy did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their basic certificate. Penrose Academy is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Scottsdale.

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The Institute of Beauty and Wellness ranked #21 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Academy of Massage and Bodywork did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Academy of Massage and Bodywork is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bear.

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The International Culinary Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of New York, The International Culinary Center is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Aveda Institute - Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Madison, Aveda Institute - Madison is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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The Salon Professional Academy - San Jose came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Jose, TSPA - San Jose is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools

#26

Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
#27

Medspa Academies

South Jordan, UT
#29

Aveda Institute - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN
#31

Aveda Institute - Des Moines

West Des Moines, IA
#34

Make-up Designory

Burbank, CA
#36

Universal Spa Training Academy

Downers Grove, IL
#37

Florida Academy

Fort Myers, FL
#38

Hoss Lee Academy

Roseville, CA
#41

Studio Academy of Beauty

Chandler, AZ
#43

Aveda Institute Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV
#43

G Skin & Beauty Institute

Oakbrook, IL
#49

Aveda Institute - New York

New York, NY
#50

Stewart School

Sioux Falls, SD

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 820 different United States personal and culinary services schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics Virginia Beach, VA
52 Gould’s Academy Memphis, TN
53 Shear Ego International School of Hair Design Rochester, NY
54 Aesthetic Science Institute Latham, NY
55 Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology-Seattle Seattle, WA
56 Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics Woburn, MA
57 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Campus WOODBURY, MN
58 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth Campus Plymouth, MN
59 Aveda Institute - Phoenix Tempe, AZ
60 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Cincinnati West Chester, OH
61 Aveda Institute - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
62 Aveda Institute - Columbus Columbus, OH
63 Aveda Institute - Chicago Chicago, IL
64 PCI Academy-Plymouth Plymouth, MN
65 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO
66 La James International College-Davenport Davenport, IA
67 La James International College-Iowa City Iowa City, IA
68 Aveda Institute Portland - Vancouver Campus Vancouver, WA
69 Aveda Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
70 MKG Beauty & Business Cranston, RI
71 Aveda Institute - Portland Portland, OR
71 Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training New York, NY
73 Pure Aesthetics Tucson, AZ
74 Gould’S-Academy Bartlett, TN
75 Summit Salon Academy - Tacoma Tacoma, WA
76 Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento Sacramento, CA
77 Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology Pine Brook, NJ
78 Palace Beauty College Los Angeles, CA
79 Skin Science Institute Salt Lake City, UT
80 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville Libertyville, IL
81 Sharp Edgez Barber Institute Rochester, NY
82 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
83 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
84 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Irving Irving, TX
85 G Skin & Beauty Institute West Dundee, IL
86 Boca Beauty Academy Boca Raton, FL
87 Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup New York, NY
88 Paul Mitchell the School Austin Austin, TX
89 Capri College, Dubuque Dubuque, IA
90 Nova Academy of Cosmetology Rochester, MN
91 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin Elgin, IL
92 L’esprit Academy Livonia, MI
93 Capilo School of Hair Design Augusta, ME
94 Black Hills Beauty College Rapid City, SD
95 O’Briens Aveda Institute Williston, VT
96 The Salon Professional Academy - Appleton Appleton, WI
97 American Barber Academy Reading, PA
98 Innovate Salon Academy - Ewing Ewing, NJ
99 Panache Academy of Beauty Baraboo, WI
100 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Lafayette Lafayette, IN
101 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
102 Jupiter Beauty Academy Boston, MA
103 The Salon Professional Academy - Tonawanda Tonawanda, NY
104 Innovate Salon Academy South Plainfield, NJ
105 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights Glendale Heights, IL
106 Josef’s School of Hair, Skin & Body, Grand Forks Grand Forks, ND
107 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
108 Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook Westbrook, ME
109 PCI Academy-Ames Ames, IA
110 American Institute of Beauty Largo, FL
111 Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork Lancaster, PA
112 Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences Timonium, MD
113 Brown Aveda Institute - Strongsville Strongsville, OH
114 Spa Tech Institute-Westboro Westboro, MA
115 Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute Skokie, IL
116 International College of Cosmetology Oakland, CA
117 Long Island Nail Skin & Hair Institute Levittown, NY
118 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Rockford Rockford, IL
119 Studio Beauty School Spokane Valley, WA
120 Summit Salon Academy - Tampa Tampa, FL
121 Capri College, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, IA
122 Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines Des Moines, IA
123 Model College of Hair Design Saint Cloud, MN

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Personal & Culinary Services Basic Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
124 La James International College-Cedar Falls Cedar Falls, IA
125 Academy of Professional Cosmetology Rogers, AR
126 Bucks County School of Beauty Culture Inc Feasterville, PA
127 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences San Antonio, TX
128 Cortiva Institute-Baltimore Linthicum, MD
129 Baldwin Beauty School - North Austin Austin, TX
130 Aveda Institute - Tallahassee Tallahassee, FL
131 Parisian Beauty School Hackensack, NJ
132 Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Bedford, NH
133 Spa Tech Institute-Plymouth Plymouth, MA
134 DuVall’s School of Cosmetology Bedford, TX
135 Aveda Institute - Boise Boise, ID
136 Aveda Institute - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
137 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE Chicago, IL
138 Summit Salon Academy - Perrysburg Perrysburg, OH
139 Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology Wallingford, CT
140 Paul Mitchell the School Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH
141 Arrojo Cosmetology School New York, NY
142 Metro Beauty Academy Allentown, PA
143 Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady Schenectady, NY
144 Grabber School of Hair Design St. Louis, MO
145 Brown Aveda Institute - Mentor Mentor, OH
146 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
147 Arizona Culinary Institute Scottsdale, AZ
148 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Appleton, WI
149 The Spa School Columbus, OH
150 Vogue College of Cosmetology-San Antonio Fredericksburg San Antonio, TX
151 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Green Bay, WI
152 Aveda Institute - South Florida Davie, FL
153 State College of Beauty Culture Inc Wausau, WI
154 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster Westminster, CO
155 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Blue Springs Blue Springs, MO
156 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Madison, WI
157 Davis Technical College Kaysville, UT
158 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-San Antonio 410 San Antonio, TX
159 Barber & Beauty Institute of New York Hempstead, NY
160 Vogue College of Cosmetology San Antonio, TX
161 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
162 Acaydia School of Aesthetics Provo, UT
163 Paul Mitchell the School Spokane Spokane Valley, WA
164 Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing, MI

Personal & Culinary Services by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Personal & Culinary Services Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Cosmetology 95,609
Culinary Arts 21,906
Funeral & Mortuary Science 2,058
Other Personal & Culinary Services 280

Majors Similar to Personal & Culinary Services

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 100,894
Precision Production 52,005
Construction Trades 37,535
Transportation & Materials Moving 26,683

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Army Europe Images.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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