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What is the Certificate Program?

Since the 1980’s, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists has annually produced a slate of  1–2-day Continuing Education Program (CEP) courses targeted at cosmetics industry professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge of various aspects of cosmetic science. While the educational benefit of these standalone courses has been significant, we are now pleased to announce our latest model of cosmetic science education: the SCC Certificate Program.

Leveraging the SCC's existing CEP course catalog, the SCC Certificate Program promises to offer deeper dives into select subject areas via curated course collections and carefully considered participant pathways through the material. The program will utilize a flexible combination of in-person and online courses (both live and on-demand), hands-on laboratory work, and participant testing to reinforce key concepts and retention.

In 2024, the SCC is launching its inaugural "Skin Care Certificate," and is currently developing additional subject area tracks for launch in subsequent years.

How does it work?

Program Duration: Summer 2024 - Spring 2025

Program Requirements: Participants take three (3) required CEP courses, as well as three (3) elective courses in the subject area of their choice.

Required Course List:

  • Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Skin Science
  • Cosmetic Formulations (w/optional hands-on lab component)

Elective Course Topics - Participants choose three (3):

  • Sensory Characterization 
  • Microbiology/Microbiome
  • Advanced Skin Science
  • Cosmetic Raw Materials
  • Botanicals and Naturals
  • Sunscreens
  • Color Cosmetics
  • Cosmetic Product Development
  • Product Preservation
  • Claims Substantiation
  • Cosmetic Actives 

Program Certificate: Upon finishing the required allottment of courses and testing, participants will apply what they have learned by submitting a reflection of their experience in the program, after which they will be awarded a certificate of completion.


  • $2,000 - SCC Member
  • $2,500 - Non-Member

Registration opening Summer 2024




with the instructors by asking live questions about the material and learning quality content alongside your peers. 



select subject areas with a combination of classroom courses online and in-person, laboratory work, and testing.


your new found knowledge into your every day practices, and bring valuable skills back to your team of cosmetic chemists!