Have you been thinking about a new career as a Massage Therapist?

Why a Massage Therapy Career Might Be Right For You

Massage therapists can provide pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and stress reduction. … Helping people feel good naturally makes us feel good, and Massage Therapists have the privilege of making the world a better happier place through the power of therapeutic touch.

Have you been thinking about a new career as a Massage Therapist? Most people love the idea of receiving a massage, but they may not have considered actually providing this valuable and therapeutic service to others. You can learn massage therapy at TSPA Fargo and get started in this rewarding and growing field in less than 9 months! If you are unsure about a career in massage therapy, here are 5 reasons why now is a great time to become a Massage Therapist:

  1. High Demand and Income Potential

Graduates of massage therapy school have the skills to join the workforce in a top-ranked career right away.  U.S. News and World Report reports opportunities for employment are expected to grow 26% through 2026. Massage Therapy is becoming a more widely accepted and demanded therapeutic service with jobs for Massage Therapists outgrowing the number of new therapists graduating from massage school. This demand is providing new Massage Therapists with multiple income-earning opportunities right out of school.

  1. Many Career Options

Professional Massage Therapists can choose from a variety of exciting and rewarding career paths and environments. Many Massage Therapists are self-employed private practitioners, while others work in spas, medical offices, chiropractic offices, resorts or even with professional sports teams.  You can work virtually anywhere you want, giving you a freedom most other careers cannot match. Massage therapy is a great occupation for those that want to work in beautiful surroundings. Many happy professionals work at tourist spots and on cruise ships all over the world. This makes massage therapy a great profession for those that want to relocate or travel. Imagine working at tropical beach resorts or idyllic winter destinations in snow-covered mountains, with massage therapy this could be your reality!

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  1. Flexible Schedule & Independence

Massage Therapists can choose how much they want to work in either full-time or part-time positions. With an attractive hourly and commission pay range, you can choose what work-life balance is best for you. You can be your own boss and open your own spa, private practice, or leave the managing to someone else and just focus on your bodywork. Being able to create your own schedule is a huge advantage for most who are considering a career as a Massage Therapist.

  1. Great Work Environment

Staring at a computer screen all day isn’t for everyone. You may prefer a career where you are free to move around during the day and engage both your mind and body. Most Massage Therapists work in relaxing environments surrounded by relaxing lighting, aromatherapy, and soothing music. The ambiance created to help relax massage clients also provides a relaxing workplace for Massage Therapists.

  1. Massage Therapists Have Rewarding Careers Helping People! 

You know how people dread their dental or doctor’s appointment? Massage Therapists have clients that look forward to seeing them! Massage therapists can provide pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and stress reduction. Massage therapists can help their clients speed up the healing process, improve circulation, and can even assist in restoring emotional balance. Helping people feel good naturally helps you feel good too, and Massage Therapists have the privilege of making the world a better, happier place through the power of therapeutic touch.


We believe our graduates should be well versed in all facets of massage therapy.

Our 900 hour program goes far beyond the 750 hour programs out there. Employers prefer graduates with the most knowledge and hands-on training. Our educators are experienced massage therapists with in-depth teacher training. Their many years of experience give them the ability to effectively bring you the knowledge and hands-on training needed to succeed as a massage therapist.

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Employment Opportunities: Careers In The Beauty Industry

Employment Opportunities: Careers In The Beauty Industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in “Beauty Shop”, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

What can you do with a cosmetology degree?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like REDKEN, L’Oréal, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!
  • Become a REDKEN Artist.
  • Be your own boss by renting a styling suite or booth. You can set your own hours, prices, etc…
  • And the obvious – you can go to work at the salon of your choice, and make the world beautiful.

A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today!  Take a virtual tour , request more information, or give us a call at 701-478-1772.



A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!


The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologistshairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to a fun career in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program!

Take a virtual tour or give us a call at 701-478-1772

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Loving Heart Scholarship Awarded To Jennifer Ernst

Loving Heart Scholarship Awarded To Jennifer Ernst

Bonnie Ellingson

The Loving Heart Scholarship is a personal honorarium awarded from the owners of The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo, ND out of respect and devotion for their loving mother, Bonnie Ellingson, who passed away in 2013. This scholarship celebrates the loving, caring, giving life of Bonnie, and in her memory is officially awarded close to Mother’s Day each year.


Jennifer applied for the Loving Heart Scholarship before enrolling at The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo. She started in the Cosmetology Program on February 24th, 2020 and currently has a running grade of 98.17 with a 107.36% attendance record (she has taken advantage of all possible extra hour opportunities).  Her progress is very good and we feel she will be a star in the field. 
Jennifer Ernst
Jennifer is an amazing example of how far hard work and perseverance can take you in life. Her maturity level is far beyond that of most people her age. She has supported herself since before completing high school, and has many accomplishments to be very proud of. We are honored to have Jennifer and so many other hard-working students enrolled at TSPA!
For more information about scholarships available to TSPA Fargo students, visit tspafargo.com/contact-us/scholarships/

Congratulations Jennifer! The TSPA family is proud of you!

Jodi Brown, Jennifer Ernst, Jill Krahn

Moving Forward Safely

Guest Guidelines:

  • If you are experiencing any fever, cough, sore throat, have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or have traveled to any pandemic “hot spots” in the last 14 days – please reschedule your appointment.
  • If you would prefer to check in from your car, please call 701-451-9100. We will call you when your student service provider is ready to take you for your appointment.
  • You are welcome to check in at our front desk and wait in our waiting area, but please follow our social distancing protocol allowing 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • We ask that only one guest enter our building for each appointment. Please do not bring anyone with you.
  • Please wear a mask when entering our building, and sanitize your hands at one of our touchless sanitizer stations. We will provide a face shield for services requiring their use.
  • Our sanitation protocol will be shared with each guest to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • We are booking time between each guest for sanitization of work areas and tools.
  • Our guests have all been on hold for 6 weeks, which has led to a busy schedule. We ask you to call ahead and book your appointment right away at 701-451-9100.
  • we are utilizing level 1 grade sanitizers with a 30 second kill rate.
  • Due to the pandemic we will not be able to accept any product returns at this time.

We truly appreciate all of our guests, and your patience and cooperation in this transition to the “New Normal”. Together we can move forward safely.

Helping Our Students During Difficult Times

Helping Our Students During Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people in many ways. When businesses and schools began closing to slow the spread, we began planning ways to help our students not only to continue learning, but also to provide as many necessities as possible.

Many of our students rely on part-time jobs in the restaurant industry and other industries forced to close during the pandemic. As we all know, loss of income can be very scary. We all appreciate government programs put in place to help those financially affected by COVID-19, but we also know the waiting period was compounded by the large number of unemployment applications and CARES applications. CARES is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help fund public education.

We knew many of our students would be fine during the waiting period since they were able to move in with parents or relatives, but there were a number who did not have that option. We decided to have several food drives to help students in need. Our staff and owners donated food and every student that needed help was taken care of.

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

At The Salon Professional Academy, all students from our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology programs receive an iPad on their first day of class. We use iPads for classroom lessons, career specific aps, and in times of emergency we use them for distance learning.

Schools across the world have closed their doors either voluntarily or by mandate. We all agree this was a must, to ensure the safety and health of our students and their families. For those who were prepared, teaching and learning did not end.

We have very extensive distance curriculum in place for times like the global pandemic we are all currently dealing with. Rather than have our students put their education on hold, we feel it is extremely important to continue teaching and learning.

When searching for the Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy or Nail Technology academy that best fits your needs, remember to find out which schools offer distance learning during times of emergency.


We hope you are all safe, healthy and doing your part to slow the spread!

What You Can Do To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19

What You Can Do To Slow The Spread

Credit: White House

These recommendations are aimed at helping slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

Today’s guidelines build on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s general recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time, covering your cough into your elbow, and wiping down surfaces in the home, the car and at work often.

For more information go to Coronavirus.gov.

TSPA Fargo Wins REDKEN Diamond Award

TSPA Fargo Wins REDKEN Diamond Award

The REDKEN Diamond Prestige Award is the highest honor an academy can receive. The award is based on scoring in 39 categories related to quality of education, facility, staff and several other factors that are key to providing  high quality education in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

We couldn’t achieve this level without our amazing students, staff, guests and community! We are blessed to serve a community that values education and career training. Our goal is to provide the highest level of education and experience to each student that puts their faith in us to guide them to a rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry.

We are so proud of our graduates and their amazing career accomplishments! Their dedication to help guests look and feel their best is truly heart warming.

Only 4 of nearly 2,000 academies have won the Diamond Award, and we are beyond thrilled to be one of them!

Nail Technician Job Outlook Continues to be Strong

Nail Technician Job Outlook Continues to be Strong

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10.1 percent employment growth for nail technicians between 2018 and 2028. In that period, an estimated 15,700 jobs should open up.

Manicures and pedicures are one of the few luxuries some women and men can’t live without. It’s no wonder, then, that the U.S. market for nail services saw revenues of about $8.4 billion in 2018, according to statistics company Statista.

Nail technicians provide nail services to customers at salons, spas and barber shops, while some technicians operate their own business. Nail techs clean, file, trim, polish and repair fingernails and toenails. They discuss treatments with clients, such as applying artificial nails or moisturizing hands and feet, and sell additional services and products.

To encourage repeat customer visits, manicurists and pedicurists must also have excellent customer service skills and listen to the client’s needs – including personal problems and juicy gossip – so being a “people person” is a must.


Nail Technicians rank #7 in Best Social Services Jobs. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors.

  • #7

    in Best Social Services Jobs

  • #10

    in Best Jobs Without A College Degree

How to Become a Nail Technician?

Nail technicians are required to complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program. Most areas have a local cosmetology school or offer trade classes in personal care. In the Fargo – Moorhead area, The Salon Professional Academy offers a part-time program which allows you to keep your day-job while you learn. Training programs include courses on the tools and products used to provide manicures and pedicures, identifying skin and nail disorders, disinfecting techniques and sanitation.

After completing the program, nail technicians must take written and practical exams to get a license through their state board, which all states require except Connecticut. Applicants for licensure must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Interested in becoming a Nail Technician? Learn More