Helping Estheticians raise standards with national credentialing and continuing education accreditation.

Getting the National Esthetician Certification is the highest voluntary credential in the United States–helping to raise the standards of our profession beyond entry-level licensure. The NCEA Certified credential signifies the value and credibility for consumers in determining the expertise and training of an Esthetician. The NCEA Certified credentialing exam provides a standardized, valid, legally defensible exam using psychometric principles.

The NCEA continues to educate state regulatory boards and legislators (and other professionals). They need to know that the NCEA Certified credential’s competency-based exam evaluates the Esthetician’s skills and knowledge at a 1200-hour level. NCEA created this affordable pathway for endorsement and/or reciprocity, (exchanging your license) so you can move to another state with higher hours and get a license and/or Advanced or Master Esthetician License. 

The majority of states still only require about 600-hours (or less)of schooling in order to get a license. We now have over a dozen states that require more hours. (a good thing!) An Esthetician moving from a 600-hour license may be required to go back to school, even with years of work experience. (a bad thing!) We are losing Estheticians from this profession due to these roadblocks!

Many states are now recognizing in rule or law that the NCEA Certified credential can be used for equivalency, thereby allowing the Esthetician to exchange their license in that state. (and saving the Estheticians $$ from going back to school.) By ensuring the Esthetician’s competency through the NCEA Certified credential, a state regulatory board can meet their mission of protecting the consumer and keep Estheticians working in the profession they love.

To learn more about Certifications and why they make sense for your career, read this article published by INDEED here

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The path to get your National Esthetician Certification-NCEA Certified credential starts with  NCEA Individual Membership,  then choose your Payment Option under STEP 1. Start working on the  Candidate Application requirements while waiting for your NCEA Training Manual to arrive. Then get studying utilizing the Study Objectives, Self-Assessments and Knowledge Reviews in the interactive manual. In about 4–6 weeks, you should be ready to send in your application -  STEP 2. After receiving your Authorization-to-Test (ATT), take the online proctored Exam within 60 days in the comfort of your home or office. STEP 3. The speed at which you progress through the course will depend upon your time and completion of all candidate application requirements.

For a review eBook of the NCEA Training Manual click here



Getting the NCEA Certified credential is not a “one-and-done certification.” The National Esthetician Certification sets standards necessary for our profession's growth. These standards make us accountable for our decisions and actions while maintaining competency during our careers. Maintaining your NCEA Certified credential and NCEA Individual Membership demonstrates your commitment to advancing competency standards and promoting the best possible outcomes to minimize consumer risk.

Renewing your Certification every three years continues your knowledge journey, encompassing new technologies/services that will continually evolve in our profession. The NCEA created Advanced Study Sections so you can continue to your career advancement. Maintaining your NCEA Certified credential and NCEA Membership support ongoing advocacy to help raise standards for all Estheticians in the United States.


  • Provide educational activities to increase the skin care professional’s knowledge, skills, and competency.
  • Provide local, regional, national, and international accredited educational activities and learning opportunities.
  • Raise the standard of educational delivery methods and utilize faculty disclosure(s) to improve the quality of educational activities.
  • To meet or exceed the state regulatory board’s continuing education requirements for re-licensure.
  • Provide state regulatory boards with a quality commission on accreditation for skin care professionals.
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Why should an esthetician become NCEA certified?


“Getting the NCEA Certified credential has increased my confidence and knowledge. I joined the National Coalition of Estheticians Association because they support National Standards for all Estheticians. Raising consumer awareness of our profession is an important part of our growth and future, and being a part of NCEA is how we do it!" S.Adams, Chicago, IL.

Licenses & Certifications


Certifications are designated credentials earned by an individual to verify their legitimacy and competence to perform a job at a certain level. The NCEA Certified credential is based upon a 1200-hour Job Task Analysis performed at three geographic locations in the United States to determine what tasks are being performed on a national basis.

A Job Task Analysis is an essential step in developing a certification or licensure test that is legally defensible. By knowing what knowledge, skills, or abilities are most commonly used in a profession, helps to shape the pathway to standards. 

Why is a JTA so important for certification?
The fundamental goal of psychometrics is validity. The Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) then discuss the role of the certification in the profession, and establish high-level topics  that the certification exam should cover. 

Certifications vs. licensure
Professional certifications are typically earned through a professional organization or educational institution. If you find that credentialing is required by law before practicing your job, this is called licensure. Licensure is different than professional certification in that for one, it's required by law, as stated above, and it's also obtained through a state agency. In many cases, the processes to become certified strongly resemble the processes of becoming licensed, often only differing only in terms of legality.

Learn more about Advancing Your Career with Professional Certification here

What is a Job Task Analysis? Read this article by Assessment Systems


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