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NCEA offices ARE OPEN to schedule and provide online proctoring of the National Exam. The NCEA Association is managed remotely using cloud-based software and we are maintaining social distancing. Thank you for your concerns.

Please continue to use the EASED Candidate Application if your state has not completely re-opened.


The NCEA Certified credential is awarded to those who have met the advanced training standards equivalent to a Master Esthetician license. Attaining the National Esthetician Certification is the highest voluntary credential in the United States–raising 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.

“Because I have my NCEA Certified credential displayed in my office, on my website and business cards, my clients (and potential clients) know that I have gone above and beyond what my state license requires. I’m convinced that’s the reason I am successful!”– D. Buccola, San Diego, CA.


The path to get your National Esthetician Certification begins with purchasing the TRAINING MANUAL. Start the CANDIDATE APPLICATION requirements while working on the manual. In about 4-6 weeks, your Candidate Application should be ready to send in. After receiving your AUTHORIZATION-TO-TEST (ATT)  take your exam within 60 days in the comfort of your own home or office.

“Getting my NCEA National Certification separates me from other licensed professionals. It has taken my career to a new level and increased my earnings potential dramatically. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to get NCEA Certified.” – L. Taylor, Austin, TX.


Your NCEA Certified credential and NCEA Individual Membership need to be maintained in order for you to call yourself “NCEA Certified.” Every three years, you will need to re-certify to maintain your National Esthetician Certification. Learn more here

There can be no voice advocating for higher standards without you voluntarily maintaining your National Esthetician Certification! 


Membership in the NCEA Association has many benefits, but our primary mission is to help you PROTECT YOUR CAREER and EARNINGS POTENTIAL. We help our members stay informed of important changes in the industry and offer CONTINUING EDUCATION and NATIONAL CERTIFICATION that will increase your earnings potential and set the standard for our profession.


  • Provide educational activities that will 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 quality of educational activities.
  • To meet or exceed state regulatory board’s continuing education requirements for relicensure.
  • Provide state regulatory boards a quality commission on accreditation for skin care professionals.


When I found out that our profession had a National Esthetician Certification, I immediately wanted to get it! Just like lawyers, doctors and accountants, Estheticians now have the NCEA Certified credential and the Commission on Accreditation setting standards for continuing education. My clients understand what it means to be certified by our National Association. They know that I went above and beyond what my state license requires – WHY? Because I told them that the National Standard set by NCEA is competency-based on 1200-hours – that’s double what I received in school. I have both my NCEA Certified credential and my NCEA Membership certificate, proudly hanging in my reception area and I updated my website and social media. S.Hansen, Carmel, IN



Go to your LinkedIn Profile and under Licenses & Certification – search for NCEA Certified. Enter your Credential Issue and Expiration Date and your Credential ID.

Be sure to use these hashtags in all Social Media Posts

#NCEACertifiedAlumni #NCEACertified #NationalEstheticianCertification

Online Proctored Examinations

No more driving to a testing facility to sit for the National Esthetician Certification Exam! With a computer and a smart phone, you can test in the comfort of your home or office.