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The NCEA Certified credential is the National Certification for Estheticians, or other Licensed Professionals, who meet the advanced training standards as set-forth by the NCEA. It is equivalent to a 1200-hour licensing program. Becoming NCEA Certified represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States.

“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.

The training includes Medical Esthetics, Risk Management, Skin Science, Business and Professional Ethics. Certification and testing is key to increasing Esthetician licensing standards, increasing mobility of the professional state-to-state, and showing legislators and state regulatory boards on the need for higher licensing standards. Attaining the NCEA Certified credential encompasses NCEA’s mission to raise standards with national credentialing and continuing education accreditation.


Your NCEA Certified credential (and NCEA Membership certificate) should be nicely framed and on the wall in your establishment,… right? Have you noticed that the credential expiration date has come and gone? It’s never to late to renew and there is no better time than to start right now. Maintaining your professional liability insurance, CPR/AED/First Aid certifications, 12 units of COA-Approved continuing education, NCEA Membership, and your state license, are all part of the professionalism that encompasses being NCEA Certified.

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.


  • 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.


The NCEA guidance for industry standards, statute for certification, code of ethics and overall structure of the association represent values that are synonymous with the character and leadership of the top professionals in our industry. Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck


NEW Recertification Section released – “Introduction to Oncology Esthetics” for NCEA Certified credential holders that need to renew their National Esthetician Certification or for Estheticians that want to know more about helping others.
Be sure to check out NCEA’s other sections: Alternative Therapy, Laser & Light Therapy, Esthetic Technologies, & Medical Esthetics here


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.