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–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. 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


The path to get your National Esthetician Certification-NCEA Certified credential begins with your 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 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.


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 demonstrates your commitment to advancing competency standards and promoting the best possible outcomes to minimize consumer risk.

Completing Advanced Recertifications continues your knowledge journey, encompassing new technologies/services that will continually evolve in our profession. 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?


“The NCEA made getting my Master Esthetician License in Washington so uncomplicated. Being a member, getting my NCEA Certified credential will motivate me to continue my education.”

Regan Jordan-Carney

Licenses & Certifications

Online Proctored Examinations

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


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