Become a CE Provider

The NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) was formed to facilitate and supervise the continuing education requirements of the skin care professional for recertification and/or relicensure.

Since 2000, the National Coalition of Estheticians Association (NCEA) has been defining and conveying standards of practice, while educating the industry and the public. In May 2007, the National Esthetician Certification Program was launched. The NCEA Certified credential signifies the value and credibility for consumers in determining the expertise and training of an Esthetician.

Continuing Education (CEs) units are required to be maintained by NCEA Certified professionals, and some state regulatory boards also require CEs for relicensure.


  • Provide educational activities that will increase knowledge, skills and competency.
  • Provide local, regional, national and international accredited educational activities
  • Raise the standard of educational delivery methods. (in-person, online activities)
  • Utilize faculty disclosure(s) to improve quality of educational activities.
  • Provide state regulatory boards a quality accreditor for their licensee’s needs.

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Determine if you are a Single Education Activity (SEA) or a Provider Education Activity (PEA):

Single Education Activity (SEA)

A Single Education Activity shall be an educational program that will be provided once or ongoing by a single individual. Example: Individual educator.

Provider Education Activity (PEA)

A Provider Education Activity shall be an educational program that will be ongoing in a facility or provided at an industry event.

Example: Association meeting and/or educational conference.

NCEA COA Continuing Education Provider Statement

The NCEA Commission on Accreditation has approved this educational activity.

NCEA COA Submission of Documents

The application (with supporting documents) must be submitted electronically to the NCEA Commission on Accreditation office 60 calendar days prior to the date the activity is to be presented. Applications submitted later than the 90-day deadline will not be reviewed.

NCEA Continuing Education (CE) Approval

The NCEA CE approval is good for two (2) years from date of acceptance. (provided that no changes have occurred in the educational activity originally given approval) Within 90 days of expiration, a new application must be received to ensure CE activity credit. CEs cannot be awarded retroactively.

NCEA Provider Web Directory

NCEA Approved Providers will be provided with an online listing.

NCEA Continuing Education (CE)

A NCEA CE is 45 minutes of a learning activity, either classroom/theory or demonstration/practical, journal-based or web-based.

Determining NCEA CE

Minimum CE unit to be awarded is 1.0. After the first CE, no fractions of the 45-minute CE shall constitute a CE. For example, a 75 minute session will be calculated as 1.0 CE. No rounding up of minutes will be permitted. A 120 minute session will be calculated as 2.0 CE.

Time allowed for introductions, breaks and meals should not be included.

Table for determining CEs:

45 minutes = 1.0 90 minutes (1 hour, 30 minutes) = 2.0

135 minutes (2 hours, 15 minutes)= 3.0 180 minutes (3 hours) = 4.0

225 minutes (3 hours, 45 minutes)= 5.0 2 70 minutes (4 hours, 30 minutes) = 6.0

315 minutes( 5 hours, 15 minutes)= 7.0 360 minutes (6 hours) = 8.0

405 minutes (6 hours, 45 minutes)= 9.0


A NCEA CE Application is required to apply for NCEA CE approval of a continuing education program for either a Single Education Activity (SEA) or to obtain Provider Education Approval (PEA).

Application Fees

The application fees will assessed and links sent for payment.

NCEA Members     SEA $90         PEA $195

Non Members       SEA $170       PEA $370

Continuing Education Units

1- 5 CEs $175

6 – 12 CEs $275

13 – 20 CEs $375

21 – 30 CEs $475

31 – 50 CEs $575

51 – 70 CEs $675

71 - 90 CEs $775

91  or more CEs $875

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