The term “Esthetician” may also be spelt “Aesthetician”, however, in the United States, the majority of states are using the spelling “Esthetician” and the National Coalition of Estheticians Association advocates for Esthetician spelling.
Most states have license requirements for Estheticians that range in training from 600 to 1250 hours; the average being 600-hours of training. In some states, a licensed “Cosmetologist” may also perform limited skin care services–but cannot call themselves an Esthetician.
The NCEA Certified credential is based upon a 1200-hour competency that includes Medical Esthetics, Risk Management, Advanced Skin Science, Business and Professional Ethics. The NCEA Certified credential represents the highest skin care standard available in the United States.
All Estheticians should have their state-issued license posted in the place of business, and in most states, there is also a requirement for a “Facility/Establishment License.” If the Esthetician has attained the National Esthetician Certification–NCEA Certified credential would also posted. You can search here to find a NCEA Certified Esthetician. This complimentary listing has to be authorized by the Esthetician, and in no way represents how many Estheticians in the United States are currently Nationally Certified.
Esthetician Licensing requirements are for the safety of the consumer above all else, and should an incident occur, the reporting process begins at the state licensing website. To find a licensing board in your state, you may visit our Facebook pages to find each state contact information here.