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NCEA Certified – National Credential Overview

NCEA Certified is the national credential awarded to a skin care professional that has met the competency standards as set-forth by NCEA. It represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States and adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.

The path to becoming NCEA Certified begins with knowing if you meet the candidate requirements. Complete the application with supporting documents, and submit for verification. Prepare for and take the Certification Exam. This entire program can be completed in as little as 4-6 weeks.


The path to get your NATIONAL ESTHETICIAN CERTIFICATIONNCEA Certified credential begins with

STEP 1 – ORDER 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.

STEP 2 – AUTHORIZATION-TO-TEST (ATT)  Schedule and pay* for your exam within 15 days of receipt.
*Not applicable if you used the $600 prepayment or Installment Plan Options

STEP 3 – CANDIDATE INFORMATION BULLETIN (CIB) A computer, internet and smartphone allow you to test at home in your jammies!


As part of completing your application you will study with the Training Manual which helps you to review your knowledge in preparation for the exam. The Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)  outlines the exam content, and provides some sample questions.