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Who Developed This Certification

NCEA members including individuals, associations and corporate members, all contributed to the development of the NCEA Certification through their participation at the NCEA meetings. These meetings were the catalyst to provide standards for the skin care industry. The development of the 1200-hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis was instrumental in providing the foundation for which the certification is based.

It is NCEA’s position that an esthetician upon completion of a 600 hour program should be able to perform and/or know the following job tasks:

1. Disinfection and Infection Control
2. Human Physiology and Anatomy
3. Skin Histology
4. Skin Diseases and Disorders
5. Hair and its Growth Cycle
6. Basic Chemistry
7. Cosmetic Ingredients
8. Factors that Affect the Skin
9. Skin Analysis and Procedures related to Consultation, Documentation, and Treatment
10.    Cleansing Procedures
11.    Towel Steaming Procedures
12.    Exfoliation Methods
13.    Safe and Proper Methods of Extractions
14.    Massage Movements and their Effects
15.    Contraindications for Massage
16.    Masks
17.    Electricity and Use of Electrical Equipment
18.    Methods of Hair Removal
19.    Color Theory and Makeup Application
20.    Advanced Sciences
21.    Scope of Practice/Regulatory Rules

And, upon completion of 1200 hour program (in addition to the above) the esthetician should be able to perform and/or know:

1. Skin Sciences
A. Skin Histology
•    Wound Healing
•    Wounding the Skin (Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion)
•    Phases/Stages of Wound Healing
•    Scar Reduction (Silicone Patch)
•    Contraindications
B. Anatomy & Physiology
C. Dermatological Disorders and Terminology
D. Health and Lifestyle
E. Skin Conditions
F. Classification Systems (Fitzpatrick, Glougau)
•    Treatment
G. Ingredient Technology

2. Professional Skin Treatments for Face and Body
A. Exfoliation
•    Microdermabrasion
•    Blading
•    Chemical Exfoliation
B. Laser Light
D. Ultrasound
E. Ultrasonic
F. Microcurrent
G. Body Treatment
H. Cellulite Treatment
•    Non-Invasive Form of Cellulite Treatments, Mechanical Cellulite Machines
I. Manual and Mechanical Lymphatic Drainage
J. Electrical Muscle Stimulation
K. Water Treatments

3. Hair Removal or Permanent Hair Reduction*
A. Laser Light Therapy

4. Medical Professional Interaction
A. Pre and Post Op Care, Modalities to Enhance Outcome
B. Medically Treated Conditions
C. Prescription Drugs/Over-the-Counter (OTCs)
D. Medical Terminology
E. Definitions of professionals and associations (trade shows and trade publications)
F. Additional Safety Considerations for Advanced Modalities
G. Cosmetic Procedures
•    Surgical Procedures
•    Non Surgical Procedures
Fillers and Nerve Blockers, legal use, differences

5. Business Management and Operations
A. Sales and Marketing
•    Marketing
•    Retailing
•    Industry Relations
•    Franchising
•    Business
•    Menu Development

B. Operations
•    Business Software
•    Record-keeping
•    Policies and Procedures Manual
•    Facility Layout
•    Equipment Purchasing (Leasing), Classification and Where to Learn
•    Product Purchasing
•    Research and Resourcing
•    Human Resources

C. Compliance and Safety
•    State Regulations/Scope of Practice
•    OSHA
BloodBorne Pathogen Act
Hazard Communications Standard
•    HIPPA
•    CDC
•    FDA
•    Protective Care, Client Consult and Consent
•    Liability
•    Insurance
•    Emergency Response/Action Plan
•    Risk Management
•    Emergency First Responder/First Aid
•    CPR/AED

6. Other Advanced Modalities*

* Basic Theoretical Knowledge