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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO COMPLETE THE NATIONAL ESTHETICIAN CERTIFICATION?
Depending on your study habits and available time, this entire program can be completed in as little as 4-6 weeks.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THE TRAINING MANUAL?
You can purchase here online or from a NCEA Approved Training Facility

DO I NEED TO BE FINISH ESTHETICIAN SCHOOL BEFORE I CAN SIT FOR THE NATIONAL ESTHETICIAN EXAM?
No, you do not. We do allow Esthetician Students to sit the National Esthetician Certification within 100 hours of graduating from their school. Upon passing of their state (or school exam certification), the student will be required to provide verification of licensure.

IF I FAIL THE EXAM, DO I GET ANOTHER CHANCE?
If you do not achieve a passing score of 75% or higher, and you want to have another chance to pass your national esthetician certification exam, then you must send a letter to the NCEA stating why you think you failed and what you have done to be better prepared to take the exam a second time. The exam fee for a 2nd attempt is $375.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MASTER ESTHETICIAN LICENSE AND THE NATIONAL ESTHETICIAN CERTIFICATION?
Master Esthetician
is a ” licensing/regulatory term” that is used in Washington, Utah, Virginia, District of Columbia. The NCEA Certified credential shows your clients (and prospective clients) that you went above and beyond your state licensing requirements.

Nationally Certified (by the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations) gives you the NCEA Certified credential  which is equivalent to a 1200-hour licensing program and represents the highest skin care credential in the United States. Most licensing programs on average are around 600 hours. So having the NCEA Certified credential is “higher” than most state hours requirements, therefore giving you the ability to apply for licensure in other states by “Endorsement.” (the process of getting your license in another state using your current license/credentials)

CAN I WORK IN ANY STATE ONCE I GET NATIONALLY CERTIFIED?
Unfortunately, the Constitution of the United States doesn’t allow for crossing of state lines and working in another state without their state-issued license. Every state has their own set of laws and rules that you must abide by. In order for you to work in another state, you would need to be endorsed by their state regulatory board for their “state license.

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL POINTERS ON STUDYING FOR THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAM
In preparing for your career, you realized that the day you stop learning, is the day you shouldn’t be doing what you are doing. Throughout this process, you will find out what you know, what you remember, and what you don’t know. Nothing in this national credentialing course should be beyond your ability to master. By allowing yourself the time to study, being patient with yourself and you  will be successful.

Start now to identify any weaknesses in your current skills and knowledge.
Candidates often get discouraged in their ability to recall previously-learned knowledge that needs to be drawn upon for success. Be honest with yourself – you know whether or not you’ve understood the scientific basis for a treatment or the skin type classification characteristics. You know what areas you are confident in, and those that you are not. Begin immediately to revisit your basic understanding of the principles and this will build your foundation towards successful completion of this national credential.

Use Each Section’s Study Objectives & Self-Assessments to Guide Your Learning
Sometimes candidates rush through the sections believing that they don’t need to underline or highlight each Study Objective as they find it in the text. Skimming through the section and not checking their learning against the objective, can lead to difficulty in mastering future course materials. Taking the Sefl-Assessments quizzes will help to confirm that you are committing the new information to your long-term memory.

Discuss and Question
Whether attending a NCEA Approved Training Facility or working with a NCEA Trainer, the expectation of one-way learning often results in difficulties. Asking yourself the questions posed after each section Scenario is a skill in and of itself. You are not simply learning facts and skills, but developing the scientific basis from which to make your own opinion and come to a decision on a situation, i.e. identifying a precaution  or contraindication for treatment. Developing your own judgment skills is an essential tool for your success in today’s skin care industry.

Use All the Tools at Your Disposal
The NCEA Certification Program utilizes NCEA Job Tasks that have been developed over several years. It is by far, the most comprehensive and diverse set of skills in the industry. Utilizing the manual as directed, attending NCEA Approved Training Facility or working with a NCEA Trainer,  all lead to successful learning. When a candidate has difficulty learning, more often than not, it’s because the candidate did not use all of the program materials available to them.

NCEA Trainers and Approved Training Facilities are excellent ways to develop a nurturing mentor relationship with your instructor, it also involves more interaction than a candidate using only the self-study method. Neither is better or worse, but one thing is for sure–you must recognize that it will take a commitment!