A brief summary of esthetician schools and education is provided here.

Esthetician requirements vary by state.  Usually you must be at least 16-17 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED.  Estheticians must complete a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.  Most require esthetician school  training in the form of a certificate program or an associate's degree that prepares the student for any required licensing exam. 

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Esthetician schools include training offered by:

  • cosmetology schools
  • beauty schools
  • community colleges
  • esthetician training institutes
  • medical esthetician schools
  • vocational schools

There are some esthetician schools online where a portion of the non-hands on training may be satisfied. To learn more about  online esthetician schools and courses please visit the Online Esthetician Schools page on this site.

Program length varies, ranging from about 4 months to 12 months.  The clinical hours for these courses range from 250-1,500 hours, with most states requiring 600.  Prospective estheticians  should attend a reputable, state-approved school.

Different states have different minimum training requirements so check with your state for their requirements. The Associated Skin Care Professionals offers a State Regulation Guide, which includes the number of prerequisite hours required to complete a cosmetology program. According to O*Net Online, about 74% had some college but no degree, about 6% had an associate's degree, and the remainder had a high school diploma or equivalent.

According to O*Net Online, about 87% had a post secondary certificate, 10% had some college but no degree, about the remainder had an associate's degree.


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