Make this the year to become NCEA Certified!


Looking for something to do this summer
to advance your career?

"Using the study objectives after reading helped a lot. The training manual covers all materials, guidelines and knowledge needed to have a great career.
I feel I have a greater understanding of all aspects before jumping into techniques, services and the business." K.Torres

A Prep Class is an interactive study group that allows the candidate to further their knowledge development. Its an excellent way to "brush-up" on skills, develop a nurturing mentor relationship with the instructor, and provides more interaction than if the candidate only used the self-study method.

Utilizing the training manual format, the instructor will review study objectives and knowledge reviews, provide interactive verbal quizzes, and conclude the class with a sample written test. This sample test provides the candidate with an overview of how a test question will appear on the examination.

The Prep Class consists of 6 sections:

  • The Role and Characteristics of the NCEA Certified Professional
  • Client Care and Sciences of the Skin
  • Professional Treatments
  • Medical Professional Interaction
  • Risk Management
  • The Business of Skin Care

    Those who choose to become NCEA Certified do so for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Commitment to career and the industry
  • Desire to challenge skill level and knowledge base
  • Commitment to personal growth and continuous learning
  • A move to another state where the hours of training are higher than what they received in school
  • State endorsement/reciprocity requirement to attain advanced licensure

The reasons also vary with a person's age, longevity in the field, and future plans. An added benefit is that NCEA Certified estheticians on average, earn more than their non-certified counterparts. Those who are committed to personal growth are more likely to have the self confidence to seek increasing levels of responsibility and, therefore, higher incomes. Regardless of the reason–it’s a good investment in yourself! The NCEA Certified designation could mean the difference between getting or missing out on your next promotion or position. Certification better prepares the skin care professional for today's job market and helps you be better equipped to respond to the constantly changing demands and advances within our profession.


National Skin Care Certification Expands to 330+
Testing Sites in the United States and Canada

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) are pleased to announce that an expanded testing partnership in Canada now provides 30  more testing sites for NCEA Certified Candidates to take their exam.

In addition, further expansion with our US-based partner-Comira-has added testing sites so that all states now have the capabilities to meet the growing needs of the industry. Washington joins Utah, Alabama, Virginia, and the District of Columbia as the latest state to recognize the national certification as a way to obtain a Master Esthetician License.


NCEA Certified is the professional status awarded to a skin care professional that has met the competency standards as set-forth by NCEA's 1200 Hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis. It represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States and adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.



A Qualified NCEA Certified licensed esthetician means that the Candidate has passed the examination and upon submittal of required hours* to the NCEA, their credential will be issued.

*Each state will have different hours depending on license requirements.


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NCEA Certified Professionals may also be members of the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations.  

For additional information on attaining start with meeting the Candidate Application Requirements


 On Demand 24/7 Certification Prep Webinars - Click here  and then NCEA Certified Prep Webinars

I have found that these certification webinars have been very helpful. They have helped to refresh me on the things I know and helped me to learn what I didn't quite get when working on the knowledge reviews. Great work!
Ruth Light, Heritage College, Esthetics Instructor



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