Why hire a NCEA Certified Professional?

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 average number of hours for Esthetician training in the United States is only 600-hours. A licensed cosmetologist has less than 250-hours of skin care training. The NCEA Certified credential is based upon a 1200-hour Esthetician training competency.  The credential is also used for endorsement of Estheticians moving state-to-state, for the Master Esthetician license endorsement in both Washington, District of Columbia. (Utah and Virginia are on a case-by-case basis.)

The Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists (SDSS) has passed a resolution that Estheticians working in the dermatology setting, should attain the NCEA Certified credential. Learn more about the SDSS and their mission by going to www.SDSS.tv

When a licensed esthetician becomes NCEA Certified, it means that the esthetician has, in addition to state licensure examinations:

  • Completed Six Knowledge Review sections on Ethics/Professionalism, Medical Professional Interaction, Client Care and Sciences of the Skin, Professional Treatments, Risk Management and Business.
  • Passed a rigorous computer-based examination administered by proctors at a third-party testing facility.

NCEA Certified Professionals are also members of the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations. (NCEA)



To verify a prospective employee is in good standing with their NCEA Certified credential - please use the Verification of Certification* form. Do NOT accept photocopies of a NCEA Certified certifcate as proof of credential.

* You will find the form under Step 1 - Certification Forms & Applications or click here