The states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey require all estheticians to earn a license prior to practicing their trade in a salon or spa. This license ensures that all practicing estheticians have met the minimum requirements as determined by the state’s cosmetology board. Each state has different requirements for administering professional licenses, meaning that an esthetician license is only applicable in the state where it is earned. Estheticians who wish to seek employment in another state will need to reapply for a new license.
Both the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology and the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology require estheticians to complete 300 hours of esthetics training at a state-approved school. If education was earned out of state, applicants will need to submit their curriculum for review to ensure that the educational experience meets the state’s guidelines. After successfully completing an approved esthetics course, applicants must register to take the state board exam, which consists of both theory and practical exam components. The state will only grant a professional license after an applicant successfully completes the state exam.
In New Jersey, an aspiring esthetician must complete at least 600 hours of coursework in a state-approved program prior to applying for an esthetician license. Again, if the education wasn’t earned in New Jersey, you’ll need to submit information on the school you attended and the program of study to the State Board of Cosmetologists. If your education is accepted, you will be permitted to register for the state exam. The exam is similar to those found in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, with both written and practical components. Those individuals who pass the test with a score of 75 or above will receive their esthetician license and be permitted to practice esthetics within the state.