To work as an esthetician, you must be appropriately licensed in the state you plan to work, therefore, esthetician training is required. The training requirements are generally measured in hours and should be achieved by attending a proper training facility, such as a beauty school. The hourly requirement actually varies state-by-state, so make sure you check with your state’s requirements before committing to a program.
Although every state is different, on average, 600 hours of study are required for a basic esthetician license. Many schools create a 4 month, full-time program to achieve the basic license. If you’re set on getting your master esthetician license, expect to take approximately 1200 hours of study, which is about 8 months, full-time. Make sure to check your state requirements, as some states require as low as 300 hours and others as many as 1600 hours (for a full apprenticeship).
Upon receiving licensing as an esthetician in your state, you may immediately begin work. In fact, many beauty schools have excellent job placement programs for esthetician students. Check with the school you plan to attend about job placement options and any affiliations they may have with local (or state-wide) salons, spas, medical offices or private practices.