Esthetics cosmetology programs will feature core classes that will prepare a student for certification in both of these fields. Most states will require certification for both of these professions, which is done by the individual passing a state written and practical exam. Here we’ll take a look at the education options for esthetics cosmetology programs, as well as learn about the licensing and certification requirements.
Prospective estheticians and cosmetologists can learn their trade in beauty schools and community colleges. While certificate programs can prepare a student to meet licensing requirements, enrolling in a two year associate’s degree program will allow for them to take additional general education classes in math, computer applications and writing.
Other classwork will provide instruction on facials, hair coloring, makeup application, styling, coloring, scrubs and body wraps. Students will learn these techniques by way of lecture or by providing these services to clients during the clinical portion of a program.
There are also barbering degree programs available, for students who are interested in working primarily with male clientele, however, these programs are very rare.
What is an Esthetician?
An esthetician is also referred to as a skin care specialist and they will work by cleaning skin through skin exfoliation, facials, massage and aromatherapy. Estheticians will also analyze skin for problems, as well as provide hair removal services. They can also apply makeup and provide consultations for clients needing advice on effective skin care regimens. An esthetician can work in spas, fitness clubs, beauty salons and private practices.
A medical esthetician is a skin care specialist that will work with burn victims, cancer patients and other individuals that are suffering from health related issues. This type of esthetician will provide facials and other types of skin treatments to patients that have skin that’s been damaged by chemotherapy treatments, fires, surgery and other types of incidents. They’re also responsible for helping a patient to moisturize and cleanse their skin, in addition to choosing and applying the correct kind of makeup. For this position, employment can be found in reconstructive surgery centers, trauma centers, burn units and hospitals, or other types of medical facilities. This position is very competitive and having credentials as a cosmetologist will help you to stand out from other qualified applicants.
Certification and Licensing Information
To legally find employment as an esthetician, an individual will be required to complete a formal training program that also features cosmetology components. This type of education can come in the form of certificate, diploma or degree programs. Regardless of the type of program, the student will need to also complete practical training, in order to be eligible to take the certification exam. All states will require that personal appearance workers, such as cosmetologists, hair stylists and estheticians become licensed, and have their licensed renewed every three to four years.