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October 24th - Philadelphia Convention Center, PA.  International Congress of Esthetics & Spa

                              International Congress of Esthetics & Spa - REGISTER NOW

                                      *Co-located with National Esthetic Teacher Training (NETT)


"I have taken a great many hours of continuing education since first being licensed as an esthetician. The information available in the NCEA Certification course surpasses anything else I have done. I am glad it is available and encourage everyone who is serious about their career to get nationally certified." Jane N. Dudik


"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

Become NCEA Certified by completing 3 STEPS. The path to becoming NCEA Certified begins with knowing if you meet the candidate requirements. Complete the application with supporting documents, and submit for verification. Prepare for and take the Certification Exam. This entire program can be completed in as little as 6-8 weeks.

STEP 1 - Purchase of the Training Manual is a mandatory first step. You must complete the six (6) Knowledge Reviews from the manual and attach to the Affidavit of Knowledge Review Completion.

STEP 2 - The Candidate Application and other supporting documents are then submitted for Records Verification. Once your records are verified you are then provided with the Authorization-to-Test email. (ATT)

STEP 3 - With your ATT, contact the Testing Call Center within 15 days of receipt and schedule to take your exam within 90 days!

The Training Manual 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.


Download Comparitive Analysis Report on CIDESCO, ITEC & NCEA  Here

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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