How long does certification take?

The entire program can be completed in as little as 4-6 weeks.

In preparing for your career, you realized that the day you stop learning, is the day you shouldn’t be doing what you are doing. Throughout this process, you will find out what you know, what you remember, and what you don’t know. Nothing in this national credentialing course should be beyond your ability to master. By allowing yourself the time to study, being patient with yourself and you  will be successful.

Here are some additional pointers:

Start now to identify any weaknesses in your current skills and knowledge.
Candidates often get discouraged in their ability to recall previously-learned knowledge that needs to be drawn upon for success. Be honest with yourself – you know whether or not you’ve understood the scientific basis for a treatment or the skin type classification characteristics. You know what areas you are confident in, and those that you are not. Begin immediately to revisit your basic understanding of the principles and this will build your foundation towards successful completion of this national credential.

Use each section’s Study Objectives & Self-Assessments to guide your learning.
Sometimes candidates rush through the sections believing that they don’t need to underline or highlight each Study Objective as they find it in the text. Skimming through the section and not checking their learning against the objective, can lead to difficulty in mastering future course materials. Taking the Sefl-Assessments quizzes will help to confirm that you are committing the new information to your long-term memory.

Discuss and question.
Whether attending a NCEA Approved Training Facility or working with a NCEA Trainer, the expectation of one-way learning often results in difficulties. Asking yourself the questions posed after each section Scenario is a skill in and of itself. You are not simply learning facts and skills, but developing the scientific basis from which to make your own opinion and come to a decision on a situation, i.e. identifying a precaution  or contraindication for treatment. Developing your own judgment skills is an essential tool for your success in today's skin care industry.

Use all the tools at your disposal.
The NCEA Certification Program utilizes NCEA Job Tasks that have been developed over several years. It is by far, the most comprehensive and diverse set of skills in the industry. Utilizing the manual as directed, attending NCEA Approved Training Facility or working with a NCEA Trainer,  all lead to successful learning. When a candidate has difficulty learning, more often than not, it’s because the candidate did not use all of the program materials available to them.

NCEA Trainers and Approved Training Facilities are excellent ways to develop a nurturing mentor relationship with your instructor, it also involves more interaction than a candidate using only the self-study method. Neither is better or worse, but one thing is for sure–you must recognize that it will take a commitment!

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