Esthetics/Skin Care

Your skin is always glowing, everyone you know relies on you for product recommendations, and you fully believe that healthy skin is the key to beauty.

If this describes you, it sounds like you may be the right candidate for a Georgia esthetician license.

State License Requirements

Once your education is complete, you can apply to take your GA esthetician license exams. Passing scores on these exams, an approved application, and a $30 application fee may qualify you for licensure through the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers.

Education Details

Esthetics is a highly regulated part of the beauty industry, and you need to earn your license before you can start working in this field. In Georgia, that means getting at least 1000 hours of training at a licensed beauty school. To pass your licensing exams and meet state licensing requirements, you need to learn about specific topics in your training.

Required Esthetician Education Topics

  • Hygiene, safety, bacteriology, and disinfection
  • Business practices, ethics, laws, and statutes
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cleaning and disinfection of tools, implements, and equipment
  • Massage, Wraps and Cellulite treatment
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Facials
  • Makeup application
  • Hair removal
  • Spa management
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Georgia license renewal requirements differ between license types. Master cosmetologists must renew by March 31 of even-numbered years. Cosmetology instructors, esthetician instructors, nail technician instructors, and barber instructors must renew by June 30 of odd-numbered years. Estheticians and nail technicians must renew by August 31 of odd-numbered years. Barbers are expected to renew by December 31 of even-numbered years. During each two-year renewal period, you must complete 5 hours of continuing education.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The beauty industry is growing quickly in Georgia, so this is a great time to get started. O*Net anticipates a 15% increase in job openings for skin care specialists by the year 2024 (2016). On average, Georgia skin care specialists earn $30,120 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as an Esthetician

What’s your ideal work setting? Maybe you see yourself as a salon owner, providing services to clients while hiring staff and expanding your business. You may be interested in traditional employment options at Georgia salons and spas. If you have always wanted to explore self-employment options, you could rent a chair at a local spa and provide services to clients.

State board Contact Information

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone Number: 404-656-2881

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Georgia state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Georgia that interest you below, then request more information to get started.