Esthetics/Skin Care

Youth and beauty …two of the most sought after characteristics in the world. But even Ponce De Leon realized that age affects everyone eventually—that’s just one of the reasons that esthetics is one of the fastest-growing careers today.

People of all walks of life turn to estheticians to make their skin brighter, healthier, and softer. With the right credentials, you can spend your career working your magic on clients--making them look and feel youthful.

State License Requirements

When your training is done, you’ll demonstrate your competency with both a written exam and a skills exam. You register for your exams through the Alabama Board of Cosmetology. You must also pay a $195 licensing fee. Once you have passed both exams and received a license, you can get out there and start building your base of loyal clients.

Education Details

Whether you decide to attend a beauty school, a community college, or technical school, you need to complete at least 1000 hours of training to qualify for an AL esthetician license. Attending an approved school qualifies you to sit for your licensing exams, so be sure to ask about this when you contact schools.

Topics Covered at Alabama Esthetic Schools

  • Bacteriology and sanitation
  • Skin, cell, and tissues
  • Dermatology
  • Skin types and tones
  • Nutrition
  • Facial treatments
  • Massage
  • Facial analysis
  • Preparation of facial products
  • Hair removal, including depilatories, tweezing, and waxing
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Esthetics licenses in Alabama must be renewed every two years during odd-numbered years by the last day of your birth month. No continuing education hours are required for other standard beauty practitioner licenses in Alabama as long as your cosmetology license is renewed on time. If your license is expired for three or more years, you must re-take the practical exam. The cost is $80 to renew on time, or $130 if you are renewing late. Alabama recently began allowing online renewals.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

Skin care is an incredibly diverse field, so there’s a lot you may be able to do. Spas in Alabama focus on everything from skin care to massage, so you can work at a resort if that’s up your alley. Many hair salons also have dedicated esthetics services if that is more your style. If you develop your business savvy in esthetics, you may open your own spa or market yourself as an expert in waxing, anti-aging facial treatments, or skin tightening treatments at a plastic surgeon’s office. The options are vast, and depend only on how far you want to take your esthetics career.

Working as an Esthetician

Alabama’s skin care industry is growing, with job openings for skin care specialists expected to increase 11% by 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for estheticians in this state is $30,700 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

State board Contact Information

Alabama Board of Cosmetology
100 N. Union St., Suite 324
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone Number: 334-242-1918 or 1-800-815-7453
Fax Number: 334-242-1926

The Alabama State Board of Cosmetology 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 an Alabama state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Alabama that interest you below,

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Birmingham

3200 Riverchase Galleria,
Birmingham, AL 35244

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

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