Esthetics/Skin Care

In California, beauty is the name of the game. All over the state, cities are filled with spas and salons, offering the latest anti-aging skin care procedures and products.

Visitors and residents alike take care of their appearance with esthetic services.

Esthetician Schools in Los Angeles
State License Requirements

The licensing process is regulated by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. You have to submit proof of your training hours, then take written and skills based licensing exams. When submitting your application, you must pay a $115 licensing fee. Once you have passed your tests, you are licensed as a California esthetician.

Education Details

Licensed esthetician programs in CA require at least 600 hours of training, most of which consists of hands-on training. School curricula must touch on core topics to meet licensing guidelines.

Required Courses in California Esthetics Programs

  • Manual, electrical, and chemical facials
  • Facial masks
  • Laws and regulations
  • Health and safety:
    • Disinfection and sanitation
    • Anatomy and physiology
  • Hair removal, including tweezing, waxing, shaping, and depilatories
  • Makeup application
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

O*Net predicts a 16% boost in California skin care job openings between 2014 and 2024 (2016), and the average income for an esthetician in the state is $34,300 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as an Esthetician

California is known for its entertainment industry and its tourism, both of which increase the need for estheticians. The Hollywood entertainment industry is filled with high profile stars and executives with youthful, flawless skin. Beauty is essential to career survival in California, so why not tap into the career that brings that beauty to life? Even tourists to sunny California use their vacation time to relax and unwind with treatments that can shave years off of their looks. Whether you want to open your own salon, work alongside talented plastic surgeons, or rent a skin care room in an established spa or salon, California is full of options.

State board Contact Information

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
PO Box 944226
Sacramento, CA94244-2260
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Cosmetology Board Phone Number: 1-800-952-5210
Fax Number: 916-575-7281

The California State Board of Cosmetology is a valuable resource and can answer additional questions about obtaining a California state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in California that interest you below,

Avalon School of Cosmetology

2318 Central Avenue,
Alameda, CA 94501

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Milan Institute

2822 F Street,
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Newberry School of Beauty

16852 Devonshire Street,
Chatsworth, CA 91344

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

W Academy of Salon + Spa

520 San Ramon Valley Blvd,
Danville, CA 94526

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Bellus Academy- East San Diego County Campus

1073 East Main Street,
El Cajon, CA 92021

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Milan Institute of Cosmetology

47120 Dune Palms,
La Quinta, CA 92253

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Paul Mitchell the School Modesto

3100 Mchenry Ave,
Modesto, CA 95350

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Bellus Academy- North San Diego County Campus

13266 Poway Road,
Poway, CA 92064

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Blake Austin College Beauty Academy

1679 East Monte Vista Suite 200,
Vacaville, CA 95688

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Lu Ross Academy of Beauty & Health

470 East Thompson Boulevard,
Ventura, CA 93001

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Bellus Academy- South San Diego County Campus

970 Broadway,
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute - Los Angeles

10935 Weyburn Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Program: Cosmetology

Milan Institute - Merced

780 Loughborough Drive,
Merced, CA 95340

Program: Cosmetology