Esthetician Schools in Georgia

If you're considering becoming an esthetician, Georgia may be the perfect place to do it since jobs in the field are exploding in the state.

Browse our directory of esthetician schools in Georgia, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

Read on to learn about how to earn your esthetician license in Georgia, along with information on salary expectations in and around major cities such as Atlanta, Savannah, and Augusta. You will also learn about training programs, job prospects, and what to do if you are an esthetician coming to Georgia from another state.

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900 Flat Shoals Road Southeast
Conyers, GA 30094

(770) 922-7653
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

2450 Piedmont Road Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30324

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry

615 Ernest W Barrett Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry

7840 Roswell Road Building 500
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

1003 Mansell Road
Roswell, GA 30076

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5D Beauty Academy

3121 Maple Street
Atlanta, GA 30305

Albany Beauty Academy – Accredited

2231 Dawson Road Suites I & J
Albany, GA 31707

Athens Technical College

800 U.S. Highway 29 North
Athens, GA 30601

Atlanta Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

6088 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340

Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics

2 Dunwoody Park South Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30338

Atlanta School of Massage – Accredited

2 Dunwoody Park South Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30338

Beauty 21 Academy

113 Banks Station
Fayetteville, GA 30214

CEI Hair Schools

171 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

D'Most Beauty and Body Institute

1391 Veterans Memorial Highway Soutwest Suite 100
Mableton, GA 30126

Dalton Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology – Accredited

100 West Walnut Avenue
Dalton, GA 30720

Elaine Sterling Institute – Accredited

3393 Peachtree Road Northeast #1003B
Atlanta, GA 30326

Georgia Beauty School

4771 Britt Road
Norcross, GA 30093

Golden Razor Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

7209 Turner Lake Road
Covington, GA 30014

Hogan Institute of Cosmetology & Esthetics – Accredited

495 Indian Trail Road Northwest
Lilburn, GA 30047

K-Beauty School

3751 Venture Drive Suite 240
Duluth, GA 30096

Lanier Technical College

2535 Lanier Tech Drive
Gainesville, GA 30507

Lovett Beauty School – Accredited

5388 Jonesboro Road
Lake City, GA 30260

Lovett Beauty School

6057 Oakbrook Parkway
Norcross, GA 30093

Millennium Beauty Institute – Accredited

1300 Indian Trail Lilburn Road Suite 104
Norcross, GA 30093

NP Beauty Institute

192-B West Campground Road
McDonough, GA 30253

Premiere Beauty & Barber College

4193 Snapfinger Woods Drive
Decatur, GA 30035

Rivertown School of Beauty Barber Skin Care and Nails

4747 Hamilton Road Suite E
Columbus, GA 31904

S Nevaeh Beauty Academy

1214 North Columbia Avenue
Rincon, GA 31326

Savannah Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

405 Pennsylvania Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

Shearz Institute – Accredited

560 Thornton Road Suite 116-119
Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Southern Crescent Technical College

501 Varsity Road
Griffin, GA 30223

The Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2601 Deansbridge Road Suite B
Augusta, GA 30906

Touched By An Angel Beauty School

2807 Georgia 138
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Virtual Beauty Esthetics & Makeup School

368 West Pike Street Suite 204
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

West Georgia Technical College

176 Murphy Campus Boulevard
Waco, GA 30182
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Esthetician in Georgia

Georgia Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 1,000 education hours or 2,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 5 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in Georgia is $37,090 ($17.83/hour). This is lower than the national average of $37,300 ($17.30/hour).
  • There is a predicted 19% job increase between 2021–2031 for estheticians in Georgia. This is equal to the expected national growth in the sector.

Working as an esthetician means that you'll be performing a wide range of specialist skincare procedures and services for your clients.

If you want to become an esthetician in Georgia, there are several requirements you should meet before you can gain your license. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete a state-approved 1,000-hour esthetics program (or 2,000-hour apprenticeship)
  • Pass both a 110-minute practical exam and a 90-minute theoretical exam
  • Submit proof of citizenship
  • Apply for your license and pay an application fee of $30 plus a $10 processing fee
  • Pass the relevant criminal background checks

Esthetician Salary in Georgia and Projected Job Growth


Average yearly salary for esthetics in Georgia

On average, licensed estheticians in Georgia earn $37,090 annually or $17.83 per hour. Between 2021-2031, the esthetics industry is expected to grow in the state, with a predicted job increase of 19 percent.

However, this average covers a lot of ground in Georgia, from higher-cost big cities or vacation spots to more rural areas. Esthetician pay across the state varies from a low of $20,860 to a high of $61,760, depending on the level of experience you have, the cost of living in your area, and whether you have a dedicated client base who can pay more. For example, estheticians working in their own high-end salons or booths in large metropolitan areas can earn more than those working in smaller, more rural settings.

As of 2021, the highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Georgia are:

Metro/Nonmetropolitan Area 2021 Median Salary
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA $37,250
Savannah, GA $33,890
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC $28,970
Chattanooga, TN-GA $28,820
Columbus, GA-AL $23,990

Data from O*Net (2022)

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in Georgia

1,000 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

To work as an esthetician in Georgia, you must first gain your license. To do this, you need to attend a state-approved beauty school and complete at least 1,000 hours of training. You'll cover a wide variety of different topics, including:

  • Business Practices (80 hours)
  • Professional Ethics (20 hours)
  • Professional Practices (150 hours)
  • Body Treatments (70 hours)
  • Cleansing and Disinfecting Tools and Equipment (5 hours)
  • Facials (115 hours)
  • Hair Removal (75 hours)
  • Makeup (90 hours)
  • Salon and Spa Management (75 hours)
  • Sciences, such as histology, dermatology and physiology, and general theory (320 hours)

It isn't just practicing estheticians who must secure a license —esthetic schools and instructors must also their own licensing requirements, too. In addition to paying a $300 fee, schools must prove that they are legally compliant by submitting building blueprints, lists of the equipment, textbooks available, and copies of each instructor's license.

Just like regular estheticians, school licenses must be renewed every two years.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Georgia?

2,000 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

You can gain your esthetician's license in Georgia via an apprenticeship. To do this, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Complete 2,000 hours of training over 18 months under the supervision of a master esthetician who holds a current Georgia license and has been licensed for at least 36 months.
  • Apply for your license and pay a $90 fee.
  • Pass the relevant criminal background checks.

Apprentice permits may be held for two years and can be renewed one time only for an additional two years.

Georgia Esthetician Licensing Requirements

Once you've completed your training, you need to take and pass two state-approved esthetics exams. These are run by PSI Services, which has a number of locations across the United States. All PSI centers are equipped to provide access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and accommodations will be made to meet your needs.

You'll need to pass a 110-minute practical exam ($64) and a 90-minute theoretical exam ($45). Currently, the theory portion of the exam can be taken on a computer at an official testing center, but the practical portion must be done in person.

You can retake the exams an unlimited number of times while completing your schooling or apprenticeship. However, if you don't pass within your four years of eligibility, you must re-apply with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers. If you retake the exams, the fee remains the same.

On the day of your exam, you must arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your start time and bring two forms of ID with you.

During the practical test, you're required to bring your own kit. This must be appropriately labeled and kept closed, except for when you are removing or replacing materials for a service. When an original manufacturer's label is required, it must be in English, and cannot be handwritten.

The practical exam takes place in the following order:

  1. Setting up the work area and first client preparation
  2. Universal supplies
  3. Cleansing
  4. Exfoliating
  5. Setting up the work area and second client preparation
  6. Supplies (second client)
  7. Hair removal of the eyebrows
  8. Facial mask and conclusion of facial service
  9. Makeup
  10. Blood exposure
  11. Particle microdermabrasion

The theoretical exam is split as follows:

Scientific Concepts (55%)

  • Basic chemistry
  • Function and composition of hair
  • Human physiology and anatomy
  • Infection control
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology of the skin
  • Safety procedures
  • Skin disorders and diseases

Skin Care and Services (45%)

  • Client consultation and documentation
  • Client protection
  • Skin analysis
  • Contraindications for skin services
  • Treatment protocol
  • Cleansing
  • Steaming
  • Exfoliation
  • Massage
  • Methods of extraction
  • Masks
  • Conclusion of facial services
  • Electrical equipment
  • Makeup
  • Basic knowledge of other services, including facials, body treatments, eyelash and eyebrows, hair removal, and wellness programs

When you complete the exam, you'll be given your results immediately. To pass each exam, you must score at least 70 percent.

According to Georgia law, veterans may be eligible for the addition of five or ten points on their examination scores. You may also qualify for veterans' preference points if you were discharged for injury or illness incurred in the line of duty and for reimbursement of all or part of your examination fees.

Georgia Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

Georgia does not reciprocate licenses with any other state. That said, if you have your license from another state and are in good standing, you can apply for a Georgia license via an "Endorsement."

To do this, you'll need to submit the following:

  • A $75 application fee and a $10 processing fee
  • A notarized application
  • Other state licensure certification
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of a high school diploma or GED

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

5 Hours

Continuing education required

All esthetician licenses in Georgia must be renewed every two years. Officially, they must be renewed by August 31 of odd numbered years. You can renew your license online and pay a $45 fee.

The first time you renew your license, you aren't required to meet any continued education requirements, however, for every renewal after that, you must complete five hours of continuing education every two years.

If you don't renew your license, it passes into a lapsed-late renewal status for six months. After that, it'll become completely lapsed and will require an application for reinstatement. Practicing without an active license is illegal, so ensure you always renew yours on time.

Esthetician Specialties in Georgia

Georgia also offers licensure for esthetician instructors. This license is for those interested in training future estheticians in the state. To become one, you need to be a licensed esthetician with at least one year of experience, passing scores on the exams, a valid GA Master's License, and proof of citizenship.

Contact the Georgia State Board of Esthetics

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers

Resources for Estheticians in Georgia

Georgia Estheticians & Aesthetics, Specializing in the Art of Skin
Facebook group for professional Georgia estheticians.

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers
The board offers how-to guides, links to applications, exam information, and more.

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