Esthetics/Skin Care

From body wraps and mud facials to microdermabrasion and facial massage, esthetics is a diverse field that has tons of exciting opportunities for people like you.

With the right training from an Ohio school, you can offer a range of services to clients and build your reputation in the beauty industry.

State License Requirements

With your education behind you, you can apply for your Ohio esthetics license. The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology requires all applicants to have at least 600 hours of training from an approved beauty school as well as an additional 16 hours of training focused on Microdermabrasion. They process your application and put you through multiple licensing exams. From there, you are awarded your license and the freedom to practice esthetics in approved beauty settings.

Education Details

Of course, your first stop to a career as an esthetician is an Ohio beauty school. You can learn from esthetics instructors who have years of experience in this field. They show you how to interact with clients, perfect your skin care techniques, and use the right products for every service. Licensed Ohio schools are required to focus on the following subjects in their course outlines.

Topics Taught at OH Esthetic Schools

  • Bacteriology and infection control
  • Anatomy
  • Specialized skin care equipment
  • Massage
  • Chemistry of products
  • Skin care procedures and practices
  • Study of skin
  • Skin analysis
  • Makeup
  • Artificial lashes and extensions
  • Salon operations
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Ohio licenses must be renewed by January 31 of every odd-numbered year. It costs $30 to renew your license, and the board requires at least 8 hours of cosmetology continuing education classes per renewal period. Instructors must complete an additional 8 hours of Instructor-Only continuing education. One hour of continuing education must be dedicated to human trafficking. If the renewal is late, it's $75. If you get an independent contractor's license, the license is $60 if renewed on time, $105 if late. The original cost of the independent contractor's license is $75.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

Throughout Ohio, there are several opportunities for you to consider as they relate to estheticians. In fact, demand for estheticians is expected to increase 13% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for an Ohio esthetician is $37,500 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). As you learn more about this field, you can find career options that fit your skin care philosophy and career goals.

Working as an Esthetician

For example, you may work in a hair salon and offer treatments to those who are new to this side of the beauty industry. You may open your own skin care salon and focus on the latest technology, natural ingredients, or a specific type of service. The more training and experience you get, the more freedom you may have in your future career.

State board Contact Information

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
1929 Gateway Circle
Grove City, OH 43123
Phone Number: 614-466-3834
Fax Number: 614-644-6880
E-mail Address: or

The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology can answer additional questions about obtaining an Ohio cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Ohio that interest you below,

Elite School of Cosmetology

1165 E. Main St.,
Ashland, OH 44805

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Aveda Institute Columbus

889 Bethel Rd.,
Columbus, OH 43214

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Elite School of Cosmetology

175 Benedict Ave,
Norwalk, OH 44857

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Empire Beauty School - Cincinnati

8419 Colerain Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45239

Program: Cosmetology

Salon Institute - TIGI Creative School - Columbus Campus

50 Powell Road,
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Program: Cosmetology

Salon Institute - TIGI Creative School

3034 Wilford Drive,
Toledo, OH 43615

Program: Cosmetology

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