Esthetician Schools in Oregon

This could be the perfect time to begin your esthetician career in Oregon. While the number of jobs nationwide is growing by 17%, the state expects esthetics to grow by 55% over the next decade! Browse our directory of esthetician schools in Oregon, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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1133 Northwest Wall Street Suite 102
Bend, OR 97703

(541) 797-6578

15115 Southwest Sequoia Parkway Suite 200
Portland, OR 97224

(503) 719-2688

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Advanced Skincare Training

127 Northeast 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

Aesthetics Institute - Portland

2245 Southeast Powell Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202

Aveda Institute Portland – Accredited

325 Northwest 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Beau Monde Academy of Barbering and Cosmetology – Accredited

2032 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232

Bella Institute School of Cosmetology

4650 Southwest Griffith Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005

College of Hair Design Careers – Accredited

1684 Clay Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97301

Klamath Community College

7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Lash Lab Pdx

3113 North Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97217

Nai Beauty Studio & Academy

11211 Southeast 82nd Avenue Suite U2
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Northwest College School of Beauty - Beaverton – Accredited

4200 Southwest Watson Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97005

Northwest College School of Beauty - Happy Valley – Accredited

8307 Southeast Monterey Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Northwest College School of Beauty - Hillsboro – Accredited

1049 Southwest Baseline Road Suite E
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Northwest College School of Beauty - Medford – Accredited

2241 Tower East
Medford, OR 97504

Northwest College School of Beauty - Springfield – Accredited

3150 Gateway Loop
Springfield, OR 97477

Phagans School of Beauty – Accredited

622 Lancaster Drive Northeast
Salem, OR 97301

Phagans School of Hair Design – Accredited

11860 Southeast 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Phagans' Beauty College – Accredited

1565 Southwest 53rd Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Phagans' Central Oregon Beauty College – Accredited

1310 Northeast Cushing Drive
Bend, OR 97701

Phagans' Grants Pass College of Beauty – Accredited

304 Northeast Agness Avenue Suite F
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Phagans' Medford Beauty School – Accredited

2320 Poplar Drive
Medford, OR 97504

Portland Beauty School

8230 Northeast Siskiyou Street 102
Portland, OR 97220

Portland School of Threading

5446 Southwest Coronado Street
Portland, OR 97219

Sage School of Massage & Esthetics

2855 Northwest Crossing Drive Suite 201
Bend, OR 97703

Summit Salon Academy - Portland – Accredited

8820 Southwest Center
Portland, OR 97223

Tanya's Beauty School

17175 Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway Suite A
Beaverton, OR 97003

The Salon Academy

8502 Southwest Main Street 400
Wilsonville, OR 97070
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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 Oregon

Oregon Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 444 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 5 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • Average salary for estheticians in Oregon is $48,290.
  • There is a predicted 55% job increase between 2020-2030 for estheticians.

The Oregon Board of Cosmetology oversees licensing for those who want to practice esthetics in Oregon.

To become an esthetician in Oregon, you must:

  • Be at least 18
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete an Oregon-approved esthetics program
  • Apply to take your certification exam in esthetics and pay your $30 application fee
  • Pass written and practical esthetician exams
  • Pay a $45 exam fee and take the Oregon Laws and Rules exam
  • Pay a $35 certification fee

Once you get your license, state law requires that it be posted so your clients can easily see it.

Oregon Esthetics Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetics in Oregon

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says Oregon estheticians averaged $48,290 ($23.22 hourly) in 2022. The top-earning 10% of estheticians in Oregon made $70,180 or more! Location, specialties, and experience affect pay.

The highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Oregon are:

Metro Area 2022 Median Salary
Bend-Redmond, OR $52,480
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $46,310
Medford, OR $42,880
Eugene, OR $37,570

Table information from O*Net (2023)

Oregon expects a massive esthetician job growth of 55% between 2020 and 2030. That's even more impressive when considering the national expectation of 17%!

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in Oregon

444 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

You need 444 hours of training to get your Oregon esthetics license. But, many schools bring the number up to 500 and refer to their graduates as "master estheticians."

Note: Some states have "master esthetician" as an official license. This Oregon job title might not perfectly transfer to another state.

While every program is unique, students can generally expect to learn about:

  • Addressing skin problems
  • Body wraps
  • Exfoliation
  • Eyelash services
  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Manual and chemical equipment
  • Massage techniques
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Safety
  • Sanitation
  • Skin analysis
  • Waxing

Esthetician laws, theories, and business practices should also be covered.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Oregon?

No, you can't get an Oregon esthetician license via apprenticeship. Instead, you need to go through an approved esthetician school or program.

Oregon Esthetician Licensing Requirements

Once you've completed training, you're ready for the next step: your certification exams. Oregon estheticians take written, practical, and Oregon Laws and Rules tests.

The written exam happens at the Oregon Health Licensing Office (HLO). Meanwhile, your practical exam happens at your state-approved esthetician school, usually before graduation.

If your school doesn't offer an approved practical exam, you may take it elsewhere.

You can complete your written exam on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday. Be prepared to pay your fees and show two forms of original identification when you arrive.

You get 90 minutes to complete your exam and may not bring any notes, books, or electronics into the exam area.

The Oregon Laws and Rules exam also lasts 90 minutes.

Not everyone passes on the first try. You can have up to six attempts before the Board of Cosmetology steps in to review whether you can retake the exam. If you don't pass your exams within two years of the initial application, you have to reapply and pay again.

The fees involved with certification are:

  • $30 application fee
  • $45 written field of practice exam fee
  • $45 Oregon Laws and Rules exam fee
  • $35 authorization to practice fee

If you need accommodations under the ADA, you must request those in writing. Your request and supporting documentation need to be turned in at least 30 days before your test.

After passing written exams (at least 75% on each) and paying fees, you're a licensed esthetician. In fact, your certification is likely to be in your hands that same day!

Oregon Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

If you want to move an esthetician license to Oregon from another state, you may be able to get reciprocity. But, you have to prove your license is in good standing.

You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Have your licensing state's regulatory body send licensure verification to the HLO
  • Fill out an Affidavit of Licensure form and mail it to the HLO or deliver it in person.

The HLO decides if your license is equivalent to Oregon's. Even if it is, you need to take the Oregon Laws and Rules test. Your fee for authorization to practice by reciprocity is $65.

If you were in the military and were able to train in esthetics, you could also be eligible for reciprocity.

Esthetician vs. Master Esthetician vs. Advanced Esthetician Training in Oregon

Confusingly, in Oregon, some schools offering basic esthetics training call their programs "master esthetician" programs. However, this does not refer or lead to a more advanced license, and no experience as an esthetician is necessary to enter such a master esthetician program (basic esthetician program) in Oregon.

The state of Oregon does recognize an “advanced esthetician” licensure that requires additional training after obtaining your basic esthetician license—this is what most would consider a true master esthetician track. Oregon’s advanced esthetician designation allows graduates to perform advanced procedures most estheticians can't. These advanced procedures include using lasers or other devices to perform services such as tattoo removal, body contouring, microneedling, or chemical peels.

In other states, much of what is included in Oregon’s advanced esthetician designation might be closer to "medical esthetician" work.

If you want to become an advanced esthetician in Oregon, you need a basic Oregon esthetician license first. Then, you can begin an approved advanced esthetician program of at least 500 hours before applying for the advanced esthetician license.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

5 Hours

Continuing education required

You must renew your license every two years, on the last day of your certification month. In other words, if you got your license in mid-May of 2023, it would be due for renewal by May 31, 2025. Your renewal fee is $65.

The HLO mails renewal applications about six weeks before expiration. So, remembering this schedule isn't totally on your shoulders.

If you don't renew on time, you have a three-year window in which to get your license back via renewal and late fees alone.

Contact the Oregon State Board of Esthetics

Health Licensing Office

Resources for Estheticians in Oregon

Oregon Esthetics
This group was created to help Oregon estheticians share resources and information.

Oregon Esthetician Network
This is a community of Oregon estheticians who work in the spa and bodywork industry. It's designed to help promote the industry, support networking efforts, and more.

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