Esthetics/Skin Care

Esthetics is the one beauty specialty that can completely overhaul a customer’s appearance and make them look younger.

If you’re looking for a beauty career that allows you to spend plenty of time with your clients, put your problem-solving skills to work, and experiment with the latest technology in cosmetology, skin care is the specialty for you.

State License Requirements

Training is the biggest part of earning a WA esthetician license, so you should feel proud after graduating from a skin care program. Next, go to the Washington State Department of Licensing. After passing both licensing exams and proving that you have at least 750 hours of training, you may secure your esthetician license.

Education Details

If you are ready to explore the world of skin care, give yourself a running start by choosing a great school. The training you get affects your performance on licensing tests and your confidence with clients. Make the time to visit a variety of schools and find out where you feel at home. The state of Washington has several mandatory topics for skin care programs.

Required Training Topics: 

  • Skin compresses, massage, facials, wraps, masks, and exfoliation
  • Use of mechanical appliances and chemical compounds
  • Removal of superfluous hair with sugaring, chemicals, lotions, creams, tweezing, and waxing
  • Sanitation and disinfection
  • Skin disorders and diseases
  • Safety First aid
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

A licensing fee is required every 2 years to keep the license valid in the state of Washington.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

Across Washington, demand for skin care specialists is expected to increase 26% by the year 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for a skin care specialist is $41,120 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Working as an Esthetician

With esthetics training and a license, you can really focus on building a career that fits you. Some new estheticians work standard full-time hours at a spa or salon, using the spa’s reputation to build their customer base. Others work part-time to meet family obligations. If you want to make a go of self-employment, esthetics is definitely an option. Self-employed estheticians rent chairs or rooms at local beauty facilities or open their own spas.

State board Contact Information

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program
Seattle, WA 98124
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
PO Box 3856
Phone Number: 360-664-6626
Fax Number: 360-664-2550
E-mail Address:

The Washington State Department of Licensing can help with the entire process, as well as answer any other questions your have about obtaining a Washington cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Washington that interest you below,

Gene Juarez Academy

2222 South 314th Street,
Federal Way, WA 98003

Program: Cosmetology

Gene Juarez Academy

6007 A - 244th Street SW,
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Program: Cosmetology

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