Esthetics/Skin Care

Skin is prone to tons of problems, which makes it hard for the average person to keep their skin healthy, glowing, and smooth! Estheticians are the solution to this problem.

When you become a skin care specialist, you can learn all about the products, tools, machines, and chemicals used to fix dozens of skin issues. As a result, you can become an indispensable part of your clients’ beauty routines.

State License Requirements

There are two licensing exams you have to pass after completing your education: a written exam and a skills exam. The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board verifies your passing scores and your completion of at least 450 training hours. At that point, they award your Wisconsin esthetics license.

Education Details

So, how do you give yourself the best start in this industry? It all comes down to your training. The more you learn as a student, the more confident you may be when you start working on your own with customers. Below, you can find a comprehensive list of esthetics programs in Wisconsin. Compare multiple schools in your area and contact those that interest you. By contacting schools and talking to advisors, you can find a program that fits your schedule and learning style.

Required Courses and Subjects

  • Wisconsin laws and statutes
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Treatment protocols and techniques
  • Electricity, machines, and equipment
  • Makeup theory and application
  • Product chemistry
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 Wisconsin.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

On average, Wisconsin estheticians earn $35,260 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Working as an Esthetician

With an esthetics license, you have lots of career options to explore in Wisconsin. Are you looking for a traditional full-time job with hourly pay and benefits? You can apply for jobs at salons and spas, where you may provide a huge range of cutting-edge skin care services like aromatherapy, chemical peels, mud facials, and body wraps. If you want to strike out on your own as an entrepreneur, you can look into opening your own spa or renting a space at a local beauty salon. The more experience you get, the more opportunities you can explore.

State board Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address:

The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Wisconsin that interest you below,

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive,
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Aveda Institute Madison

353 East Campus Mall,
Madison, WI 53715

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Empire Beauty School- Milwaukee

5655 South 27th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Empire Beauty School - Green Bay

940 Hansen Road,
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

2310 W Court St.,
Janesville, WI 53548

Program: Cosmetology

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