To be licensed in the state of Alabama as an esthetician, you must complete a program for esthetics with a registered (check if an online school is acceptable for all or part of your credit — you could save money) or licensed school of cosmetology or schools of esthetics. Alabama’s licensing requirement states that you must have at least 1000 hours of training.
The other alternative is to complete a formal apprenticeship program with supervision under a licensed esthetician. You can apply for your apprenticeship by filling out an apprentice application and sending it to the Board. The Board requires that the applicant has at least 2000 hours of supervised study.
After you complete your apprenticeship or a formal educational program, you’re required to apply for licensing with the AL Board. You’ll be notified by the Board if your application was approved, and then you can take the written exam. But first, you need to find somewhere to learn… enter your ZIP below to find the closest schools:
Required Exams for Licensing in Alabama
You must score with a percentage of 70% or higher. The test takes about 90 minutes too, and there’s more information available for the written exam if you read the bulletin for candidate information.
Once you’ve completed the written exam, you can make an appointment for the practical exam. You will receive a notice of the practical admission 10 days before your exam takes place. Be sure to bring your ID, current passport with photo, and you’re admission notice. You’re also required to bring all the supplies you’ll need to take the exam. Again, more information is available by reading the bulletin for candidate information.
Keeping Your License
In the State of Alabama, once you obtain your license as an esthetician, you have to renew it by submitting for renewal biennially every 2 years on your month of birth and odd-numbered year. Alabama does not need any other requirements for keeping your esthetics license other than this renewal process, but it is never a bad idea to seek refresher courses and to expand your knowledge and skill set.
Also, look at our page about medical esthetics to get an idea of that aspect of the training. It can pay a lot more and be more fulfilling in that you are making an even bigger difference in people’s appearance and well-being.
Some Esthetician Schools in Alabama
|Gadsden State Community College||1801 Coleman Road Anniston, 36207||$10,700||Salon and Spa Management|
|Aveda Institute Birmingham||3200 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, 35244||$14,700||Cosmetology|
|Blue Cliff Career College||2970 Cottage Hill Road Number 175, Mobile, 36606||$14,100||Cosmetology, Massage Therapy|
|University Academy of Hair Design||3400 McFarland Boulevard Number 3, Northport, 35476,||$11,700||Cosmetology|
|Virginia College||2021 Drake Avenue SouthWest Huntsville, 35801||$14,400||Therapeutic Massage, Cosmetology|
|St John's School Of Esthetics||7525 Memorial Parkway SouthWest|
LEARN School of Esthetics & Medical Esthetics – Decatur
Skinactics School Of Aesthetics – Birmingham
Premiere Institute of Beauty and Wellness – Center Point
Alabama esthetician exam info – pdf.
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Photo: Birmingham, AL downtown by John Morse [CC 3.0]