California is one of the premium places in the world to study esthetics/skin care. There are so many colleges and schools that teach skin care and medical aesthetics that the standards are high because of competition.

California’s a Great Place To Do Your Training

Professional estheticians also have many possible job opportunities because of the entertainment industry and beauty-conscious population. Some of the training can even be done online.

It’s not hard to become an esthetician in CA. With persistence and dedication and attending a good school you will have your license in less than a year.

The first thing you need to do is attend an accredited school for the required training.

How Long Is The Training?

In CA 600 hours of classroom and practical training is the minimum mandated by the board that you need before being eligible to take exams.

Some of the things you will learn in classes and practice on fellow student and actual clients are: exfoliation, facials, makeup, depilation, microdermabrasion, etc. You will also be required to learn more academic subjects like anatomy and skin diseases and disorders.

Enter your ZIP below to see where you can train nearby to become a licensed CA esthetician.


Once you’ve completed your training you’ll need to pass exams and receive your license before gaining employment. All applicants must pay a fee that covers the exams and licensing fee and show that they have completed studies at a college or school.

What About The Exams?

Esthetician exams in California consist of a written test as well as a practical which you will need to do on the same day. The practical test will include sections on safety and sanitation, hair removal, massage, and facial masks and makeup.

… Keeping Your Hard-Won License

To keep your license current you must renew it every two years (it can be done online) on the same month during which it was issued. It is not necessary to take any refresher courses in order to get relicensed.

Getting a job with a good salary should not be too hard as there is a high demand for skilled skin care specialists. The best way to find work is through contacts but you can also look online for your job search.

Examples of California Esthetician Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Advanced Beauty Techs Academy2191 Sampson Avenue Suite Number 105
Corona, 92879
$12,825Cosmetology, Barber, Barber Cross, Manicuring
American Beauty Academy558 Main Street, Brawley, 92227$6,299.09Barbering, Barber Cross Over, Cosmetology, Manicuring
Career Academy of Beauty12471 Valley View Street, Garden Grove, 92845$8,825Cosmetology, Manicuring, Makeup Artistry & many more
Champion Institute of Cosmetology611 Palm Canyon Drive, Suite Number 205 Palm Springs, 92264$8,502.50Cosmetology, Manicuring
Citrus Heights Beauty College7518 Baird Way,
Citrus Heights, 95610
$10,080Cosmetology, Manicuring
Federico Career Colleges5660 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, 93710$15,281.45Barbering, Manicuring, Cosmetology, Advanced Education
Flair Beauty College23754 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia, 91355$6,900Barbering, Cosmetology, Manicuring
Hoss Lee Academy200 Whyte Avenue, Roseville, 95661$16,000Cosmetology
Institute of Beauty Culture325 East Betteravia Road
Santa Maria, 93458
$7,992.16Cosmetology, Manicure
Le Melange Academy of Hair931 Coombs Street, Napa, 94559$10,500.43Cosmetology, Manicuring

Bridges Academy of Beauty – Barstow

Citrus Community College – Glendora


Cosmetologist’s Academy of Beauty and Design – Turlock

Culver City Beauty College – Culver City

DeLoux Cosmetology – Fairfield

Flavio Beauty College Inc – Torrance

Thanh Le College School – Midway City

The Beauty World – Oakland

World Vision College of Cosmetology – Oakland

Hollywood Beauty College – Stockton

Marinello Schools of Beauty – North Hollywood – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – San Diego-Miramar – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – San Mateo – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – West Covina- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Victorville- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Chico- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Hemet- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Castro Valley- CLOSED

Bellus Academy – El Cajon, Poway

The Salon Professional Academy – San Jose

Yamano Beauty College – Los Angeles

San Francisco has several esthetics institutes
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Other schools for nail technicians, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.

More listings below…

Estheticians in the US – Schools by State

Schools for Estheticians in Canada

academyforsalonprofessionalsla.com

adrians.edu

abt.edu

rbcgps.com

americanbeautyacademy.com

avalon.edu

bellflowerbeautycollegelakewood.com

blakeaustincollege.edu

chdaschools.com

caofb.com

championcosmetology.com

chicobeautycollege.net

cintaaveda.edu

chbeautycollege.com

cosmobeautyacademy.edu

davidsacademyofbeauty.com

designsschool.edu

elitecosmetologyschool.edu

federico.edu

gofederico.com

flairbeautycollege.com

arnoldbeautycollege.com

hossleeacademy.com

instituteofbeautyculture.com

icbas.edu/esthetician/

icoc.edu

btyschool.com

James Albert School of Cosmetology – Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Rancho Cucamonga

lemelangeacademy.com

lurossacademy.com/aesthetician/

milaninstitute.edu

Newberry School of Beauty – Chatsworth

adrians.edu

palacebeautycollege.com

paulmitchell.edu

rbbeautycollege.com

rcofb.com

sfiec.edu

salonsuccessacademy.com

barber-beautycollege.com

hambeltonbeauty.com

Shoreline / Goodwill Industries – Santa Cruz

simi.tec.ca.us

thanhlecollege.com

The California Academy – Sacramento

cosmotekcollege.com

w-academy.com

waynescollegeofbeauty.com

wbi.edu

Zenzi’s Cosmetology Training Center for Hair, Skin, Makeup & Nails – San Francisco

Did we miss any California schools for the study of esthetics? Please contact us to let us know.