Minnesota winters can be tough on your skin. Keeping that skin healthy, and youthful looking is a full time job! Why not make it money-earning vocation by becoming an esthetician? A fully licensed esthetician can work as a makeup artist, medical skin care specialist, or in spas or salons.

Cultivating clients, and making people look and feel their best is a rewarding career path. And your first step is choosing among the schools.

St. Paul, Minnesota skyline
St. Paul, Minnesota skyline by AlexiusHoratius [CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How Many Hours Of Training Are Required in Minnesota Esthetician Schools?

In Minnesota, you’re required to study for 600 hours in a registered cosmetology school, or university esthetician program, before becoming a licensed esthetician. You’ll study everything from makeup application, anatomy, skin analysis, and customer service, and cosmetology laws so that you can master the basics of everything it takes to run your own salon, or work everywhere from a high end department store, luxury spa, or even medical or chiropractic office.

Getting Your MN Skin Care License

Before starting your career, you’ll need to be licensed by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. That means sitting two 90 minute exams.

One is a multiple choice written exam, and the second is a practical exercise exam. They should cover everything you learned in your course, and practical training.

The final test is the Law Exam, which covers all the sanitation requirements and licensing information you will need to work as a skin care specialist in the state.

Once you’ve passed your exams, you complete an application, pay your licensing fee, and provide a copy of your transcripts from high school, and your completed course hours, along with your exam scores. The MN board should then send you your license.

Transferring Your License to MN from Out-Of-State

If you’re looking into moving to Minnesota and working as an esthetician, there are things you need to do to apply for reciprocity and have your license approved with the state board. You must fill out and sign the Domestic Endorsement or Transfer Operator License Application. Pay the fee, submit verification from your previous institution, and proof of passing either a National or General Theory Examination and Practical Examination, with scores. You need to complete at least 600 hours of training to be licensed by the Minnesota state board.

How To Renew Your Esthetics License in MN

You will need to renew your license every three years. Your license is eligible for renewal as of ten weeks before it’s expiration date. The Minnesota board requires estheticians must complete four hours of continuing education throughout every renewal period. Three hours for health, safety and sanitation updates, and one for an update on Minnesota laws and rules. You may decide to pursue further education yourself, to stay up-to-date on technology, services and certifications, but that’s up to you!

Job Searching for Minnesota Estheticians

There are many opportunities for Minnesota estheticians. As you begin your career, you may choose work as a makeup artist, or in salons and massage parlors. Or you could choose work as a medical skin care specialist if you have the training. If you complete an instructor training course 38 hours or longer you can apply to become an esthetician instructor. And if you have 2700 hours experience, you can even apply to manage your own salon! Whatever path you choose, the future looks bright!

Central Beauty School – 538 Main Street South, Suite 110, Cambridge, MN 55008

Central Beauty School – Minneapolis

Nail Tech & Beauty School – 6993 35th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128

Pro-Image Beauty School – 759 North Milton Street, St Paul, MN 55104

Other Minnesota schools for nail techs, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.


School URLs:
aveda.edu

ccucollege.net

empire.edu

mnwest.edu

mcohd.com

nova-academy.com

pci-academy.com

ridgewater.edu

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