New Jersey has some great esthetician schools to choose from but do you know where its name came from? It was named by the British long ago and after one of the Channel Islands – named Jersey – between England and France. Now on to the how-to of getting your license…

Hoboken Harbour, NJ
Hoboken Harbour, NJ by Kai Schreiber [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New Jersey requires estheticians to be license. To get your license the first thing you need to do is enroll in a NJ cosmetology board recommended school. All such endorsed schools offer at least 600 hours of training as that is what is required before you are qualified to take exams. Costs vary, so does whether or not you can get medical esthetician training but one thing is certain: online skin care schools can only get you so far; some in-class training will be required.

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Once you are half way through your training you can get a student permit so that you can start working on actual people and hone your skills in an experiential setting.

There are two aspects to the 600-hour course: theoretical book learning and practical hands-on. The book/study supports the practical in that you need the theory part of your training in order to be the best you can at the practical side of skin care. You’ll learn topics such as anatomy, safety, NJ state laws, and makeup.

The NJ Aesthetics Licensing Exams

In the same way that there are two aspects to you training so there are also two types of tests you need to apply for and pass in order to become a fully certified esthetician in New Jersey.

The written exam will test you on the theoretical part of your studies. If you have applied yourself in your classes there should be no surprises as yuo will only be tested on things you learned in school.

Same with the practical exam: you will be tested only on things that you have learned in the course of your 600-hour program. It is important to not gloss over any part of your training but to pay attention as best you can and no miss any classes.


Once you’ve obtained your license you’ll need to renew it every two years. This is easy to do (though it does require a fee) and doesn’t required any continuing education credits though refresher courses or professional development is always a good idea. You could learn to be a laser technician and just broaden the scope of your skills with extra classes.

Working As An Esthetician In New Jersey

To get a job as a skin care specialist is usually not too difficult as estheticians are in demand in NJ. Your school will often support in your search for employment. You can also use job search sites such as to find info about your new career and salary.

Some Esthetician Schools in New Jersey

Name Address Cost Other Programs
Artistic Academy of Hair Design301 Gibraltar Drive, Suite 1A,
Morris Plains, 07950
Tuition: $7,800
Books and Supplies: $1,320
Registration: $100
Total: $9,220
Cutting Edge Academy 8 NJ-10, Succasunna, 07876Tuition:$7,800
Registration Fee:$175
Books and Supplies: $680
Termination Fee: $100
Total: $8,655
Barbering, Cosmetology, Manicuring
Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy801 Tilton Road, Northfield, 08225Tuition: $9,091
Books and Supplies: $1,175
Total: $10,266
Barbering, Cosmetology
P.B. Cosmetology Education Centre110 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, 08030Tuition:$8,235
Kit & Books:$1,265
Registration Fee:$200
Application Fee:$100
Total:$9,800 \
Barber, Cosmetology, Nail Design and many more
Robert Fiance Beauty Schools 5518 Bergenline Aveue, West New York, 07093UnknownCosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technology
The Salon Professional Academy4985 Stelton Road, South Plainfield, 07080UnknownCosmetology, Barbering

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