North Dakota has one of the fastest-growing beauty industries in the country. Whether you’re interested in a career in fashion or as a medical esthetician, ND might be the best place to learn the ins and outs of this rewarding career.

If you’re looking for a place to start, this article can offer you an overview of what to expect in terms of schools and educational requirements, all the way into the beginnings of your career.

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Education Requirements

There are no age limits on starting your career as an esthetician, but the state board requires that you have a high school diploma or equivalent. Your state approved esthetics program will be equal to a 600 hour course, mainly focusing on body treatments, hair removal and makeup, with some study in sterilization, sanitation and safety, and a section of the laws pertaining to North Dakota estheticians and beauty salons.

Getting Your License

Before getting your license you will need to schedule your written exam in the form of an online test distributed by PSI. Along with your written exam, you take a test on North Dakota Laws, covering the rules and regulations related to cosmetology.

You will then sit your practical exam. You should bring your own kit and a live model for the practical. You’ll be graded on client protection, sanitation and safety, as well as a variety of beauty and skin care techniques.

Once you have passed your exam, you’ll receive your license. If you hold an active valid license from another state, you may be eligible for license reciprocity. You need to provide proof of your high school education, your ID, and proof of training that includes 600 hours of education.

CE and Renewal Requirements

There are no continuing education requirements to renew your license in North Dakota. You will need to renew every two years, by December 31st, after your initial license, which is only good for the calendar year. Of course there is nothing wrong with upgrading your skills. You can learn about holistic esthetics at school, or even aesthetic care of cancer patients.

North Dakota Esthetician Job Opportunities

North Dakota is experiencing a boom in their esthetics industries, with an increase of about 24% expected in the next ten years. Especially in Bismark, there are plenty of jobs, thanks both to a growing beauty industry, and an aging population, which makes skin care treatments a particularly lucrative field. Between the opportunities for medical estheticians, and salons and spas in North Dakota, it is a great place to grow a career!

Also take a look at our laser schools page to get an idea of what that type of esthetician training is like.

List of Esthetician Schools in North Dakota

Josef’s School of Hair Design – Grand Forks, Fargo

JZ Trend Academy – Paul Mitchell Partner School – Bismarck

Did we miss any ND schools? Please contact us to let us know.

About estheticians and other beauty professionals in North Dakota – pdf.

Other North Dakota schools for nail techs, barbers, and cosmetologists.