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Estheticians are skincare specialists that clean skin through exfoliation, massage, aromatherapy and facials. They might also consult clients about skin problems, temporarily remove hair, and apply make up. They work in resorts, beauty salons, spas, and fitness centers. If you want to begin your career as an esthetician in OH, you need to start with a formal education. Enter your ZIP below to see what schools are available, and come to an informed decision about where you’d like to study to become a licensed OH skin care specialist.


In Ohio, you must complete a program that provides 600 hours of training, in such topics as sanitation and bacteriology, anatomy, and massage. Once you have completed at least 50% of your base training at an approved school, the State of Ohio Board of Cosmetology allows you to begin practicing as an intern at a salon.

If you wish to complete an internship, you must submit an application to the Ohio Board. Also, read the Ohio Internship program enrollment information, keep track of your hours on the Student Internship Record of Hours form, and submit the final 600-hour esthetics Student-Internship Assessment Report.

Once you’ve graduated from esthetician school, the State of Ohio Board of Cosmetology will work with your school to schedule your licensing exam. The Board will issue you a temporary work permit that will allow you to work until the date of your exam; however, it will expire on that date that you are scheduled to take your exam.

In order to get your license, you must pass two different exams: a theory and a practical exam. The practical exam requires you to perform services on a mannequin such as set up and client protection, extractions, hair removal, and mask/massage. The written exam will require you to answer 110 multiple-choice questions, testing areas such as the principles of infection and esthetics procedures and practices.

Estheticians need to renew their license in odd-numbered years, and must have completed 8 hours of continuing education in that timeframe. If you are ready to be in charge of your earnings, use your creativity and people skills, then you can become an in-demand esthetician in the state of Ohio through formal training.

Also take a look at our medical esthetician training page to get an idea about whether you’d like to go further once you get your basic certificate.

Aveda Institute Columbus – Columbus

Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology – Dayton

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Cincinnati’s waterfront

Summit Salon Academy – Cincinnati

Brown Aveda Institute – Rocky River

More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list Ohio schools for nail techs, barbers, and cosmetologists.

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

Esthetician Practical Exam Tips pdf

More listings below…

Estheticians in the US – Schools by State

Schools for Estheticians in Canada


Brown Aveda Institute – Mentor

Casal Aveda Institute – Austintown

Miami-Jacobs Career College – Springboro

Summit Salon Academy – Perrysburg

Toledo Academy of Beauty Culture – Orego

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