Skin care is vital to overall health. And glowing, youthful skin makes us all feel beautiful. If you’re someone who loves the idea of a career making people more beautiful, you’re not alone. Becoming an esthetician in Oregon will take a lot of study at one of the great schools. This article will outline what you’ll need to be a certified skin care specialist in the state of Oregon.
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Education Requirements — Hours

The Oregon State Board of Cosmetology requires 500 hours of formal training and education in at least one of the many esthetician schools in Oregon. Because of the role skin care plays in your overall health, at least 150 hours of your training needs to be a safety and infection control course. After that, you can choose to specialize in a wide variety of techniques, including exfoliation, makeup artistry, facial and body waxing, and massaging. If you’re not able to devote the hours, you can also choose a competency-based school, which may be more intensive and offer more practical training without the hourly training program. First things first: find a school using your ZIP below:

Exam and License

Unlike many other states, Oregon does not require a practical exam. Your individual institution issues the practical exam instead. However, you are required to write the 90 minute written exam, and an exam on the Oregon Laws and Rules as they pertain to cosmetology. You’ll need 75% on both exams to pass.

If you fail, don’t worry you, can retake the exam. If you fail more than three times, you will need to wait 30 days.If you’re moving to Oregon and have an active license from an accredited school, you will need to write the exam, and pass the Laws and Rules exam for Oregon estheticians.

When you’ve passed your exams, you can apply for your licence through the Oregon Health Licensing Agency. Your school will need to send your transcripts, and you will need to send your passing scores, and the practitioner application, along with two forms of identification. Contact the Oregon Board if you chose a competency school, as they may require additional information.

Your license needs to be renewed every two years after it has been issued..You’ll receive notification before your license expires.

Work and Future Education

Oregon doesn’t require continuing education to renew your license, but it does offer a lot of options for specialization and growth. You may choose to become an advanced esthetician, with an extra 700 hours of an advanced curriculum, which might include anything from skin sciences, permanent hair reduction theory, advanced facial technique and more.

You may also opt for advanced laser therapy training, which will license you for skin rejuvenation, body contouring, and tattoo removal, and allow you to expand your practice, if you choose to open a salon of your own. On the medical side of things you can be go to Oregon esthetician school for medical or train to be an oncology aesthetician.

Skin care specialists are a growing field in Oregon, and there are plenty of places to find work. Studios and spas, particularly in the Portland area have expanded in recent years, and as you continue to develop training through advanced certification, or specialization, many medical centers offer opportunities for skin care specialists.. Whatever you choose, your future is undoubtedly bright!

Look at our esthetician classes page to get an idea what you’ll be studying.

Academy of Hair Design – Salem

Dalles Academy of Hair Design – The Dalles

Image Designers College of Cosmetology – Portland

Oregon Institute of Cosmetology – Medford

Pendleton College of Hair Design – Pendleton

Northwest College – Beaverton

Northwest College – Clackamas

Northwest College – Eugene

Northwest College – Hillsboro

Northwest College – Medford

Other Oregon schools for nail techs, barbers, and cosmetologists.

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Estheticians in the US – Schools by State

Schools for Estheticians in Canada

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