Pennsylvania is experiencing a boom in the beauty industry and esthetician schools. This could be because of an increase in cosmetology in the country but is likely also due to the California movie industry’s interest in the state over the last few years.

If working on celebrities and film sets appeals to you, but you don’t have time to fit film school into your life, you may consider a job as a skin care or makeup specialist.

Pennsylvania’s esthetics schools are flexible, and the result is a rewarding career either in salons, on movie sets, or even helping cancer patients. Read on to see how to get started!

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How Many Hours Will It Take To Complete Esthetician Schooling in PA?

The great thing about the state’s skin care classes is they are designed to be flexible and work within your schedule. You do need to be at least 16 years of age, with at least a 10th-grade education. Your course should cover 300 hours, half of which are practical work on facial treatment and makeup.

You will also study the scientific principles of skin treatments and professional practices to help you grow your business, whether you choose to work freelance, operate out of a salon, or open your own.

How To Get Your PA Esthetician License

To get your license, you’ll need to take the Pennsylvania Board‘s combined theory/procedural skill exam. This is a 105-minute multiple-choice exam that covers everything from safety and sanitation to science and skin analysis to makeup application and removal. Once the state reviews your license, you will be issued your license.

If you are currently living in CT, HI, NJ, NM, RI, CO, FL, or UT, you are not able to apply for license reciprocity to work as a skin care specialist in Pennsylvania. You are required to apply for an initial PA license and take your Pennsylvania exams.

All other states have a reciprocity agreement. You can apply as long as you hold a current esthetician license in good standing in your home state, and have at least two years of work experience. Freelance work experience does not qualify you.

When To Renew Your PA Esthetician License

You will need to renew your license every two years. There is no continuing education requirement to renew, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh your knowledge, even if it is only with online esthetics classes.

What About Esthetician Jobs In Pennsylvania After You Graduate?

There are plenty of salons and spas in PA to build your skills and start your career. More and more independent and even Hollywood productions have been shot recently in Pennsylvania. The increase in the entertainment industry in Pennsylvania makes it a great place to pursue a career in makeup and skin care!

Many certified professionals go on to learn how to use laser equipment to treat clients. Learn about laser schools here.

Some Esthetician Schools in Pennsylvania

NameAddressCost Other Programs
North Hills Beauty Academy813 West View Park Drive, Pittsburgh, 15229UnknownCosmetology, Manicuring
Venus Beauty Academy600 Turner Industrial Way, Aston, 19014$5,540.40Cosmetology
Altoona Beauty School Inc1528 Valley View Boulevard, Altoona, 16602Tuition – $4,626.00
Room & Board – $324 (dependent) $1326 (independent)
Books & Supplies – $638.00
Cosmetology, Electrology, Nail Technology, Natural Hair
The Beauty Institute - Schwarzkopf Professional50 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, 19002UnknownCosmetology, Make Up Workshop, Barbering Workshop, Nail Technician Program
The Cosmetology Academy-Douglas Education Center369 Schoonmaker Avenue, Monessen, 15062UnknownCosmetology, Nail Technician
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute315A Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, 19147UnknownCosmetology

Chvasta Beauty Academy – Moontownship

Indiana Cosmetology Academy – Indiana

Nine Three One Beauty Academy – Philadelphia

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Allentown

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Ambler

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Philadelphia

Venus Beauty Academy – Aston

Venus Beauty Academy – Sharon Hill

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

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