Pennsylvania is experiencing a boom in the beauty industry. This could be because of an increase in cosmetology in the country, but is likely also due to Hollywood’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 esthetician 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!

Philadelphia skyline
Philadelphia skyline

Education Requirements At Esthetician Schools In Pennsylvania

The great thing about Pennsylvania’s esthetician 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 Your PA Skin Care 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, and 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 work experience. Freelance work experience does not qualify you.

When To Renew Your 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 classes.

What About Jobs After You Graduate?

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

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

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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