Starting your career as an esthetician means hours of study and knowledge of technology, chemicals, and anatomy that go way beyond makeup application. But it is an excellent career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that esthetician opportunities are growing by 40% over the next ten years.

Since there are fewer schools for estheticians, it’s a great place to start your career, with lots of opportunities for growth. But first, you’ll need to get your education at one of Vermont’s esthetics schools.

Burlington, VT
Burlington, VT by Dicky Hayward [CC BY 2.0]

Hours Required

In Vermont, you can choose between a dedicated school for esthetics or a beauty school that offers an esthetic certificate. In both cases, you’re required to have logged a total of 600 hours of coursework and training. If you specialize, you may be looking at up to 1,200 of spa therapy training. Depending on the course, school and specialization, your education will include practice in facials, eyebrow arching, makeup techniques, and exfoliation and mask therapy.

Once you’ve logged 200 hours of study, you can choose to complete 800-1,200 hours of an apprenticeship program. This approach is designed to help you get the same practical experience you’ll get in a course but fits easier into a schedule and may also allow you to get paid while you finish. For help finding a school close by, try your ZIP in the form below:

Exam and License

First of all, in case you don’t want to be a licensed pro but instead just want some general skin care education, you can try online videos and classes.

But, to be licensed, you need to have a high school education and be at least 18 years old. To sit your exams, you will also need to provide proof of your training and your ID. Exam info for VT esthetician candidates – pdf.

If you have a license from another state, you’ll need to provide proof of your current license and certification of exams. You’ll also need to provide proof of your GED. You’re also required to take an exam on Vermont’s regulations for barbers and cosmetologists. For more information on reciprocity licenses contact the State Board.

The written exam is 90 minutes long and covers chemistry, infection control, and other factors that affect the skin. You’ll need to score at least 75% to pass the exam. Your practical exam will be taken on a different day. You’ll need to bring your ID and proof of education and training, as well as your own kit and mannequin head.

Work and Continuing Education

If you get your license within 90 days of the renewal deadline, you are not required to renew until the next renewal period. Vermont does not require continuing education to keep your license current. You will be informed by the board when you need to renew your license, but after the first license, you will be licensed for two years.

Though Vermont isn’t yet known for its estheticians, it’s a state known for its nature resorts and ski and spa resorts. That means it’s a great place to build a career in esthetics and even medical aesthetics. You can check out the jobs section online at the Burlington Free Press website or apply at one of Vermont’s well-known lodges and resorts.

Also, take a look at our school costs page to get an idea of how much your training will be.

Esthetician Schools in Vermont

Name Address Cost Other Programs
O'Briens Aveda Institute400 Cornerstone Drive #220, Williston, 05495Application Fee $50
Enrollment Fee $150
Books/Materials $1000
Kit/Materials $1,200
Lab Coat Fee $50
Tuition $7,200
TOTAL $9,650
Cosmetology, Barbering

Academy of Cosmetology – North Bennington

The Salon Professional Academy – Williston

Did we miss any Vermont esthetics academies? Please contact us to let us know.

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