You will need to complete at least 600 hours of in-school training in order to become qualified as an esthetician in Virginia. School cost will vary depending on the location and other factors, such as if the school is online or a medical esthetician school. You may be able to accumulate some of the required hours in an apprenticeship. 1200 hours of coursework will be needed in order to obtain a masters in esthetics.

Richmond, VA skyline
Richmond, VA skyline by Jim from Richmond, VA [CC BY-SA 2.0]

You can apply for the Virginia esthetics exam through the National Testing Network. If you are studying at a school, then you will be able to apply for the test online. The school will be able to report that you have completed all your training hours. Once your exam has been scheduled, then you can begin treating clients.

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Practical And Written Exams For Estheticians In Virginia

The pass mark for the written and practical exams is 75%.

The written exam will test your knowledge of esthetic practices as well as the rules and regulations that are specific to Virginia.

All of the information that you will need to know for your exam will be available in the candidate bulletin, so this should be read carefully.

You can use any technique you like as long as each step is performed safely and in a sanitary manner.

Your kit will need to fit under your workstation, and the candidate exam bulletin will have a checklist of the things you need. A clean mannequin head will be required.

The exam results will be available a week after the exam has been taken, and they can be accessed online.

Out-Of-State Licensees

A licensed esthetician from another state can transfer their license to Virginia as long as 80% of the required training hours have been met or you have been working full time in the industry for a period of longer than six months. If you need to get your license by endorsement, then you will need to submit your application and fee. Your certificate will also need to be sent to the Board from the licensing authority in the other state.

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Many skin care specialists start their own small business, so it is important to have a good knowledge of how to be your own boss. Most schools will help with that aspect of being an esthetician as well. If not, continuing education classes can definitely teach you about entrepreneurship.

Some Esthetician Schools in Virginia

NameAddressCost Other Programs
Avi Career Training10130 Colvin Run Road A, Great Falls, 22066$8,000Cosmetology, Permanent Cosmetic Tattooing
Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy11301 Sunset Hills Road, Suite A-5, Reston, 20190$9,300Make-up Artistry, Nail Technician, Massage Therapy, Master and Basic Esthetician
Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics3108 North Parham Road Suite 500 Henrico, 23294$9,900Master and Basic Esthetician
Steiner Institute of Esthetics at VASOM153 Zan Road
Charlottesville, 22901
$11,200Massage Therapy, Continuing Education
The Chrysm Institute of Esthetics281 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, 23462Tuition $9600
Application Fee $50
Textbooks $350
Student Kit $450
Esthetic Institute8381 Old Courthouse Road # 320, Vienna, 22182UnknownWax Technician, Nail Technician, Make Up Artistry

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