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Washington has a lot of good esthetician colleges… did you know that there are two educational programs for a promising esthetician to follow in order to receive licensure in Washington? Having two different pathways provides ample educational opportunities and locations. This career field is constantly growing therefore, you are likely to be employed rather quickly. Enter your ZIP below to see where you can train nearby to become a licensed WA esthetician.

Your first step is to select which one of the programs of study is better for you. Washington allows licensure after successfully completing 1,000 hours of formal coursework at an esthetics school or at a cosmotology college. The other choice is to achieve licensure through an apprenticeship. Each alternative ensures that you receive a state-approved education that prepares you for licensure tests and your career.

In Washington’s accredited program, you study different areas of esthetics. Skin care coursework consists of learning how to do facials, wraps, exfoliation, and use electrical devices effectively. In skin removal classes, you learn how to use waxing, sugaring, tweezing, threading, and lotions to safely remove unwanted hair. Sanitation procedures, storing chemicals, and first aid is part of the curriculum.

After successful completion of the esthetics curriculum and a referral from your instructor to the National Testing Network, you begin the licensure process by taking the National-Interstate Council on State Boards Cosmetology Exams. To begin the process, you register at Next, you schedule your written and practical exams. There is a fee for testing that you pay at this time. You prepare by reading the NIC Exam Preparation Guide and taking the written practice test.

After passing both exams, you need to apply for your license and pay the processing fee. A master esthetician license requires additional courses, training and testing. After achieving master licensure, you can train in more technological advanced treatments such as lasers, radio frequencies, and ultrasounds. Both types of licenses need to be renewed every two years.

Be sure to check out our school costs page so that you know what you’re getting yourself into financially.

American Beauty & Barber College – Tacoma

Anthony’s Beauty School – Seattle

Celebrity Beauty School and Salon – Tacoma

Char-Glo School of Beauty – Moses Lake

G P Institute of Cosmetology – Seattle

Gary Manuel AVEDA Institute – Seattle

International Beauty College – Seattle

Lacey Beauty College – Lacey

Lincoln Beauty School – Tacoma

Hair Academy – Moses Lake

Pacific Northwest Hair Academy – Port Hadlock

Sakie International College of Cosmetology – Yakima

Shelton Beauty & Barber – Shelton

Simply Couture Beauty College – Renton

Moda Hair Cafe & Day Spa – 538 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Eversmith Academy – 10 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Washington State Board

Licensing info for Washington state – pdf

More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list Washington schools for nail techs, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.

Estheticians in the US – Schools by State

Schools for Estheticians in Canada


Mount St. Helen's Washington
The famous Mt. St. Helen’s in Washington

School links:
Academy of Cosmetology – Richland

Academy of Hair Design – Wenatchee

Aesthetics Northwest Institute – Bellevue

BJ’s Beauty & Barber College – Tacoma

Bluestone Academy – Ellensburg

Cascade Beauty College – Renton

Clover Park Technical College – Tacoma

Elements University – Wenatchee

Euro Institute of Skin Care – Renton

Evergreen Beauty College – Bellevue, Everett, Renton

Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design – Spokane

Hair School – Port Angeles

Lucas Marc Academy – Richland

Paroba College – Everett

Spokane Community College – Spokane

Vancouver School of Beauty – Vancouver

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