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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 www.cosmetologywashington.com. 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
Licensing info for Washington state – pdf
Estheticians in the US – Schools by State
Schools for Estheticians in Canada
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
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