Cosmetic Laser Technician Training and Education Program Information
Cosmetic laser technicians are aesthetic technicians who are trained to meet state-specific licensing requirements. Students get classroom and hands-on experience in all types of skin care treatments, including laser hair removal and therapy.
Aesthetic laser technician programs require didactic and practical education in the field, and many programs total about 100 hours of instruction. They are offered through vocational schools, private beauty schools and college continuing education programs. Students receive hands-on training working directly with the laser to remove hair or treat skin conditions such as veins or age spots.
Every state but Connecticut requires that skincare specialists hold a license. Individuals should check their state's licensing requirements before entering an aesthetic laser technician program. Licensing usually calls for completing an approved training program and passing competency examinations. Continuing education is generally required to renew the license.
- Program Levels in Aesthetic Laser Technician Programs: Licensing programs
- Prerequisites: Most programs require a previously earned degree in health and beauty fields; most states also require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Length of Program: Approximately 100 hours of instruction.
The coursework prepares students for certification through discussions on anatomy and histology of skin and laser biophysics. Students are also instructed on tissue and laser interactions, as well as safety precautions. Other topics covered include:
- Hair removal
- Skin tightening
- Wrinkle reduction
- Healthy skin including skin pathology
- Laser technology
- Vein treatments
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Due to an increased demand for skin treatments that promote wellness and deter aging, employment of skin care specialists was expected to increase by 40% from 2012-2022, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is much faster than average. The BLS also reported that the mean yearly wage for skin care specialists was $33,810 in May 2014 (www.bls.gov).
Continuing Education Information
Continuing education is available to cosmetologists trained in skin care and estheticians. It is normally a requirement to maintain licensure. Health care specialists trained in laser procedures may also complete certificate or degree programs to gain advanced experience in the field of skin care.