Online Training to Become an Esthetician

Find out about online esthetician training courses and in which programs they're most commonly offered. Get course descriptions, program info and online requirements to make an informed decision.

Essential Information

Estheticians maintain and improve clients' skin tone and texture through skin exfoliation, facials, deep cleansing treatments, makeup application and other skin care regimens. Many beauty, career and technical schools offer on-campus training programs for estheticians; a handful of these schools may offer their programs in hybrid format, which includes on-campus hands-on training and a combination of campus-based and online theory courses. Programs typically result in a certificate. Required hours of study vary by state but range from 250-1,200 hours, with an average requirement of 600 hours. Access to distance learning tools and courses requires students to meet specified computer hardware, software and Internet standards.

Online Availability Hybrid programs are rare
Online RequirementsSpecified hardware, software, and internet standards
In-Person RequirementsHands-on practice with clients in salon or beauty clinic

Esthetician Certificate

Though qualifications vary by state, most estheticians must complete a certificate or degree program and training hours to qualify for a mandatory state licensing exam. The exam consists of two parts: skin care theory and practical application. Upon successful completion of the exam, students become licensed estheticians.

Course Topics

Before actually working with clients, online students may take theory-based coursework in the following areas:

  • Body systems
  • Diseases
  • Business
  • Law
  • Sanitation

Career Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of skin care specialists, including estheticians, is expected to grow 12% from 2014-2024, which is slightly faster than average (www.bls.gov). The BLS also reported that skin care specialists earned a median annual income of $30,090 as of May 2015.

Continuing Education Information

Many states require estheticians to complete annual continuing education hours to maintain licensing. A number of online training options allow licensed estheticians to satisfy continuing education requirements in specialized topics such as anatomy, physiology, massage techniques and spa management skills.

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