Maryland Esthetician License

Estheticians are professionals involved in the non medical care of the skin. An esthetician has deep knowledge about the various treatment options available to keep the skin healthy and attractive. The job of an esthetician includes cleansing the skin with waster and cream, chemical peeling of the skin to reduce wrinkles and spots, advising clients about make up styles and coloring, removing facial and body hair using wax treatment, giving manicures and pedicures, doing facial massages and other simple procedures like blackhead extraction, selecting and applying cosmetic products, collaborating with dermatologists and plastic surgeons to provide pre operative and post operative care to patients etc.

In order to become an esthetician one must first get a high school diploma and then complete a school or college training program in esthetics. Those who desire a clinical or occupational placement must also possess standard First Aid and CPR Level ‘A. Sometimes persons who don’t possess the necessary qualification may also get admission if evidence of probable success can be established. The training program includes make-up and application technique, skin care and facials, manicures and pedicures, color consultation, unwanted hair removal, eyebrow shaping, eyelash tinting and specialized skin care. Additional programs can also be taken in the field of spa services, salon management, product sales, product development, salon ownership etc. Learning methods include both independent study and through practical.

A full time program may take anything from one year to two year for completion. After completion of the course one must obtain an esthetician license and then start to work in the field of hair cutting, hair coloring and design, salon management and ownership, spa services, manicuring and pedicuring, product sales and developments. The salary of an esthetician depends on the place of work, whether the job is commission based or salaried and also the level of one’s education and experience. The salary is always lower at the entry level with some estheticians starting off as low as $20k per year. An experienced esthetician working in an elite salon can expect to make up to $60k or more a year.

Licensing requirements for estheticians differ according to the state where they choose to work. In order to work as an esthetician in the state of Maryland the applicant must submit proof of completion of 600 hours of training in a cosmetology school or twelve months as a registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon. Limited practice esthetician apprentice applicants taking the State Board Esthetician Licensing Examination must be at least seventeen years of age and have a 9th grade education or equivalent.