How to Become a Licensed Esthetician in Colorado
- Dermatology offices
- Resorts and hotels
- Medical spas
Some estheticians in Colorado even work for private clients.
Esthetician License Requirements and Training Schools in Colorado
- Step 1: Complete a State Approved Esthetics Program
- Step 2: Complete and Submit the Esthetician Application for Examination
- Step 3: Take and Pass the Written and Practical Esthetician Examinations
- Step 4: Renew Your CO Esthetician License Every Two Years
- Esthetician License Reciprocity in Colorado
- Colorado State Board Contact Information
- Colorado Written and Practical Exam Locations
Step 1: Complete a State Approved Esthetics Program
- Facials & Skincare (7 credit hours)
- Facial Makeup (1 credit hour)
- Hair Removal (3 credit hours)
- Laws, Rules & Regulations (1 credit hour)
- Management, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship (1 credit hour)
- Disinfection, Cleaning & Safe Work Practices (7 credit hours)
Clinical instruction needs to account for at least 75 percent of your credit hours while the remaining 25 percent can be done through theory or lecture.
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Step 2: Complete and Submit the Esthetician Application for Examination
Step 3: Take and Pass the Written and Practical Esthetician Examinations
You can schedule your exams online or by phone. The fee for the practical exam is $71 and the fee for the written exam is $56. Both of these fees are payable to PSI. PSI requires that candidates take and pass the practical exam prior to scheduling the written portion.
Testing locations are as follows:
- Denver (Centennial): written examination only
- Denver (Wheat Ridge): practical and written
- Fort Collins: practical and written
- Pueblo: written examination only
- Colorado Springs: practical and written
- Grand Junction: practical and written
- Durango: practical and written
Most candidates complete the practical exam in about 85 minutes and the written exam within 100 minutes.
Preparing for the Written and Practical Exams
The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) recommends the following reference materials to help you prepare for and pass the written (theory) and practical esthetics exams, which can be purchased at discounted prices on Amazon:
- Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals (2013, 11th Edition)
- Salon Fundamentals: Esthetics Textbook (2007, 11th printing, 2nd Edition, August 2013)
We also recommend that you purchase and study the following books in preparation for your exams:
- Salon Fundamentals Esthetics Licensure Exam Prep Book (Spiral-bound – 2007)
- Modern Esthetics: A Scientific Source for Estheticians (Milady)
What to Bring to the Exams
Be sure to bring two forms of identification that bear your signature when you arrive at the exam site. Acceptable forms of identification can be found on page 5 of the Candidate Information Bulletin.
For the practical examination, candidates are required to bring their own mannequin head and exam supplies. More information on what supplies are required can be found on page 9 of the Candidate Information Bulletin.
The Esthetics Written Exam
The written esthetician licensure exam has 100 questions and covers the following topics:
- Safety, Cleaning, and Disinfection (30 percent)
- Client Consultation and Professional Conduct (10 percent)
- Skin Structure and Physiology (12 percent)
- Basic Facials (18 percent)
- Hair Removal (10 percent)
- Electricity and Electrotherapy (6 percent)
- Makeup (6 percent)
- Basic Knowledge of Advance Treatments (8 percent)
The written esthetics exam is computer based and should take you about 100 minutes to complete. You can familiarize yourself with how to use it by referencing page 6 of the Candidate Information Bulletin.
The Esthetics Practical Exam
The practical examination should take you about 85 minutes to complete. The exam will cover the following:
- Disinfection after procedures
- Facial service
- Makeup service
- Pre-Exam set up and disinfection
- Tweezing and waxing
- Skin Cleansing
- Skin Analysis
Preparing for the exam and studying will increase the chances that you will pass it on the first time for both the practical and written exams. Reviewing your course materials, practicing hands-on skills with your mannequin, studying with friends or classmates, and reviewing the candidate bulletin will help. You can also take online or book practice exams to show you any areas of weakness you might have.
Once you have successfully passed both exams, the Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure will issue your esthetician license. You can then begin practicing as a licensed esthetician in the state of Colorado.
Step 4: Renew Your CO Esthetician License Every Two Years
Many estheticians in the state of Colorado choose to advance their career by receiving additional education and training in esthetic-related services such as permanent makeup, which requires the completion of an additional 132 clock hours of training, and massage therapy, which requires an additional 500 clock hours of training for state licensure.
Any esthetician that would like to perform chemical peels or microdemabrasion on clients is required to receive an additional 14 clock hours of training for microdermabrasion and 24 clock hours of training for chemical peels. At the completion of their training, the esthetician will be certified by the State Board. Estheticians licensed in the state of Colorado are the only ones allowed to acquire this additional training and certification.
Esthetician License Reciprocity in Colorado
If you do not currently have an active license in another state, you will be required to meet the educational requirements in Colorado and take the licensing examinations.
Colorado State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information
Denver, CO 80202
Colorado Written and Practical Exam Locations
Map of Written and Practical Exam Locations in Colorado
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