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How to Become a Licensed Esthetician in Indiana

The State of Indiana is no stranger to providing success to those in the beauty industry. In fact, in 1905 Sarah Walker, also known as Madame J.C. Walker, began selling her own cosmetic line door-to-door and created a treatment to straighten hair. Her determination paired with her passion for helping other people look and feel good about themselves made her one of our nation’s first female millionaires.

While you aren’t likely to become a millionaire as a licensed esthetician in Indiana, you will have the ability to make money while meeting a variety of different clients and helping them to look and feel their best.

There are several steps to becoming a licensed esthetician in the state of Indiana. Keep reading this article to find out what they are.

Esthetician License Requirements and Training Schools in Indiana

Step 1: Complete a State Approved Esthetics Program

Licensed estheticians in Indiana fall under the jurisdiction of the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. In order to qualify to apply for the esthetician exam you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have completed the 10th grade or higher
  • Have completed a state-approved beauty school curriculum, earning 700 clock hours in esthetics training

Your Indiana esthetics education and training will include topics such as:

  • Waxing and other hair removal services
  • Manual and machine facials
  • Exfoliation
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Makeup application and color theory
  • Skin assessment and treatment
  • Body wraps
  • Safety and infection control measures

Although some states have one, at this time, there is no apprenticeship pathway to becoming a licensed esthetician in Indiana. Taking an esthetician course of at least 700 clock hours is the only way to become licensed in Indiana.

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Are you ready to take the next step and begin your career as a well-paid esthetician? Esthetician Schooling has partnered with some of the best esthetician schools in the nation.  Our huge network of nationally recognized esthetician schools will make it easy for you to find the right school and get started training immediately!

The beauty schools in our network contain one or more of the following high quality standards:

  • State Board Recognition
  • NACCAS Accreditation
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Job Placement Assistance for Those Who Qualify

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Step 2: Complete and Submit the Esthetician Application for Examination

Although the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers governs the esthetics practice in Indiana, they contract with PSI Services LLC to administer the NIC esthetics written exam.

In order to take the Indiana esthetician license, you must have pre-approval. Once you have successfully completed your 700-hour course, your school will electronically give your information to PSI. Once this has been done, you will receive a confirmation email.

You may either go online or call PSI to schedule your exam and to pay the $52 (fee amount subject to change) examination fee. If PSI is not in possession of your school records, you should contact your education provider as soon as possible.


Registering and Scheduling Your Exam

It is your responsibility to schedule your own exam. You can schedule the exam online by going here and doing the following:

  1. Select “Government/State Licensing Agencies” from the Select Organization drop-down menu.
  2. Select “Indiana” from the Jurisdiction drop down menu.
  3. Select “IN Cosmetology” from the Select Value drop down menu.
  4. Click the “IN Esthetician Written” link in the License Name menu.
  5. After the webpage loads, click the “Sign In or Create an Account” button and either sign in or create a new account.
  6. Follow the instructions that are given to you.
  7. You will be required to pay an exam registration fee of $52 (fee amount subject to change) using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or debit card.

You also have the option of scheduling your exam over the phone by calling a PSI representative toll-free at 1-800-733-9267 (Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM EST and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST).

You can also schedule your written exam using PSI’s Interactive Voice Response System during non business hours at 1-800-733-

If you must reschedule your written exam, you can do so without forfeiting your fee by contacting PSI at least 2 business days prior to your scheduled exam date by calling1-800-733-9267 and using the automated system.

This testing eligibility is good for a one-year period. If you have not passed the exam within in a year, you will need to have your education records re-submitted by your school and begin the application and scheduling process again.


Step 3: Take and Pass the Esthetics Written Exam

Preparing for the Written Exam

The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) recommends the following reference materials to help you prepare for and pass the esthetics written (theory) exam, which can be purchased at discounted prices on Amazon:

We also recommend that you purchase and study the following books in preparation for your exam:


What to Bring to the Exam

Plan to arrive at your testing site at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time. You will need to be sure to bring two forms of valid identification listed on page 3 of the Candidate Information Bulletin. If you arrive late or do not have the proper forms of identification, you will need to reschedule your exam and will most likely forfeit your exam fees.


The Esthetics Written Exam

You will have a total of 90 minutes to complete the written exam. The exam outline is as follows:

  • Rules, Regulations & Safety (35%)
  • Esthetic Science and Skin Analysis (15%)
  • Facials (20%)
  • Hair Removal (15%)
  • Makeup (10%)
  • Electricity and Electrotherapy (5%)

There will be 75 general exam questions; 10 that are state-specific and 10 that are experimental.

You must score at least a 75 percent on the esthetics exam to pass. You will receive your score immediately after completion. Once you have passed, you can submit your Indiana esthetician license application. Make sure you:

  • Pay the $40 non-refundable licensing fee to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (fee amount subject to change).
  • Attach your original exam pass notice from PSI.
  • Use all original signatures (applications containing photocopied signatures will be returned).
  • Attach a copy of your conviction record to your application (if applicable).

The esthetician written exam is administered at the locations shown here.


Step 4: Renew Your IN Esthetician License Every Two Years

Esthetician licensure in this state expires every four years on August 1st. You may renew your license online or with a paper application. Either way, you will need to pay the $40 renewal fee.

Unlike some other states that license estheticians, no continuing education hours are required for the renewal of your esthetician license in Indiana. It is important to renew your esthetician license on time in order to continue to practice legally and avoid additional fees.


Esthetician License Reciprocity in Indiana

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency grants esthetician licenses by reciprocity on a case-by-case basis. Just as with getting a license by exam, you need to be at least 18 years old with a 10th-grade education in order to apply.

The state where the esthetician currently has a license must require a minimum of 70 hours of education and have a passing exam score of 70 percent. You must submit the following to apply for an esthetician license by reciprocity:

  • The Application for Professional License by Reciprocity
  • A check/money order payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to cover the $40 application fee (fee amount subject to change).
  • A certified license from your current state
  • A copy of a conviction record (if applicable)


Indiana State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
State Board Of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
402 W. Washington Street
Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 234-3031
Fax: (317) 233-4236


Indiana Written Exam Locations

Below is a map showing the locations of the written esthetician exams administered by PSI Services. Before you arrive at a PSI test center, please be sure to call PSI Services toll-free at 1-800-733-9267 to confirm the test center’s current address and inquire about their hours of operation.


Map of Written Exam Locations in Indiana

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