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How to Become a Licensed Esthetician in Vermont

When people think of the state of Vermont they might think of maple syrup or Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or simply cows. With some hard work and dedication, you may soon think of Vermont as the state that put you on the pathway to a rewarding career as a licensed esthetician. Vermont salons, spas, medical offices, hotels, and resorts all require the work of licensed estheticians putting this career in high demand here.

If you want to pursue a career as a licensed esthetician in the state of Vermont, you’ll want to keep reading to find out exactly what you need to know.

Esthetician License Requirements and Training Schools in Vermont

The Vermont Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists has set forth the following prerequisites for applying for an esthetician license:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Complete a state-approved 600-hour esthetician course


  • Complete 800 to 1200 hours of esthetics apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed esthetician

If you choose to use the apprenticeship pathway for esthetics training, you will need to begin by completing the Application for Registration as an Apprentice. Once your apprenticeship is complete (12 months/800 hours), you and your supervisor will need to complete an Apprenticeship Training Verification form.

This form proves to the state that you have completed enough hours in the following areas:

  • Facials
  • Skin treatments and chemistry
  • Makeup services
  • Techniques for sterilization and sanitation
  • Esthetician equipment
  • Storage and disposal of chemical products
  • Vermont laws, rules, and regulations
  • Personal health, hygiene, and sanitation
  • Safety with chemicals
  • Professional ethics

If you choose to enter into a formal esthetics education program, your esthetics education and training will need to include the same topics, but in a classroom and formal hands-on setting.

Let Esthetician Schooling Connect You With a High Quality Esthetician School in Your Area!

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

To get started, simply fill out the quick 1-minute application below.


Step 2: Complete and Submit the Esthetician Application for Examination

Professional Credential Services (PCS) has been hired by the Vermont Board to proctor the National Interstate Council (NIC) esthetics exams. To apply for the exams, you will need to complete an online application. In addition to your application, you will need to mail or email the following items to PCS:

  • A copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate
  • A school verification affidavit to verify your esthetics training
  • A current passport-style photo of yourself that is 2″ x 2″

Mail your documents to:

Professional Credential Services
Vermont Coordinator
P.O. Box 198768
Nashville, TN 37219-8689


Email your uploaded documents to

Along with your application, you will also need to submit payment to PCS for the $275 exam fee.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive an Authorization To Test (ATT) letter in an email from PCS. You will need to print this ATT letter and bring it with you to the theory exam and the state exam.

A practical exam admission notice will be emailed to you at least 10 days prior to your exam date. You will also receive a testing authorization for the practical exam when you register at the exam site.

You will need to contact ISO-Quality Testing to schedule your theory and state law exams.


Step 3: Take and Pass the Examinations for State Licensure

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:

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


What to Bring to the Exam

Make plans to arrive at least 30 minutes early to the exam site. This will allow for potential delays and time for checking in.

You are required to bring the following items to your exams:

  • Two forms of non-expired identification (acceptable forms can be found on page two of the Candidate Information Bulletin)
  • Your Authorization To Test (ATT) Letter (theory exam only)
  • Your Admission Notice (practical exam only)
  • A recent 2” x 2” passport type color photo (selfies will not be accepted)

Please be aware that if you do not bring the proper forms of identification with the same name on each one, you will not be allowed to take your exams that day and you will be forced to forfeit your exam fees.

For the practical exam only you will also need to bring:

If you arrive late or without the requested identification types, you will be forced to reschedule your exam. Clothing that identifies your school or advertises brands and open-toed shoes may not be worn to the testing sites. The required dress code for the practical exam is a lab coat that does not contain any references to your school or training facility.


The Vermont State Law Exam

This exam is taken at the same exam site as the written exam. You must answer at least 75 out of 100 questions correctly in order to pass the exam. You can study directly from these Statutes & Rules resources to increase your chances of passing this short, yet important, exam.


The Written Esthetics Exam

This is a computer-based exam that you will have 90 minutes to complete. Immediately after completion, the proctor will be able to give you an unofficial pass or fail notice.

The written (theory) exam will consist of 55 percent scientific concept questions and 45 percent skin care and services questions.

The esthetics written exam will include topics such as:

  • Microbiology
  • Infection control
  • Skin functions
  • Factors that impact the skin
  • Contraindications for services
  • Chemistry

You must score a 75% or greater on the written exam in order to pass.


The Practical Esthetics Exam

The practical exam portion covers 9 different sections:

  • Work Area and Client Preparation, and Set Up of Universal Supplies (First client)
  • Cleansing of the Face with Product
  • Exfoliating the Face with Product, Using Facial Brush, Including Towel Steaming
  • Massaging the Face with Product
  • Work Area and New Client Preparation, and Set Up of Supplies (Second client)
  • Hair Removal of the Eyebrows by Tweezing and Using Simulated Soft Wax
  • Facial Mask and Conclusion of Facial Service
  • Facial Makeup
  • Blood Exposure Procedure

You must score a 75 out of 100 on all three exams in order to pass. You will receive your official score reports within 10 days after exam completion. Please note that once you take any one of the three exams, you must take the other two exams within one (1) year.

Upon passing all three exams, you will receive a notice of completion. PCS will also notify the Vermont Board when you have met all of your licensing requirements, including passing all three exams. The State Board will then issue your Vermont esthetician license.


Step 4: Renew Your VT Esthetician License Every Two Years

Vermont’s licensed estheticians are required to renew their license every two years. The only exception to this rule is if you have received your first license within 90 days of the renewal deadline.

You will need to complete, sign, and submit the Renewal/Reinstatement Application along with a check or money order made payable to “Vermont Secretary of State” to cover the $130 non-refundable processing fee. Be sure to read over the application thoroughly and include any required documents along with your submission.

Mail your completed and signed application, any required documents, and fee payment to:

Vermont Secretary of State
Attn: Renewal Clerk
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street
3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402

Once the Vermont Board has approved and processed your application, they will issue you your new esthetician license.

There is no requirement for continuing education when renewing your license.


Esthetician License Reciprocity in Vermont

In order to qualify for Vermont license reciprocity as an esthetician, your training and education must have been equal to or greater than the standards that Vermont has set for licensure.

Along with a completed and signed Application for Licensure by Endorsement, you will need to submit a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate, and have your home state’s Cosmetology Board verify your esthetician license. You will also need to pay the endorsement application fee of $110 with a check or money order made payable to “Vermont Secretary of State”.

Mail your completed and signed application, required documents, and check or money order to:

Vermont Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street
3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402

As an endorsement candidate, you are not required to take the written and practical exams, however, you will need to take and pass the Vermont Jurisprudence Exam by paying a $90 fee and registering with Professional Credential Services (PCS).

More information about endorsement and Vermont’s requirements can be found in the application.


Vermont State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street
3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Toll-Free: 1-800-439-8683
Phone: (802) 828-2363


Vermont Exam Locations

Below is a map showing the locations of the written, practical, and state law exams.


Map of Written, Practical, and State Law Exam Locations in Vermont

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