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How to Become an Esthetician in Illinois


Are you up to date on the latest in skincare? Do you love having a girls’ night with charcoal facials included? Are you looking for a brand new career in the skincare industry? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might also be wondering, “How do I become an esthetician in Illinois?” We’ve got the info you need to get started!

Get Educated

If you’re looking to become an esthetician in Illinois, you must first know that a license is required. In order to obtain a license, you must fulfill the required amount of hours in a school. Illinois needs 750 hours of practical and theoretical classroom time to order to sit for the state board exam.

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Take the Test

In your exam you will take a written test. The exam is given by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, and you must pass the test in order to work as an esthetician in the state. You can use this study guide provided by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC).

Build a Book

After all the logistics have been completed, you must start building your book. While working in the student spa at school, you may have started to build a steady stream of clients, and you should take them with you! Don’t be afraid to give them your new information. Where you’re opening your own business or working for a popular spa or salon, your clients will want to know where you went.

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Love What You Do

In this profession, if you don’t love what you do, it shows. You work closely with your clients to help them achieve skincare goals that they’ve only dreamed of before, so be genuine. Trust us, it makes all the difference.

Continuing Learning

The esthetics industry is fast paced, so you have to be willing to learn while you grow as a professional. Not only is it required in the culture of esthetics, but it is also required by the state. An esthetician must acquire 10 hours of continuing education over a 2 year period in order to renew their license.

Are you interested in pursuing skincare as a career? Check out our esthetics program in Sycamore and Palos Hills! During our program you can learn a variety of treatments from facials and waxing to makeup application and microdermabrasion. If you want to learn more about what our curriculum covers, contact us today!