How to Become an Esthetician in Florida

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Estheticians, or skin care specialists, provide facials and similar services to clients, and also provide skin care advice. Estheticians work primarily in salons, but can also work with dermatologists or other medical professionals. Professionals providing facials in Florida must be registered as facial specialists with the Florida Board of Cosmetology. Licensed cosmetologists, who must meet more rigorous training and testing requirements, can also offer esthetician services in Florida. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, skin care specialists in Florida earned an average annual salary of $29,680 in 2010.

Complete a program at a Florida school of cosmetology. You must complete at least a 260-hour facial specialist cosmetology program to register to provide basic esthetician services. Find a listing of Florida cosmetology schools in Resources. You can take further cosmetology courses, such as the 12-hour body wrapping course, to earn registration in other aesthetic services. Alternatively, you can complete a full, 1,200-hour cosmetologist program to gain licensure as a cosmetologist. A cosmetologist license allows you to perform esthetician procedures, such as facials, as well as other procedures in the field of cosmetology, such as manicures, pedicures and hair treatments. Licensure as a cosmetologist requires passing state exams, administered by Pearson Vue (see Resources).

Complete an HIV/AIDS course. You must complete a course dealing with safe use of equipment and materials, particularly as it relates to the transmission of HIV. These courses can generally be completed in less than one day. Find a list of approved HIV/AIDS courses on the Florida Board of Cosmetology website (see Resources).

Apply for registration to the Florida Board of Cosmetology. Once you've completed your facial specialist cosmetology program, and any other esthetician specialty programs, you can apply for registration in your specialty or specialties. Find application forms on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website (see Resources). With the application, you must include your personal information, including information on your criminal history. You must also have an official at your cosmetology school complete the Certificate of Eligibility, indicating that you've completed your required program. Submit your application, along with the $85 fee (as of 2011), to the Florida Board of Cosmetology.