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Electrologists in New York are not required to hold a license to practice electrolysis. Although there is not an electrolysis license, you can become a certified professional electrologist. The American Electrology Association (AEA) offers the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification, which is recognized through all the states and establishes the minimum standards for electrologists. You can also find a school that gives you the opportunity to apply for another’s state license.

The CPE may multiply the growing opportunities and potential earnings of electrologists in New York. The CPE exam is administered by the AEA through the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC), and it measures the knowledge of electrologists against the national minimum standards.  This exam is offered once a year, and if you pass it, you will get certified and will be allowed to use the letters CPE after your name.

The requirements to take the exam and get certified as a CPE are:

  • A photocopy of certificate of completion from an electrology school with the date of graduation. Minimum 320 hours completed (or)
  • Notarized affidavit from a CPE instructor indicating that you completed at least 320 hours and evidence of your practice for at least one year.
  • Proof of residence (e.g., driver license).
  • The fee for non-AEA members is $325; for members it is $275.

To take the exam and request the certification, send an email to cpetestbulletin@electrology.com. You will receive a CPE Test Bulletin that includes the registration form and the requirements information.

UPDATE

Electrologists — those who practice electrolysis — in New York are not required to hold a license to practice; however, you have the chance to become a certified professional electrologist if you want to increase your credibility and your earnings.  The Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification is issued by the American Electrology Association (AEA). Obtaining this certification will allow you to add the letters CPE after your name.

If you decide to become part of the AEA, you will also get membership at the New York Electrolysis Association. The main job of the AEA is to promote the highest standards in electrology. If you are already a member, you have to keep your information updated as you should do with the licensing body.  If you marry or divorce and want to you change your name as a result of marriage or divorce, or if you move to a new location and have to change your name, you will have to inform the AEA which will update your records in their database.

To change your name or address, visit the AEA’s website at http://www.professionals.electrology.com and click on “Renew your AEA Membership” found at the menu on the left.  Go to “Renew Online” and click on “Change of address.” Click on it and you will be asked to log in. Once you do it, you will be able to update your information. Here, you can also change your name.

REPLACE

In New York, electrology is an unlicensed practice; this means that it is not regulated through licensure. However, if you want to obtain a certification that confirms you are competent at what you do, you can become a certified professional electrologist. To get certified, you must take the CPE exam to get your knowledge of electrology evaluated. The exam is administered by the American Electrology Association (AEA) through the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC). The exam is administered once a year, and if you pass you will earn the Certified Professional Electrologist title.

You can also become a member of the AEA and automatically become part of the New York Electrolysis Association.  Being part of these associations will give you more reliability and your customers will feel comfortable with your work since being certified in an unlicensed state ensures that you are capable of practicing. These associations promote the highest standards in electrology. If you pass the CPE exam, you will be allowed to use the letters CPE after your name. You would certainly want to show off your certificate for customers to see it; therefore, if you lose it, contact the AEA to request a copy by visiting: http://www.professionals.electrology.com. You can also write to the department of certification and licensing at ibecaea@electrology.com  or to the memberships department at: databankaea@electrology.com.

RENEW

Electrologists in New York can practice without any licensure regulations. Even though there is not an electrolysis license in New York, you can still become a certified professional electrologist by obtaining the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification which is granted by the American Electrology Association (AEA). As licenses do, the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification expires too, every five years.

If your certification expired, you can retake the AEA/IBEC Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) examination at the end of the fifth year. You can also earn a minimum of 75 contact hours within the five-year recertification period. Continuing education must be approved by the Office of Continuing Education of the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC). To earn continuing education units, you can go to: AEA Continuing Education resources, AEA annual conventions, AEA affiliate state association seminars, AEA/OCE approved non-affiliate state, regional or national educational events, electrology school seminars or workshops for graduate electrologists, local community college or university adult studies if not taken for academic college credit, local hospital or Red Cross events, home study courses. If what you want to renew is your AEA membership, visit: http://www.professionals.electrology.com/be-an-electrologist/join-the-aea.html#renew. Go to “Renew Online” and click on the hyperlink that says “Online.” You will have to enter your credentials and follow the prompts.

TRANSFER

New York does not regulate the practice of electrolysis through licensure; however, if you have an electrolysis license in from another state, you can take advantage of that and exhibit it to have more reliability as a professional. Additionally, you can become a certified professional electrologist which will give you even more credibility. The Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification is internationally recognized, and it is granted by the American Electrology Association (AEA).

To become a CPE, you must take the CPE exam — offered once a year — through the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC). This exam will measure your knowledge to define if you meet their standards or not.  If you are interested and want to take the exam, you must send an email to cpetestbulletin@electrology.com and request a CPE Test Bulletin. The bulletin contains the registration form and all the information you require to get certified. The fee for non AEA members is $325, and for members it is $275. In addition, you can become part of the AEA, which at the same time will give you membership to the New York Electrolysis Association (NYEA). You can also become a member of the NYEA contacting them at 914-237-6131. This certification is valid in all states and requires continuing education to be maintained.

EDUCATION

New York does not have regulation through licensure for electrologists. If you practice electrolysis, you can practice as long as you are trained in the safe and permanent removal of hair. Even though licensure is not a requisite, you may wish to get the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification. This certification is granted by American Electrology Association (AEA) and you will be required to take an exam to obtain it. Therefore, a complete and efficient education is vital in order to pass. Moreover, you may move to another state and have to apply for a license; education will be a “must.”

If you want to apply in an electrology school, you must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. The electrology training lasts from 120 to 250 hours. The AEA only requires 120 hours to get certified. These courses teach all methods of permanent hair removal and cost between $2,000 and $3,000. There are courses directed to individuals interested in obtaining a license from another state, these courses usually last at least 600 hours and cost from $6,000 to $8,000. The AEA recommends the schools found at: http://www.professionals.electrology.com/electrology-schools-and-scholarships.html.

According to the AEA, electrology education must include:

  1. Introduction to Electrology
  2. Basic Science
    1. Anatomy and Physiology
      1. Basics of biochemistry
      2. Cytology
      3. Histology
      4. Dermatology
      5. Hair
      6. Hypertrichosis, hirsutism
      7. Contraindications to electrology
    1. Microbiology
    2. Immunology
    3. Basic principles of electricity
    4. Modalities of electrology
      1. Single needle method
      2. Multiple needle method
      3. Thermolysis
      4. Blend method
    1. Electrology techniques and variables
    2. Operation, care, and maintenance of equipment & instruments
  1. Psychology
  2. Professional Considerations

FAQ

  1. Can I perform electrology with a cosmetologist or esthetician license?
  2. No, electrolysis is not under the scope or cosmetologists nor estheticians. However, electrology is not regulated in New York; therefore, any individual may perform electrolysis.

  3. Can I apply for an electrolysis licensure in another state and transfer it to New York?
  4. New York does not regulate electrolysis; however, you may obtain a license in another state and display it at your workplace. Being licensed in another state may increase your credibility and attract more customers.

  5. Can an electrologist perform cosmetology services?
  6. No, unless the electrologist has also obtained a cosmetologist license.

  7. Can electrolysis be performed in a cosmetology salon?
  8. Cosmetology salon licenses do not regulate the practice of electrolysis. However, electrology is not regulated in New York; therefore, any individual trained in electrology may offer their services in a cosmetology salon. 

  9. Is the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification equivalent to a license?

No, since New York does not regulate the practice of electrolysis through licensure, there is no equivalent to a license. The CPE Certification is an extra option that you have to guarantee your customers that your knowledge has been tested. 








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