NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY SKINCARE LICENSES INFORMATION

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In New York, you have the possibility to become a licensed esthetician and embellish customers’ face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders through makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes and other beauty procedures legally. You can also specialize as a wax specialist and obtain a license for it. You must be at least 17 years old. Then, you have to meet the following requirements:

    ► Education:
  • New York education: 600 hours of esthetics curriculum (75 for wax specialist) in a state-approved school.
  • Education outside New York: Documentation evidencing education comparable to the level of schooling of New York.
  • Experience: Evidence of education and experience practicing esthetics or an equivalent occupation for five years.
  • You will be required to present a physical examination performed by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.

After you submit your application — and if you comply with the requisites — you will receive an email to schedule your exam. The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York will provide special arrangements if you have any kind of disability. You must indicate it in your application and also fill a request form found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1591-a.pdf. You must pay a $15 non-refundable fee to schedule the exam.  To apply online, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/  and click on “Individual” (at the top of the screen). Then, click on “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License” and enter your login information. You must create a new account if you are a new user. If you prefer the traditional application, find the application form at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. The non-refundable fee for initial application is $40.

UPDATE

Whether you moved to a new house or changed your name as a result of marriage, divorce, or any other personal reason, you must always notify the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York. All updates can be done online by visiting the NYS License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.  Keep in mind that there is a $10 non-refundable fee if you make an address change request.

If you want to change the name or address on your esthetician license by mail, go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.” If you are looking to change the address or name on your esthetician license, go to the NYS License Center and login to your account, if you are a new user you must create an account. Go to “Manage My Licenses” and you will see your information. Go to “Action” and click on “Amendment.” Finally, select “Name Change Amendment” or “Address Change Amendment.” Follow the indications of the online application. When changing your name, you will have to submit a legal document (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree) or a government issued ID as evidence of your name change. You can change your name or address by mail, but other updates must be done online. You can change your phone number, Social Security number, email, among others. A duplicate is not required after an amendment.

REPLACE

New York requests esthetics specialists to display their license at the place where they work and have their pocket licenses handy in case they are demanded to show it.  If you want an esthetician license replacement, you may request a copy to the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York as soon as possible.  The fee for a nail license replacement is $10.

Go to NY License Center to be able to replace your skincare license online. Find it at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.  If this is your first time using the NYS License Center, you will have to create an account. To create a new account, click on “I Need a NY.gov ID.” Once done — or if you already have a username and password — log in and go to “Manage My Licenses” and you will see your records. Click on “Amendment” which is under “Action.” Select “Duplicate License Amendment” and follow the instructions. To request a duplicate by mail, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.” When it opens, fill out all the information and then print the form.  Send the form and the fee to the address found right top corner of the form. You can pay using a check or you can call the Department and ask for a credit card authorization.

RENEW

Skin care specialist in New York — known as estheticians — are required to renew their license every four years. The skincare license renewal guarantees that estheticians are still complying with the standards established by the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York.  Usually, 90 days before your license expires, you will receive a renewal notification by email with a link to access your NY License Center. If you do not have one, you will receive the notice by mail with instructions to create an account plus a renewal form.  The renewal fee is $40.

To renew your nail license, you must go to the NY License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.  If you already created an account and claimed your record, you can log in. Otherwise, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/lc-instructions.html for instructions to so. Once done, select the “Manage My Licenses” tab and you will see your records. The status of your license will show as “About to Expire.” You must click on “Renew Application” which is under the “Action” column. Fill out the renewal application and attach any documentation that you are required to provide. Review your information and check out. After you submit your payment, you will receive a confirmation. Finally, you have to wait for your application to be approved and for your email notification to arrive. If you did not receive a renewal form by mail and you are not able to renew online, email the Division of Licensing Services at Licensing@dos.ny.gov and request a form. 

TRANSFER

All skincare specialists who studied and got licensed in another state and are moving to New York may apply for licensure by reciprocity or endorsement.  You will be eligible to apply by reciprocity or endorsement if you have a current registration or license in another state and the state where you are licensed is listed as eligible in the Website of the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York.

To transfer your esthetician license, you must first verify if you are eligible for reciprocity or endorsement. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetreciprocity.html to see the states that apply by reciprocity and http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#cosmet for those that apply by endorsement. To apply online, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/  and click on “Individual” (at the top of the screen). Then, click on “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License” and enter your login information. You must create a new account if you are a new user. If you prefer the traditional application, find the application form at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html.

The requirements for transferring your esthetici>an license are:

  1. Reciprocity
  1. Submit a certification from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at.
  2. Complete the licensure application.
  3. Pay the $40 application fee.
  4. If required, submit two experience statements which attest that you have been working as a makeup artist or cosmetologist for the specified number of years. (Download the template at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1543-a.pdf.)
  1. Endorsement
  1. Submit an official letter of good standing from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at. It should be dated within six months of the application.
  2. Complete the licensure application.
  3. Pay the $40 application fee.

EDUCATION

Cosmetologists in New York are taught the basics of skincare, but those interested in specializing in skin care can become estheticians. If you are interested in a skincare license, you must go through an esthetician training.

If you want to register in skincare classes, you must be at least 17 years old and have obtained a high school diploma or GED.  When looking for an esthetician training, make sure the school is licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. If you already have the name of a couple of schools, verify if they are licensed at by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, to do so, go to http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm  and look for the schools you are inquiring about.  Also, search if they accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see the list, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74. The cost of an esthetician course ranges between $5,000 and $7,000 and they last from one to five months depending on how many hours per week you assist, it must comply with 600 hours that are required to estheticians. 

The esthetician training must include:

  • Orientation   

4 hours

  • Safety and Health

8 hours

  • Bacteriology

18 hours

  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition

25 hours

  • Structure and Functions of the Skin

12 hours

  • Superfluous Hair

24 hours

  • Chemistry

3 hours

  • Chemistry as Applied to Cosmetics

21 hours

  • Electricity and Machines

18 hours

  • Body Procedures (No Machines)

48 hours

  • Make-Up Techniques

84 hours

  • Business Practices

50 hours

  • Job Skills

6 hours

  • Introduction to Paramedical Esthetics

18
hours

FAQ

  1. What does the practice of esthetics cover in New York?
  2. It covers the enhancement of the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, or shoulders of a using of compounds or procedures including makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes, or sanding and tweezing. These may be performed by manual, mechanical, chemical or electrical means and instruments, excluding the practice of electrology.

  3. Can I offer body massages with an esthetician license?
  4. No, if you want to offer body massages in New York, you must apply for a massage therapy license. For more information, visit: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtlic.htm.

  5.  Can I perform laser hair removal with an esthetician license?
  6. No, esthetician licenses in New York do include laser hair removal. Estheticians can only offer waxing as a hair removal alternative. Nevertheless, laser hair removal is not regulated in New York; therefore, a licensed esthetician may perform it but while providing a disclaimer that states that their license does not include that service.

  7. Can I open an esthetics center with my esthetician license?
  8. No, your esthetician license allows you to practice in a licensed salon, not independently.

  9. Can estheticians apply makeup for remuneration?

Yes, actually in New York, those who want to charge a fee in exchange of makeup services must hold a cosmetology or esthetician license.

 








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