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Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists members have worked as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)  to help develop the National Esthetician Certification. Membership passed a resolution  in 2009 that all Estheticians working in a medical setting should attain the NCEA Certified credential to better serve the needs of patients and to help raise the licensing standards of our profession.


The NCEA Certified credential is awarded to those who have met the advanced training standards equivalent to a Master Esthetician license. Attaining the National Esthetician Certification is the highest voluntary credential in the United States–raising the standards of our profession beyond entry-level licensure. The NCEA Certified credential signifies the value and credibility for consumers in determining the expertise and training of an Esthetician.

The path to get your National Esthetician Certification begins with purchasing the TRAINING MANUAL. Start the CANDIDATE APPLICATION requirements while working on the manual. In about 4-6 weeks, your Candidate Application should be ready to send in. After receiving your AUTHORIZATION-TO-TEST (ATT)  take your exam within 60 days in the comfort of your own home or office.


Your NCEA Certified credential and NCEA Individual Membership need to be maintained in order for you to call yourself “NCEA Certified.” Every three years, you will need to complete an Advanced Study Section in order to re-certify.  Learn more here

There can be no voice advocating for higher standards without you voluntarily maintaining your National Esthetician Certification! 


Membership in the SDSS has many benefits, but our primary mission is to help you PROTECT YOUR CAREER and EARNINGS POTENTIAL. We help our members stay informed of important changes in the industry and offer CONTINUING EDUCATION and NATIONAL CERTIFICATION that will increase your earnings potential and set the standard for our profession.


  • Provide educational activities that will increase the skin care professional’s knowledge, skills and competency.
  • Provide local, regional, national and international accredited educational activities, and learning opportunities.
  • Raise the standard of educational delivery methods and utilize faculty disclosure(s) to improve quality of educational activities.
  • To meet or exceed state regulatory board’s continuing education requirements for relicensure.
  • Provide state regulatory boards a quality commission on accreditation for skin care professionals.


Four weeks after becoming NCEA Certified I was offered a great position in a medical spa as their Esthetician. They commended me on for getting Nationally Certified and continuing my education! The downside is that I am now being contacted through LinkedIn for other interesting positions!–K.L.Boutiller


It has come to the attention of several state boards that some Estheticians working in  medical spas or medical practices are using the title “MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN.” There is no state license as such and the SDSS would like to remind members that using this title or allowing others to use this title is a violation of the Esthetician Code of Ethics and could have consequences from your state regulatory board.