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The Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists members have worked with the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) to help develop the National Esthetician Certification.  The NCEA Certified credential was launched in 2007 and the Commission on Accreditation (COA) was launched in 2009 for continuing education accreditation. SDSS’s ongoing mission is to  provide a forum of learning for Estheticians working in dermatology skin care practices, and getting the National Esthetician Certification is the recommended first step.

The National Esthetician Certification is based on a 1200-hour competency, which is double the standards set by most Esthetician licenses in the United States. The NCEA Certified credential is awarded to those who have met the advanced training standards that is equivalent to a Master Esthetician license, that can be used for licensure endorsement.  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.

“If you are an Esthetician providing skin care services in a dermatology or medical setting, this certification is a must-have! The sections on Medical Esthetics, Business and Risk Management helped me to increase my earnings and take my career to a new level.” H.Dawson, Los Angeles, CA.


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



Go to your LinkedIn Profile and under Licenses & Certification – search for NCEA Certified. Enter your Credential Issue and Expiration Date and your Credential ID.

Be sure to use these hashtags in all Social Media Posts

#NCEACertifiedAlumni #NCEACertified #NationalEstheticianCertification

Online Proctored Examinations

No more driving to a testing facility to sit for the National Esthetician Certification Exam! With a computer and a smart phone, you can test in the comfort of your home or office. Do it for you–do it for your patients!