How to Get Involved - 10 Steps



NCEA is protecting your right to practice by...

  • Providing professional excellence through the NCEA Certified credential

     Launched in June of 2007, the NCEA Certified credential has provided the pathway for Estheticians to attain a Master Esthetician license (by statute/law) in the District of Columbia and Washington. When these bills were introduced into their respective state legislatures, they already included the language recognizing the NCEA Certified credential as a way for already licensed estheticians to be grandfathered to a Master Esthetician license. But most important, was the language recognizing the NCEA Certified credential for all other estheticians applying for the Master Esthetician license through endorsement. (Endorsement is the term used when moving into a state seeking licensure)

     Because the NCEA Certified credential is already based upon an industry-driven 1200-hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis, it meets or exceeds most statutory endorsement requirements around the country. In other words, once you pass the NCEA Certified exam, you have met or exceeded the competency standards equivalent or higher than most states in the United States.

An Esthetician who voluntarily attains the NCEA Certified credential is advocating for higher standards to protect  their future!

  • Approving continuing education through the Commission on Accreditation

        Only a handful of states require CEs prior to relicensure. Unfortunately, due to low requirements, some CE courses have become outdated and/or do not provide affordable, flexible continuing education online to meet the growing needs of a connected society.

The NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) was formed to facilitate and supervise the continuing education requirements of the skin care professional for recertification and/or relicensure.

  • Advocating to strengthen your voice and position with state regulatory boards

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) is an invaluable network of individuals and companies that share common goals. The NCEA provides the structure and operational efficiency to which its members can collaborate, share their expertise and resources to influence policy. To be effective advocates, NCEA members must develop skills that enable them to engage in dialogue with decision makers at all levels.

The mission of the NCEA is to define standards of practice through certification and continuing education accreditation in order to represent and advocate for the esthetic profession.



10 Steps to Get Involved and Protect Your Future!

Protecting your future as an Esthetician is not just about making money. Know what your professional licensing, state regulatory boards and legislators are doing.

  1. Bookmark your State Regulatory Board’s website in your browser and check it monthly for:
    i) Board meeting dates and try to attend;
    ii) Meet your State Regulatory Board members;
    iii) Board minutes (if you didn't attend meeting);
    iv) Review any press releases (if available);
    iv) Bi-annually - Download & Review Rules & Regulations
    *Check for revisions & dates - Download & Review Statutes
  2. Sign up (if available) to receive your state regulatory board eNewsletters/bulletins.
  3. Like the NCEA State page and network with esthetician licensees in your state through social media
  4. Join the NCEA for Standardized Advocacy and post your membership certificate and your NCEA Certified credential.
  5. Be sure you are a Registered Voter.
  6. Meet your State’s elected officials and educate them (and staffers) about what an Esthetician is - give them a facial treatment.
  7. Ask them to alert you of bills regarding esthetician licensing.
  8. Find out how your State legislature is structured, and learn how bills can be introduced into your senate or house.
  9. Get NCEA Certified and be better prepared for the future.
  10. Understand the BIG PICTURE – As important as it is for you to know what is going on in your state, learn what State Advocacy Issues will affect your licensure, if you want to move to another part of the country.

Protecting your future as an Esthetician is not just about making money. Know what your professional licensing, state regulatory boards and legislators are doing.

Committees' Mission Statements

Advisory Committee

Chair: Executive Director
Advise the Executive Director in coordinating and facilitating activities of the NCEA.
The Advisory Committee consists of all Committee Chairs
Support the Executive Director

Certification Program Committee

Oversee training and instructors' manual development: To include corrections, ensuring consistency with test and NCEA 1200 hour Job Tasks. Coordinate use of subject matter experts for further test development. Develop new marketing strategies and review existing plan.


Approved Training Facility/Testing Center  Committee

Overview of business aspects, criteria and qualifications of Approved Training Facilities (ATFs)/Testing Centers. Ensure compliance with existing membership guidelines and set disciplinary actions.

NCEA Continuing Education (CEs) Committee

Establish CE application guidelines and implement CE program for recertification. Develop criteria for CE providers and speakers. These guidelines would include” Conflict of Interest Statements, Class Objectives, etc. NCEA CE Providers must be Approved Training Facilities.

Candidate Mentor Committee

Encourage NCEA candidates to meet the requirements and complete their certification. The committee members will work one-on-one with the candidate to guide them through the certification program by providing support and encouragement.
Committee members must be NCEA Certified.

National Standards Committee

Oversee the state representatives, identify current issues that need to be addressed by NCEA Membership and provide NCEA National Standards as guidance to state regulatory boards.

Membership Committee

Recruit and retain current NCEA membership. Create opportunities for new members to network and get involved! Increase attendance at NCEA Member meetings and sponsored events through email communications and personal communications.

Scholarship Committee

Coordinate the qualifications for and the review process of applicants currently enrolled in esthetics schools/programs as well as NCEA Certified Candidates.


NCEA Grassroots Advocacy

A grassroots campaign allows individual members, manufacturers/distributors to weigh in on important issues that affect the skin care industry and individual licensees. The NCEA biannual meetings provide a forum to discuss these issues with an entire room of concerned members who can make in impact. A majority vote wins on a proposed issue or standard. The standard(s) are then sent to our state regulatory boards for consideration. Each individual member can make a difference!

Plan to attend the next NCEA Meeting and have your voice heard! 

Key Issues

• Consumer Safety
• Raising Education Standards
• Infection Control
• Safety and use of new technologies

Ways to Become Involved

  • Join NCEA
  • Respond to NCEA Legislative alerts
  • Attend meetings with National Interstate Council of State Boards (NIC) participation
  • Become a NCEA State Representative to provide support and testimony at state regulatory board meetings or hearings
  • Serve on a State Regulatory Board
  • Maintain your membership and get others involved!

Every licensee can be a part of the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations grassroots network. No matter what your advocacy knowledge or expertise, there are ways to become involved. Forward an NCEA email to a colleague, alert the executive office about pending legislation, follow NCEA Standards and share with other professionals. If you have other ideas about advocacy that NCEA membership can do, please contact the executive office at or call (201) 670-4100.