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An aesthetician, also known as a Skin Care Specialist, is a person who practices aesthetics. Aesthetics means practicing the care and beautification of the skin of the human body for compensation, including but not limited to cleaning, applying cosmetics, oils lotions, clay, creams, antiseptics, powders, tonics to or massaging, stimulating, wrapping or exercising the skin of the body.

No person may engage in the practice of aesthetics unless the person has received training in the areas of service provided and holds a current aesthetician license, barber or cosmetologist license, manager license, temporary permit or training permit issued by the Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board, or is an apprentice or a student in an aesthetics or barbering or cosmetology course of instruction.


Persons must complete a course of instruction in aesthetics in a school of barbering or cosmetology or a school of aesthetics licensed under s. 440.62(3)(a) or (b), Wis. Stats. or exempted under s. 440.61 Wis. Stats.


Have at least 450 hours of training in not less than 11 weeks and not more than 30 weeks under supervision of a barber or cosmetologist instructor or aesthetics instructor certified under s. 440. 63(3)(a) or (b), Wis. Stats., or a licensed manager, in a licensed establishment that is also licensed as a specialty school of aesthetics under s. 440.62(4)(A), Wis. Stats.

……continuing education

Effective April 1, 2010, the Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board requires all licensees to complete continue education hours to renew the credential. To renew your license on March 31, 2013, you will be required to complete 12 hours of continuing education.


Application fees equal $224, which includes initial credential and exam; $82-Renewal fee, $107 with late fee; due by March 31st of odd-numbered years.

revised 01/11

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Cosmetology Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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