How Long Does it Take to Complete an Esthetician Apprenticeship?

As an aspiring esthetician, you’re likely the type of person who prefers to learn through hands-on experience. Beauty schools already offer this to students—but what if we told you there was a way to learn on the job?

In some states, estheticians can serve as apprentices. As an apprentice, you spend your educational hours training at a workplace with licensed estheticians as your mentors.

This typically takes longer than going to beauty school, but the benefits can be enormous.

Does my State Allow Esthetician Apprenticeships?

Not every state allows apprenticeships for estheticians, but the following do:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

If your state is listed, you can search for esthetician apprenticeships in your area to find one suited to you!

How Long Does an Esthetician Apprenticeship Take?

The time it takes to complete an apprenticeship varies by state. This is because every state requires a differing amount of educational hours.

Some states may also require you to attend school along with your apprenticeship, so this isn’t a get-out-of-school-free card!

Most estheticians complete their education within six months. However, your state may require more or less time than this.

What’s almost certain is that you will spend more time in your apprenticeship than you would in esthetician school.

What are the Benefits of an Apprenticeship?

Serving as an apprentice can benefit you and your career in various ways, including:

  • More hands-on experience with clients and the business side of esthetics
  • Making connections that could lead to job opportunities down the road
  • Being more prepared to begin work once your educational hours end

Though experience is important, and an apprenticeship gives you a boost when beginning your career, the biggest thing here is connections.

No matter if you’re looking to work traditionally or begin your own business, connections to others in your field of work is invaluable!

Putting the extra time into an apprenticeship can help you get your foot in the door as an esthetician, but of course, it’s not for everyone!

It’s just one option you have as an inspiring esthetician. The great thing about this career is all the doors it opens for you.

Whichever you choose to walk through, we hope we’ve helped you in your decision-making!

Tell us in the comments: Do you plan to serve as an apprentice, or go to esthetician school? What advice would you give to someone still trying to decide?


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