Standards & Regulatory Positions

NCEA's Mission Statement

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.

NCEA is protecting your right to practice by...

  • Providing professional excellence through the NCEA Certified credential
  • Approving continuing education through the Commission on Accreditation
  • Advocating to strengthen your voice and position with state regulatory boards

When NCEA is alerted of a regulatory issue or concern by member, or a state licensing board, we work proactively with the concerned parties, to a positive resolution. Development of National Standards and Positions are an essential tool of advocacy.

For example, use of the term “Chemical Peeling” has caused concern with regulatory boards and the medical community, that  Esthetician licensees could be practicing medicine without proper training. The NCEA had previously issued a position encouraging estheticians to use the term “Chemical Exfoliation” and receive the necessary theoretical and practical education as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules.

     *See NCEA14 Hour Chemical Exfoliation Curriculum


Had the NCEA not become involved in this issue, the right to practice chemical exfoliation may have been removed from the estheticians’ scope of practice in several states.

Advocacy Presentation ppt. (3.3.12) 

Apprenticeship Position (7.12.06)  

Esthetician 600 Hour Job Task Analysis (1.27.07)

Esthetician 1200 Hour Job Task Analysis (1.27.07)

Chemical Exfoliation Procedures (6.27.05)

NCEA's Code of Ethics (1.29.08 Revision)

Continuing Education Credits (6.9.05)

Esthetic Equipment Evaluation (6.7.04)

Esthetician Apprenticeship Definition (7.12.06)  

Esthetician Internship Definition (7.12.06)  

Laser & Light Therapy Position   (1.30.2006) 

Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) Position (1.30.2006)
     LIght Emitting Diode (LEDs) Position Update (10.18.2013)

Medical Spa Definition (6.27.05)

Microcurrent Procedures (6.27.05) 

Microdermabrasion Position (6.27.05)

Removing Skin Care From Cosmetology License (1.30.2006)

  • Separation of Skin Care From the Cosmetology Scope or Practice (Revised Title 6.11.2007)

UltraSound Position (1.19.03) 

Use of Esthetician Titles (1.30.2006) 

Use of FDA Approved Energy-Based Devices & Therapies (1.30.2006)