Esthetician Schools in Connecticut

Connecticut can be a fantastic place to start your beauty career if you want to work as an esthetician and also expand your services. The state offers a unique combination license option that enables you to work as an eyelash technician and nail technician, in addition to focusing on skin care! In addition, the average annual earnings for an esthetician in Connecticut is 53% higher than the national average—no doubt driven by some of Connecticut’s high cost of living areas such as the Gold Coast, but still promising for those considering entering the profession.

Browse our directory of esthetician schools in Connecticut, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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Academy Di Capelli – Accredited

1010 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 6108

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering
Academy Di Capelli – Accredited

950 Yale Avenue Unit 20
Wallingford, CT 6492

(203) 294-9496
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry

45 Shunpike Road Suite 10
Cromwell, CT 06416

Programs:
Esthetics, Massage Therapy

153 North Street
Seymour, CT 6483

(203) 888-0097
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics
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Belle Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

27A South Commons Road
Waterbury, CT 6704

Branford Academy of Hair and Cosmetology – Accredited

251 West Main Street
Branford, CT 6405

Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences

800 Main Street South Suite 110
Southbury, CT 6488

International Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

632 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 6109

Ricci's Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

99 South Main Street
Newtown, CT 6470
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You must attend school in the state you want to practice in. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited school. Learn more about the requirements in your state.

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How to Become a Esthetician in Connecticut

Connecticut Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in Connecticut is $63,940.
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2020–2030 for estheticians.

Until 2020, Connecticut was the only state that didn't require an esthetician license to practice. Today, no one is allowed to practice esthetics in the state without a license from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

In Connecticut, esthetics refers to a wide range of skin care treatments, including cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and providing facials. As an esthetician in Connecticut, you may also perform makeup application, apply lashes and brows, or remove unwanted hair.

The requirements to become an esthetician in Connecticut now include the following:

Esthetician Salary and Projected Job Growth in Connecticut

$63,940

Average yearly salary for esthetics in Connecticut

The projected employment growth for estheticians in Connecticut is 12% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Skin care specialists in Connecticut earned an average yearly salary of $63,940 or $30.74 per hour in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is much higher than the average annual wage for skin care specialists nationwide, which was $41,700 per year ($20.05 per hour) during the same period.

In fact, Connecticut is the second highest-paying state for estheticians in the country, second only to the District of Columbia. The top 10% of skin care specialists in Connecticut earn $77,390 or more.

However, even within the state, salaries greatly vary based on location and industry. The highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Connecticut are:

Metro Area 2020 Median Salary
Waterbury, CT $94,070
Danbury, CT $57,900
New Haven, CT $57,840
Worcester, CT $48,640
Springfield, CT $46,200
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $44,670
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT $37,380

Table information sourced from O*Net (2022)

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in Connecticut

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health requires 600 esthetician training hours from an approved school for you to earn licensure. A school must follow current infection prevention and control guidelines to become approved.

Although estheticians receive training in eyelash application, you will need an additional license if you want to do so regularly. You can obtain a license as an eyelash technician with only 50 hours of study. You must also earn additional licensure to work on nails. Luckily, Connecticut makes it easy to obtain multiple beauty-related licenses.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Connecticut?

Unfortunately, there aren't apprenticeships available for aspiring estheticians in Connecticut. The state does offer a barbering apprenticeship opportunity if you decide to expand your skillset in the future.

Connecticut Esthetician Licensing Requirements

Unlike other states in the U.S., Connecticut doesn't require esthetician license applicants to pass written or practical exams as part of the licensing process.

To apply, aspiring estheticians who've completed their training can pay the licensing application fee online via the Connecticut eLicense web portal. You'll also use the online portal to submit necessary documentation when applying, such as a certificate of completion from your approved beauty school that shows at least 600 hours of esthetics study.

The department reviews each application independently. However, the state may deny licensure if you have committed a felony or any violation that doesn't meet the standards of your profession. They look at factors like the nature of the act, time frame, and extent of rehabilitation to determine your eligibility.

Connecticut Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

You may apply for a Connecticut license if you hold an esthetician license in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the U.S. The state grants out-of-state licensure as long as your license is in good standing when you apply in Connecticut. You must also have at least two years of work experience in another state, district, or territory immediately preceding licensure in Connecticut.

For reciprocity, you must submit:

  • A photograph
  • An online application
  • $100 application fee
  • Proof of your current license to practice as an esthetician
  • An affidavit confirming at least two years of work experience

Esthetician Specialties in Connecticut

In Connecticut, you can also apply for a combination license to become an esthetician, eyelash technician (50 hours), and/or nail technician (100 hours). This combination is a unique type of license that allows you to earn either two licenses for $100 or all three for $200. The renewal fee is only $100 every two years, saving you money over time.

To qualify for a combination license, you must complete the training requirements in each field. Select the "combination license" category and the licenses you wish to apply for on your online application.

Esthetician License Renewal in Connecticut

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Esthetician licenses expire every two years in Connecticut. To renew your license in the state, you must pay a $100 renewal fee and renew online using the portal.

If you don't renew your license in time, you must get your license reinstated if you want to practice esthetics. Reinstatement applicants need to submit:

  • A resume or CV
  • An online application and the $100 fee
  • Verification of any current or expired licenses
  • Verification of your most recent esthetician experience

Some jurisdictions may also charge a fee with your application. If you have not been in active practice for at least five years, you must complete refresher training.

Contact the Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Public Health

The Office of Higher Education
Through CT.gov, the Office of Higher Education has an academic program search function you can use to find an approved esthetician school in Connecticut. Search for "cosmetology" or "esthetics" under "Program or Field of Study."

Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP)
This national association provides several services and resources for estheticians, including education, liability insurance, and career support.

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