Esthetician Schools in Florida

The demand for estheticians in Florida is growing, meaning now may be the perfect time to start your career as an esthetician.

If you're searching for "esthetician licenses" in Florida, you may find yourself coming up empty. This could be because Florida doesn't use the term "esthetician" for these professionals. Instead, they use "facial specialist" and "full specialist." Additionally, they don't license in these areas—they provide registrations.

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

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2800 34th Street North
Largo, FL 33771

(727) 532-2125
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

3665 East Bay Drive Suite 164
St Petersburg, FL 33713

(727) 826-0969
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

4951-A Adamo Drive
Tampa, FL 33605

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited

7820 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434

(561) 487-1191
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry, Electrology, Barbering
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited

7271 North State Road 7
Parkland, FL 33073

(954) 866-1011
Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

2995 Langley Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504

(850) 478-3362
Esthetics, Laser Hair Removal
Cortiva Institute – Accredited

2600 Lake Lucien Drive #140
Maitland, FL 32751

Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry
Cortiva Institute – Accredited

2001 West Sample Road Suite 100
Pompano Beach, FL 33064

(954) 975-6400
Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry

51 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317

(813) 443-0745
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

1271 Semoran Boulevard
Casselberry, FL 32707

(407) 681-2410
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Electrology, Barbering

420 South State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

(954) 922-5505
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Electrology, Barbering

5000 Coconut Creek Parkway C
Margate, FL 33063

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

7587-7599 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

(561) 547-6333
Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

7575 Kingspointe Parkway Suite #26
Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 663-0005

1660 Northeast 185th Street
Miami, FL 33179

(833) 527-5349
NUC University – Accredited

3831 West Wine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

(407) 483-5700
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

552 East Woolbright Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

(561) 733-2223
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

3679 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 933-2468
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

3244 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33594

(813) 933-2468
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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Academy of Beauty and Business – Accredited

3301 3rd Avenue North Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Academy of Career Training – Accredited

3501 West Vine Street Suite 111
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

4850 Stack Boulevard Units F01-07
Melbourne, FL 32901

American Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1330 Blanding Boulevard Suite 125
Orange Park, FL 32065

American Beauty Schools – Accredited

8100 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144

ASM Beauty World Academy

6672 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33020

Aveda Institute – Accredited

2020 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

AW Advanced Aesthetic Training

1239 East Newport Center Suite #106
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Be Aveda – Accredited

28272 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761

Be Aveda – Accredited

4186 South University Drive
Davie, FL 33328

Be Aveda – Accredited

10601 San Jose Boulevard Suite 7
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Beauty Academy of South Florida – Accredited

9800 Northwest 77 Avenue
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Beauty and Health Institute

11309 Countryway Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33626

Beauty and Massage Institute – Accredited

719 17th Street Vero
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Beauty Schools of America

1060 West 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012

Celebrity School of Beauty – Accredited

5090 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Celebrity School of Beauty – Accredited

8478 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144

Dolly Monroe Beauty Studios & Academy

10359 Cross Creek Boulevard Suite E
Tampa, FL 33747

Elise Esthetic Institute

903 Lake Lily Drive Suite A103-A105
Maitland, FL 32751

Fashion Focus Hair Academy

2184 Gulf Gate Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231

First Coast Technical College – Accredited

2980 Collins Avenue
Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Florida Academy of Medical Aesthetics

11280 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Florida Academy – Accredited

4387 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Florida College of Natural Health

2600 Lake Lucien Drive Suite #240
Maitland, FL 32751

Florida Gateway College

Highway 90 East
Lake City, FL 32025

Florida Massage and Beauty Institute – Accredited

3911 West Waters Avenue Suite
Tampa, FL 33614

Florida Technical College

12520 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Focus 4 Beauty Career Institute

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Futura Career Institute – Accredited

4512 West 12Th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Gadsden Technical Institute – Accredited

201 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Quincy, FL 32351

Gulf Coast Academy

13981 Mcgregor Boulevard Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33919

International Academy – Accredited

2550 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona, FL 32119

Kaizen Beauty Academy – Accredited

8405 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Keiser University

1500 Northwest 49th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Lake Technical College – Accredited

2001 Kurt Street
Eustis, FL 32726

Latin Beauty Academy – Accredited

6348 Forest Hill Boulevard
Greenacres, FL 33415

Loraines Academy & Spa – Accredited

1012 58th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33710

Manatee Technical College – Accredited

6305 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34203

McDougle Technical Institute – Accredited

1901 North Federal Highway Unit 201
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

North Florida Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2424 Allen Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Nouveau Contour USA

111 North Orange Avenue #775
Orlando, FL 32801

Nouvelle Institute – Accredited

500 West 49 Street Second Floor
Hialeah, FL 33012

Orange Technical College – Accredited

955 East Story Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Parisian Spa Institute – Accredited

1045 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Pensacola State College

1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

Pinellas Technical College

901 34th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Prestige Health & Beauty Sciences Academy – Accredited

3845 North East 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Salon Gurus

11300 Lindbergh Boulevard Suites 103-292
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Summit Salon Academy – Accredited

6915 Northwest 4th Boulevard Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32607

Summit Salon Academy – Accredited

4802 Gunn Highway Suite 144
Tampa, FL 33624

Suncoast Technical College – Accredited

4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL 34233

The Esthetic Association Florida

2151 Consulate Drive Suite 2
Orlando, FL 32837

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

1388 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

1700 West New Haven Avenue Suite 540A
Melbourne, FL 32904
Accredited School

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 Florida

Florida Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 220 education hours (facial specialist) or 400 education hours (full specialist) are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 10 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in Florida is $33,930 ($16.31/hour). This is higher than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 19% job increase between 2016–2026 for estheticians. This is higher than the expected national growth of 11%.

In Florida, estheticians are divided into two types: facial specialists and full specialists (more on those later).

To become an esthetician in Florida, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old or have earned a high school diploma
  • Complete 220 hours of facial specialization training or complete 400 hours of full specialist training
  • Complete a four-hour-long HIV/Aids course approved by Florida's Board of Cosmetology

There aren't any exams required for facial or full specialist registrations. It's worth noting these are "registrations," not "licenses," though you do need to have this registration to practice.

If you ever want to become a cosmetologist in the state, you'll need to take additional courses and earn a standard license.

What are the Differences Between Florida's Facial Specialist and Full Specialist Fields?

A facial specialist may perform facial and basic scalp treatments in a licensed salon. This program takes 220 hours to complete.

A full specialist may provide facial and nail services after 400 training hours.

There's a separate nail specialist license available, which requires 180 training hours. If you only have the time or money to complete a facial or nail specialty program, you may undergo training in the other field later if you want to work as a full specialist. The combined number of hours equals the full specialist training hours.

Florida Esthetician Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetician in Florida

The esthetician profession is growing rapidly in the United States with a 17% projected job growth rate. In Florida, the profession is growing at an even faster pace, with a projected 19% job growth for skincare specialists.

Florida estheticians earn an average of $33,930 per year ($16.31/hour) as of 2019.

The highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Florida are:

  • Tallahassee: $46,890
  • Jacksonville: $39,080
  • Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island: $38,990
  • Punta Gorda: $36,950
  • Port St. Lucie: $35,180

It would be wise to assume this amount is particularly relevant to full specialists; the state doesn't provide specific information for facial specialists alone. By comparison, Florida's manicurists and pedicurists—who provide about half the services full specialists do—make an average of $27,240 ($13.10).

What to Expect From a Esthetician Program in Florida

220 - 400 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetician license

Florida requires 220 hours of training to become a facial specialist and 400 hours of education for full specialist registration.

As these aren't full licenses, there isn't a prescribed curriculum for either registration. However, your coursework needs to cover all skills you'll use in your career, including:

  • Facial and scalp massage
  • Use of oils, creams, and lotions on the face
  • Manicure and pedicure skills, including hand massage, nail extensions, and artificial nails (for full specialist)

You're also expected to undergo a four-hour HIV/AIDS course and have extensive knowledge of state laws, rules, and regulations, as well as sanitation and sterilization.

You have several options when it comes to completing your esthetician studies. You can pursue training at a private cosmetology school licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, public school, government-operated cosmetology program, or the Cosmetology Division of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Schools must be accredited.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Florida?

Florida doesn't accept apprenticeship licenses or education.

Florida Esthetician Licensing Requirements

You don't need to take the cosmetology licensure examination to become registered as a facial or full specialist in Florida.

However, you must complete 220 hours of facial specialty training or 400 hours of full specialty training along with completing a four-hour-long, board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS course.

After finishing your education, you can apply for registration. You need to pay a $75 fee to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation as part of your application for both specialties.

Florida Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

If you have a valid and current license or registration from another state, you may be eligible for endorsement if the other state's requirements meet or exceed Florida's requirements.

If you're moving to Florida from another country, you aren't eligible for an endorsement. However, a cosmetology school can look at your previous training and give you credit for none, some, or all of your required hours.

Active duty members of the military, National Guard members, veterans, and their spouses applying for reciprocity can have their application fees waived, reimbursed, or discounted.

What Procedures Can Florida Estheticians Not Perform?

While some of these treatments may be permitted in other states, Florida doesn't allow any beauty professionals to perform the following:

  • Dermaplaning
  • Electrolysis
  • IPL hair removal
  • Laser treatments
  • Microblading
  • Microneedling

These are all considered medical treatments. If you want to perform any of these, check into regulations from Florida Health.

License Renewal

2 Year

License renewal period

10 Hours

Continuing education required

Registrations for specialists are broken up into two groups. The first group's registrations expire on October 31 of every odd year, and the second expires on that same day every even year.

As of 2021, renewal fees have been waived. In some cases, late fees may also be waived. However, this may only last until the end of the COVID-19 crisis, so it's important to keep an eye on the board website for updates.

Traditionally, the fee has been $45.

You must complete 10 hours of continuing education and pay the renewal fee before midnight EST on the expiration date.

Below are the continuing education requirements for both facial and full specialists:

  • One hour on HIV/AIDS
  • Three hours on sanitation and sterilization
  • 30 minutes on Occupational Safety Health Administration
  • 30 minutes on workers' compensation
  • Two hours on laws and rules
  • One hour on chemical makeup
  • One hour on environmental issues
  • One hour covering any subject related to the practice of cosmetology

Contact the Florida State Board of Esthetics

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Resources for Estheticians in Florida

The Board of Cosmetology
Responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology in the state

The Florida Association of Cosmetology and Technical Schools (FACTS)
Advocates on behalf of beauty schools, educators, and students in Florida

Esthetics Association Florida
Focuses on education, working conditions, and networking

Florida Spa Association (FSA)
Provides continuing education, product access, and networking and employment opportunities for spa professionals

Esthetics/Skin Care

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