Esthetician Schools in Idaho

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10222 West Fairview Avenue
Boise, ID 83704

(208) 345-6164
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology

837 Pole Line Road Suite 103 Suite 103
Twin Falls, ID 83301

(208) 644-8582
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology

141 East Chubbuck Road
Chubbuck, ID 83202

(208) 269-7576
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1270 South Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83709

(208) 901-7972
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, Teacher Training

410 Neider Avenue Suite B
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

(208) 281-5348
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

113 Main Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301

(208) 287-4075
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2463 East Gala Street Suite 110
Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 229-7546

120 Holly Street
Nampa, ID 83686

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

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Academy Di Firenze

149 West Main Street
Jerome, ID 83338

Academy of Cosmetology - Post Falls

1600 East Seltice Way Suite A
Post Falls, ID 83854

Austin Kade Academy – Accredited

1646 South Woodruff Avenue
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Cosmetology School of Arts and Sciences – Accredited

485 East 5th Street North
Burley, ID 83318

Downtown Barber School – Accredited

275 Cliff Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Headmasters School of Hair Design – Accredited

602 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

6843 North Strawberry Glen Road 140
Boise, ID 83714

Paul Mitchell The School Rexburg – Accredited

557 Mariah Avenue
Rexburg, ID 83440

Vogue Beauty School

247 Cliff Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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Cost of Esthetician School Across ID

Metro Average Tuition
Boise $9,121
Idaho Falls / Pocatello $8,304
Twin Falls $7,649

Comparing Program Costs in ID

Esthetics/Skin Care School Costs
Highest range: $7,645 - $10,189
Lowest range: $5,100 - $7,645
Average: $8,293
Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $16,450 - $20,600
Lowest range: $12,300 - $16,450
Average: $17,215

How to Become a Esthetician in Idaho

Idaho Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours or 1,200 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • Average salary for estheticians in Idaho is $39,180.
  • There is a predicted 18% job increase between 2020-2030 for estheticians.

How to Become an Esthetician in Idaho

To become an esthetician in Idaho, you have to be at least 16 ½ years old and have completed grade 10, train in esthetics, and pass two tests.

In the state of Idaho, you can choose between an esthetician education program or an apprenticeship to complete your training hours. Esthetician training programs in Idaho include 600 hours of instruction. Apprenticeships last for 1,200 training hours.

After training, you must pass written and practical exams after training. These standardized esthetics tests (NIC exams) are the most common in the country.

You also need to pass a criminal background check. If you have a record, submit paperwork explaining this history. Be sure to detail what you've done to turn things around.

After completing your exams and training, submit your application with a $25 fee.

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in Idaho

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

Idaho esthetician programs are 600 hours, which includes learning in anatomy, makeup, skincare, and other classes.

Any school offering an Idaho-approved esthetics curriculum teaches:

  • Diseases of the skin, glands, and nails
  • Electricity as it applies to esthetics
  • Hair removal
  • Histology of the skin, muscles, and nerves
  • Idaho esthetics laws and rules
  • Machines used in esthetics
  • Makeup
  • Massaging and manipulating muscles
  • Structure of the head, face, and neck

The Idaho Barber and Cosmetology Services Licensing Board (BCB) issues licenses to esthetician programs.

Licensed beauty schools with esthetician programs need at least one instructor per 20 students. Schools also need the correct equipment, including all major machines estheticians use. Esthetician programs must hold regular classes and exams, give grades, and take attendance. Finally, schools must teach about hygiene and sanitary procedures alongside expected esthetics topics.

To earn their initial licenses, esthetician schools must give the state board:

  • A completed application
  • A fee of $325 for the original license
  • A detailed log of all curriculum and courses
  • A $20,000 Surety Bond
  • A detailed copy of the school's floorplan
  • A list of all instructors

Apprenticing as an Esthetician in Idaho

1,200 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

You can also become an esthetician in Idaho through a 1,200-hour apprenticeship. The program has to be in an approved shop with a licensed mentor.

Before beginning your apprenticeship training program, you need to complete an application. Along with your application, provide the following:

  • Breakdown of the curriculum and training hours
  • Color copy of your government-issued ID
  • Proof you've completed the 10th grade
  • Shop diagram
  • $50 application fee

Your apprenticeship shouldn't take longer than 38 weeks to complete. Training should mirror the instruction from an esthetician program.

Idaho Esthetician Licensing Requirements

To get your Idaho esthetician license, you must pass two exams and pay a $25 fee after finishing training.

You can register for your tests when you're 90% finished training. As of January 2023, Idaho transitioned to a new scheduling system—ProV—so you need to sign up for your tests there. If you’ll need ADA accommodations, submit a request to the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses.

One of your tests is a written theory exam, and the other is a practical exam with demonstrations. You can take your written and practical exams on the same or different days.

Dress professionally, and bring your registration form, ID, and supply kit (for the practical exam) on test day. Cover identifying information of any sort on your clothes and kit. You have three hours to complete the practical exam.

Pack your supply kit to include everything for your demonstrations. Triple-check to ensure it has everything you need; you can't borrow anything. You need to bring a mannequin, as real models aren't allowed.

Label all your supplies in English (you'll be graded on this!).

The things you need to do during the practical exam are:

  • Prepare your work area for each demonstration
  • Prepare the "client" ahead for each demo
  • Give your mannequin a basic facial
  • Shape and wax your mannequin's eyebrows
  • Putting makeup on your mannequin
  • Run through the procedure for a blood exposure

The written exam is 90 minutes long and has 110 items. You'll be tested on:

  • Scientific concepts (55%)
  • Skincare and services (45%)

Your exam results are available in 7-10 business days.

Idaho Esthetician License Reciprocity

If you're an esthetician moving to Idaho, you can get a new license via endorsement or training.

Endorsement is allowed if your training was similar to or more extensive than Idaho's requirements. Provide your active license to the BCB for review. If it all checks out, you get that license.

You need more training if your previous education was less extensive than Idaho requires of its estheticians. But you don't need to start from scratch. Your options are:

  1. Classwork: Subtract 60 hours for every six months you've been working as an esthetician from the 600 you need in Idaho. For example, if you were an esthetician in Missouri for two years—four sets of six months—you can take off 240 hours as a result of your professional work experience. Now, you only need to take 360 esthetician training hours in Idaho.
  2. Apprenticeship: Subtract 120 hours from your apprenticeship for every six months of work experience. If you were a Missouri esthetician for two years, you need 720 apprenticeship hours instead of 1,200.

Esthetician License Renewal in Idaho

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

You must renew your Idaho esthetician license every year on the anniversary of when you got the license. The renewal fee is $25.

Idaho doesn't require continuing education courses to renew your license. But, you should brush up on the latest skincare and makeup trends.

Esthetician Salary and Projected Job Growth in Idaho


Average yearly salary for esthetics in Idaho

Estheticians in Idaho can expect to earn around $39,180 per year ($18.84 per hour). The number of esthetician jobs in Idaho could grow by 18% between 2020 and 2030.

The highest-paying Idaho locations for estheticians are:

Metro Area 2021 Median Salary
Coeur d’Alene $30,030
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area $29,670
Boise City $29,350

Table information from O*Net (2023)

Contact the Idaho State Board of Esthetics

Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses

Resources for Estheticians in Idaho

Idaho Barber and Cosmetology Services Licensing Board FAQs
Answers to the most asked questions about beauty licensing in Idaho (note that these questions and answers are not specific to esthetics)

Idaho Estheticians
Facebook page where Idaho estheticians and esthetician students can network and ask questions

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