Esthetician Schools in Indiana

If you love the beauty industry and want to focus on skin care, you can become an esthetician and earn your license in Indiana with just 700 hours of training at an approved beauty school. Browse our directory of esthetician schools in Indiana, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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1681 North College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

(812) 339-1117
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics

2549 Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

(219) 838-2004
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

833 Ferry Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology
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Aveda Fredric's Institute – Accredited

6020 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Christina and Company Education Center – Accredited

220 Meijer Drive
Lafayette, IN 47905

Don Roberts School of Hair Design – Accredited

152 East U.S. Route 30
Schererville, IN 46375

Fuqua Institute – Accredited

7061 Twin Oaks Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226

J. Michael Harrold Beauty Academy – Accredited

2232 Wabash Avenue Terre
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Madame Barbara's Accelerated Cosmetology School

455 West Springhill Road
Terre Haute, IN 47802

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1012 C East Main Street
Brownsburg, IN 46112

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1400 West Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

4010 South Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

2026 Stafford Road
Plainfield, IN 46168

PJ's College of Cosmetology

50 Hayes Arboretum Road
Richmond, IN 47374

Prestige Bilingual Beuaty Institute – Accredited

8015 Pendleton Pike Suite S
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Ravenscroft Beauty College – Accredited

4530 Lahmeyer Road Fort
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Rudae's School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

5317 Coldwater Road Coldwater Crossing
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

5545 Vogel Road
Evansville, IN 47715

Vogue Beauty College

28236 Charlotte Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517

Vogue Beauty College

301 Lincoln Way Wes
Mishawaka, IN 46544
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How to Become a Esthetician in Indiana

Indiana Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 700 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 4 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in Indiana is $35,400.
  • There is a predicted 11% job increase between 2018–2028 for estheticians.

Estheticians treat various skin flaws, improve skin health, erase aging signs, and apply makeup to enhance the face. Sometimes they also remove hair using wax, but they don’t treat skin diseases.

The requirements to become an esthetician in Indiana include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a 10th grade education or equivalent
  • Complete 700 hours of training at an Indiana beauty school
  • Submit proof of your education via a Beauty Culture Education Certification form
  • Pass the written exam
  • Apply online and pay a $40 fee
  • Submit name change documentation for any legal name change
  • If you have a conviction record, include a copy with the type, date, time served, and any probation

Esthetician Salary and Projected Job Growth in Indiana

$35,400

Average yearly salary for esthetics in Indiana

The employment outlook is positive for Indiana estheticians, with a projected 11% job growth for skin care specialists in the state from 2018 to 2028. While this is less than half the projected growth nationwide (29%), it’s still faster than average for all occupations.

Skin care specialists in Indiana earned an average annual salary of $35,400 or $17.02 per hour in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This pay equates to a median hourly wage of $14.59. Comparatively, skin care specialists nationwide earned an average wage of $41,700 annually or $20.05 hourly.

However, salaries also vary based on industry and location. According to the BLS, skin care specialists in physician offices, hospitals, and other health practitioner offices earn the highest wages. Cities also tend to offer higher salaries than nonmetropolitan areas.

Median esthetician salaries for several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan in Indiana are:

Metro Area 2020 Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI $39,510
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN $31,160
Louisville/Jefferson County, IN $30,890
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN $28,830
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area $22,700
Fort Wayne, IN $21,530
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area $18,060

Table information sourced from the O*Net (2022)

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in Indiana

700 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Cosmetology & Barber division issues licenses to estheticians. You must complete 700 training hours in esthetics at an Indiana beauty school, and your school must complete the Beauty Culture Education Certification form for you to apply for licensure.

Your esthetician education splits between the classroom and hands-on practical training. Expect your school to ask you to track the number of practice hours or projects you complete and have your instructor sign and initial your performance in a progress report. The projects may include treatments like:

  • Skin care analysis/consultations
  • Facial cleansing
  • Massage
  • Acne treatments
  • Facials
  • Hand and foot treatments
  • Makeup application
  • Eyelash applications
  • Waxing
  • Sterilization and sanitation
  • Advanced esthetic techniques
  • Salesmanship

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Indiana?

Unfortunately, apprenticeships are not currently available for aspiring estheticians in Indiana.

Indiana Esthetician Licensing Requirements

Once you earn 700 training hours at a state-approved program and pass the written test, you are ready to apply for licensure. You can submit your application online at MyLicense.IN.gov or mail in a paper application with your $40 fee and any supporting documentation. You also need to submit the education certification form and a notice from PSI that shows you passed the written exam.

To take your esthetician exam, you need pre-approval. First, your school notifies the test administrator, PSI, of your eligibility. PSI then sends you an email confirmation, and you can schedule your exam online at www.psiexams.com or by calling (855) 898-0713. The exam is $48.

On the day of your examination, make sure to arrive at the testing site 30 minutes early with two forms of valid identification. The exam takes 90 minutes to complete, encompassing 95 total questions. You must pass with a score of 75% or higher. If you fail the written test, you can retake the exam unlimited times for one year without taking additional courses.

The exam content outline includes:

  • Rules, Regulations & Safety (35%)
  • Esthetic Science and Skin Analysis (15%)
  • Facials (20%)
  • Hair Removal (15%)
  • Makeup (10%)
  • Electricity and Electrotherapy (5%)

Indiana Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

If you hold an esthetician license in another state or country, you may apply for licensure by reciprocity. Applicants must pay a $40 fee and include a copy of their certification from the state or country they previously worked in (or an English translation if the documents come from a foreign country).

You must be at least 18 years of age, have completed 10th grade and at least 700 hours of esthetics education, and received a minimum 70% passing score on the written and practical exams. Submit a transcript of your high school diploma and beauty school transcript if your education took place outside of the U.S.

Anyone with a conviction record must also include a copy that states the nature of the convictions, date, time served, probation, etc.

Indiana does give some leeway if your previous state or country had varying requirements to become an esthetician. For example, if the state didn’t require 700 training hours, you may exchange one year of licensed practice for 100 hours of education. However, you must have at least 400 hours of esthetics training at a beauty school.

If your jurisdiction doesn’t require a license to practice esthetics, you also can apply for a provisional esthetician license in Indiana. You must, however, submit proof of sufficient training or experience.

Esthetician Specialties in Indiana

There are several specialty services in Indiana that you don’t need to earn a license for, such as hair braiding. Indiana code doesn’t require you to have a license to apply eyelash extensions, perform natural hair braiding services, or engage in threading eyebrows.

Other beauty industry licenses available in Indiana include barber, cosmetologist, beauty culture instructor, electrologist, and manicurist.

License Renewal

4 Years

License renewal period

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Continuing education required

You must renew an Indiana esthetician license every four years. The licensing agency establishes the renewal date, and you can expect to receive a notice in the mail around 90 days before your license’s expiration date. To renew your license online, you need to pay a $40 fee before expiration. You may also print and mail the renewal application.

If you fail to renew on or before the expiration date, your license becomes invalid, and if too much time goes by, you must get your license reinstated. A late renewal comes with an additional $50 fee.

Contact the Indiana State Board of Esthetics

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

MyLicense
The Indiana Licensing Enterprise (or your MyLicense account) is your online portal for applying for esthetician licensure, renewing your license, or checking your application status.

PSI Candidate Information Bulletin
The CIB for the Indiana esthetician written exam includes application instructions and content outlines for the test.

Indiana Estheticians Facebook Page
This site, hosted by the National Coalition of Estheticians Association, provides information on Indiana’s regulatory board and how to become NCEA certified.

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