Esthetician Schools in West Virginia

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200 Wedgewood Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 381-2638
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Hair Design

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Blush Platinum Academy – Accredited

114 Thompson Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Charleston School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

514 50th Street Southeast
Charleston, WV 25304

Elite Esthetics Institute – Accredited

115 Union Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25404

Huntigton School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

5636 U.S. Route 60 East Suite 2
Huntington, WV 25705

International Beauty School – Accredited

201 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Morgantown Beauty College – Accredited

276 Walnut Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

Smith Academy of Salon Professionals - Logan – Accredited

229 Stratton Street
Logan, WV 25601

The Palm Beauty Academy – Accredited

314 Goff Mountain Road Suite 2
Cross Lanes, WV 25313

Tri-State Beauty Academy – Accredited

65-A Cordial Court
Falling Waters, WV 25419

WVU Parkersburg School of Cosmetology and Aesthetics – Accredited

3113 Murdoch Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Accredited School

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 WV

Metro Average Tuition
Clarksburg / Weston $9,400
Charleston / Huntington $6,025

Comparing Program Costs in WV

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $15,125 - $25,000
Lowest range: $5,250 - $15,125
Average: $13,164
Esthetics/Skin Care School Costs
Highest range: $7,600 - $9,400
Lowest range: $5,800 - $7,600
Average: $7,363

How to Become a Esthetician in West Virginia

West Virginia Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 1 year.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • Average salary for estheticians in West Virginia is $29,370
  • There is a predicted 9% job increase between 2020-2030 for estheticians.

How to Become an Esthetician in West Virginia

To become an esthetician in West Virginia, you need to be at least 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent, graduate from an esthetician school, and pass a licensing exam.

West Virginia state law says an esthetician (which the state calls "aesthetician") can perform treatments enhancing the skin's appearance. They can use chemicals and mechanical or electrical tools; cleanse, groom, and beautify skin; remove hair; perform body wraps; apply artificial eyelashes or eyebrows; and lighten body hair.

To become an esthetician in West Virginia, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete 600 training hours at a licensed West Virginia esthetics program
  • Demonstrate good moral character
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a state esthetician licensing exam and pay the $107 fee
  • Pay a licensing fee of $35
  • Provide a certificate of good health from a licensed doctor

What to Expect from an Esthetician Program in West Virginia

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

An esthetician program in West Virginia should include at least 600 training hours. It must cover professional skills, science, skin disorders, facials, makeup, massage, and hair removal.

You must have earned at least 200 clock hours from your program before you can work with the general public on your practical skills.

The West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists (WVBBC) requires that an esthetics school should teach the following curriculum:

  • General Professional Information: 100 hours theory, 0 hours practical
    • Business Management
    • Communication
    • First Aid
    • Human Relations
    • Infection Control
    • Professional Development
    • Sanitation
    • State Law
  • Science of Aesthetics: 117 hours theory, 50 hours practical
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Chemistry
    • Electricity
    • Infection Control
    • Nutrition
  • Skin Sciences: 40 hours theory, 90 hours practical
    • Skin Analysis
    • Skin Care Products
    • Skin Disorders and Diseases
    • Skin Physiology
  • General Aesthetics: 36 hours theory, 167 hours practical
    • Basic Facials
    • Facial Massage
    • Hair Removal
    • Makeup
    • Treatment Room Setup

To teach esthetics in West Virginia, an esthetician school must meet board standards. These include having at least two classrooms; providing equipment like whiteboards, mirrors, shampoo bowls, reference books, and other equipment and furnishings; and having a clinic on site.

The school also must require students to attend at least 80% of their classes.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in West Virginia?

You can't apprentice as an esthetician in West Virginia. But, the state does allow apprenticeships for cosmetology and barbering.

West Virginia Esthetician Licensing Requirements

You must be an adult citizen or legal West Virginia resident who has finished high school (or the equivalent) and an esthetics program to get your license.

You also need to schedule a physical exam with your physician and have them complete a Certificate of Health form.

Finally, you need to have passed the licensing exam. West Virginia works with a third party, DL Roope, to administer its National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) exams. Schedule the exam through the DL Roope website.

When you apply, you also need to say if you want to download the results from the website or have them mailed.

The exam is in three parts: a 90-minute written exam that covers theory, a practical exam that lasts roughly three hours, and a 30-minute test of West Virginia state law.

The practical exam and state law test are only available in English. Additional languages are available for the written exam. State your preference when you apply to take the test.

Don't schedule until you receive notices about all three tests in the mail. Your exam fee of $107 expires if you don't schedule your written test within six months.

If you meet ADA requirements, you can request reasonable accommodations for the esthetics exams in West Virginia by submitting three forms with your test application:

  • Form A: completed by you
  • Form B: completed by a medical professional
  • Form C: completed by a school official

When you receive your admission letter to confirm your exam day, time, and location, bring the letter to the test site and a government-issued photo ID.

Your written exam covers the following topics:

  • Scientific Concepts (55%): Microbiology, infection control, safety procedures, human physiology and anatomy, skin disorders and diseases, understanding of the hair, and basic chemistry
  • Skin Care and Services (45%): Client consultation, protection, and documentation; contraindications; skin analysis; treatments; cleansing and steaming; exfoliation; massage; extraction; masks; facials; electrical equipment; makeup; temporary hair removal; body wraps; wellness services; and lash and brow services

Your practical exam includes the following skills:

  • Preparation of a work area, including setup of supplies
  • Preparation for two separate clients
  • Basic facial
  • Eyebrow waxing and tweezing
  • Facial makeup
  • Procedure for blood exposure

You perform these skills on a mannequin that has been board-approved before the test; models aren't allowed. Bring a set of supplies, including:

  • Client drapes
  • Container for water
  • Disposable bag for materials with blood contamination
  • Eyebrow hair removal supplies
  • Facial supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Flat-bottomed bags for soiled linens, trash, and items to be disinfected
  • Gloves
  • Makeup supplies
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues, cotton, sponges

You must receive at least 70% on all three sections of the exam to be considered passing. If you fail any part, you have to retake it.

If you choose to get your results on the website, you can access those in 7-10 days. Print the details, as results disappear from the site after two weeks.

You can't see your results online if you opt to receive them by mail. Your results letter has information about areas you did well on and ones where you need to improve. If needed, it also has information about rescheduling.

Once you have your results letter, you can apply for your esthetician license! Simply complete the initial license application found on the board's website and gather the following materials to submit with it:

  • $35 license fee
  • Notarized school transcripts
  • Exam results letter
  • Copy of your high school diploma or GED
  • Copy of your photo ID
  • Copy of your Social Security card
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Certificate of Health form completed by your doctor

Mail the packet to:

PO Box 40235
Charleston, WV 25364

West Virginia Esthetician License Reciprocity

West Virginia doesn't have any reciprocity agreements with other states that allow their practitioners to practice here. But if you have a license in another state, you can get your West Virginia license if you:

  • Have a valid license in another state
  • Have no charges pending against you
  • Pay $35 for your license
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Are a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States
  • Have a completed Certificate of Health form

Esthetician Specialties in West Virginia

In West Virginia, it's possible to specialize in waxing by receiving a certification as a waxing specialist. You don't need to complete a full esthetics program to earn this certification.

Like the esthetics license, you must meet age, citizenship, and education requirements. But a waxing certification only requires 125 hours of training. You’ll also need to pass an exam, pay fees, and submit an application.

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

The WVBBC requires that you renew your esthetician license every year on or before January 1. Complete the renewal form found on the application page on the board's website and send it, along with your $35 fee, to the WVBBC.

West Virginia also requires estheticians to complete four hours of continuing education credits each year. Once you have had your license for 20 years, you don't have to do this. But, you do need to take a three-hour sanitation class every other year.

West Virginia Esthetics Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetics in West Virginia

Estheticians, or skin care specialists, in West Virginia earned an average annual income of $29,370, or $14.12 per hour, in May 2021.

It's expected that skin care specialist jobs will grow by 9% in West Virginia between 2020 and 2030.

The highest-paying metro area for estheticians in the greater West Virginia area is the extended DC metro area, at a median of $44,600 per year.

Contact the West Virginia State Board of Esthetics

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

Resources for Estheticians in West Virginia

West Virginia Estheticians
This is a Facebook page hosted by the National Coalition of Estheticians Association. Estheticians in West Virginia can find information about rules and regulations, continuing education, certifications, and more.

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