Master Esthetician Washington State – Grandfathering Classes?

beauty-school-graduateI was on the phone with the Department of Licensing yesterday inquiring on the status of the new proposed rules for the Master Esthetics License.   The manager told me that the rules should be coming out shortly and am excited to see the guidelines.

There have been a number of Estheticians that have shared that they are in the process for signing up for their grandfathering classes to ensure that they get their Masters Esthetics license.   They said that there are trainers and medical spas that are already taking deposits for classes.   My question to these Estheticians; how are the assured that you will get credit towards the new license when the state hasn’t issued guidelines?   The state hasn’t issued the rules, forms or requirement of what these classes will cover to confirm certification.  I personally have received solicitation materials from vendors and trainers claiming that there program will meet the requirements.  My question:  How are you so certain when you don’t have rules to reference?

I’ve been to a number of the hearings, spoke with state officials and gave input on the rules, and feel fairly confident in how the rules will roll out.  But it isn’t until rules are issued that you have certainty.  My suggestion:  Estheticians, you should wait to put down any deposits or sign up for any classes until the rules come out.   I’m not suggesting that all these vendors and medical spas are misleading, but I would say they are overly anxious.

I know that for our college that will have training programs to support Estheticians to get grandfathered, but won’t be rolling those out until we can cross check it with rules.

Please let me know if you agree or disagree with my position by posting comments below 🙂


Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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lucille mendiola
lucille mendiola
9 years ago

I am interested the dates of your modules. I wanted to register towards this summer to avail of the Master Licensing. I have acquired my cosmetology license in the State of Washington since 1994, then I went to Aesthetic school in the Philippines but the books that was use by my instructor is the same book that she taught in New York. Seven Brown was my teacher from Atelier Institute in Manhattan. I have done 300 hours of all that is required. I decided not to take the ITEC exam because I have decided that I was going back here in Seattle. Kindly advise me on what to do. Thanks. My one # is 206-765-8214.