Master Esthetician Washington State

EstheticsThe landscape of esthetics is changing in Washington State.   Currently, Washington requires an esthetician to have 600 hours of training from a licensed school. A student must then pass an examination and apply for licensure.    They are able to engage in the practice of esthetics which is defined in the law to include;  “… care of the skin by application and use of preparations, antiseptics, tonics, essential oils, or exfoliants, or by any device or equipment, electrical or otherwise, or by wraps, compresses, cleansing, conditioning, stimulation, pore extraction, or product application and removal; the temporary removal of superfluous hair by means of lotions, creams, mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance, waxing, tweezing, or depilatories; tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows; and lightening the hair, except the scalp, on another person.”

With the passing of House Bill 1779, on January 1st, 2014 the minimum hours will increase to 750 hours and certain allowed practices will be divided into a two tier license.   The first tier will include many of current scope, with the exception of lasers removal of hair by means of mechanical or electrical apparatus.  This bill introduces a second tiered license known as a Master Esthetic Program at 1200 hours which further defines their scope to include medium depth peels and the use of medical devices for care of the skin and permanent hair reduction.  These medical devices include lasers, light, radio frequency, plasma and intense pulsed light, and ultrasound.    The use of the medial devices must comply within delegation or supervision by a licensed health professional.

The response on this two tiered license has been mixed with benefits and drawbacks on both sides.  Current estheticians may be grandfathered in by meeting a minimum of one of five criteria’s.

The department of licensing is holding a Pre-Proposal Rule Hearing to get public input.

 Meeting locations and dates:

 June 21, 2013
5 – 8 p.m.
Spokane Community College
Building One, Room 257
1810 N Green Street
Spokane, WA 99217

July 15, 2013
9 – 11 a.m.
Yakima Valley Community College
Parker Room
1000 S 12th Ave – C101
Yakima, WA 98902

August 5, 2013
5 – 8 p.m.
Burlington Library
Burlington Rotary Community Meeting Room
820 E Washington Avenue
Burlington, WA 98233

August 12, 2013
Immediately following advisory board meeting
Department of Licensing
Conference Room 209
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

I’ll be at the rules hearing to express areas of support along with areas of concern.    Hope  to see you there!


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.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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10 years ago

Thank you Mr. Frank, for staying on top of the changes in our state and keeping us updated! This is going to be a great way to stay updated!

10 years ago

It’s my pleasure Joe! It’s a new road that they are going down and want to make sure that we head in the right direction