"The Northwest Aestheticians' Guild began with a simple idea: I wanted to provide continuous education for Aestheticians, along with the opportunity to network with each other by sharing information and experiences. Since it's inception in 1996, the Guild has provided monthly generic lectures on topics such as dermatology, accupuncture, plastic surgery, business practices, REIKI, naturopathy and much more".
"Additionally, NWAG has brought leading educators to Seattle for one to three-day educational events. Today the Guild continues to flourish with the invaluable help of my colleagues and guest lecturers, all of whom so generously donate their time and expertise".
Guild Founder & Chair
Lic. Aes. Instructor
December 1, 2013
Notice of 11/27/13 DOL revised WACs posted on our Political page
April 23, 2013
Washington State has successfully passed a 2 tier licensing law, consisting of 750 and 1200 hours, for Aestheticians. Click on our Political page for updates and information regarding the development of implementation rules.
August 11, 2013
Question: I have completed a 600 hour esthetics program, what do I need to do to meet the new requirements?
Answer: All estheticians who have completed a licensed esthetics program will be automatically grandfathered into the Basic 750 level. All programs that start on or after 1/1/2014 must be 750 hours.
Question: Please clarify the 'grandfathering' situation for aestheticians who currently operate lasers in WA State. Will we be required to take the master aesthetician course even if we have been operating lasers for a decade and have certifications in laser training from previous years? We are getting hounded by a lot of schools trying to enroll us and they are telling us that we HAVE to take the course in order to do lasers no matter what.
Answer: The new law does require that anyone firing a laser or performing medium depth peels be licensed as a Master Esthetician. Grandfathering does not require additional education if you meet certain criteria. The process for submitting proof of meeting these criteria and what documentation is acceptable have not yet been written but the law includes the following criteria for being grandfathered in:
1. documentation from a medical professional certifying 150 hours experience firing lasers and 35
hours performing medium depth peels
2. documentation of 75 hours of laser training and 7 hours of medium depth peel training
3. documentation of a combination of experience and additional training in lasers and medium
depth peels (points 1 and 2)
4. a national or international certificate or diploma recognized by DOL such as CIDESCO,
NECA or ITEC, or completion of a 1200 hour program recognized by DOL
5. being a WA state licensed esthetics instructor with at least 3 years experience
Question: Do I have to meet all of the criteria to be grandfathered in as a Master Esthetician?
Answer: No, you must meet only 1 of the above 5 criteria
Question: Should estheticians start taking classes now to be Masters qualified?
Answer: They can, but the WACs are not yet written identifying the exact requirements. After the grandfathering period , it will be either a 1200 hour school, or, if already licensed, an additional 450 hours.
Question: Do they need to take laser if they aren't firing lasers or can it just be peels and still qualify to be grandfathered as a master esthetician?
Answer: To be grandfathered in they must either have 135 hours working firing lasers plus 35 hours working with medium depth peels OR take classes of 75 hours laser training and 7 hours medium depth peels OR meet one of the other 5 criteria listed above.
Question: Do certificates need to state the amount of hours the class was for?
Answer: Hasn’t been decided yet.
Question: Will medical spas need to have the physician own the spa outright - or just need to be medical director if the staff is to be considered Master estheticians?
Answer: That question (ownership) has nothing to do with this new 2 tier license, which is about scope of practice.
Question: When is the deadline for applying for grandfathering as a Master Esthetician?
Answer: The deadline is 1/1/2015. As soon as the criteria and process for submitting an application
for grandfathering is available, we will post the information.