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Esthetician Licensing Requirements in Illinois

November 3rd, 2022


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An esthetician is a licensed beauty professional who has completed the required education and training to effectively perform a range of skin treatments and services in a spa or salon. Students attending Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s esthetics program can choose between three main areas of interest. These include medi esthetics, makeup, and holistic/spa services.

An esthetician may also choose to specialize in a specific treatment area to become a facialist, medi-spa esthetician, waxing specialist, makeup artist, or a body treatment specialist.

No matter where you choose to obtain your esthetician license, it’s important to know the basic requirements needed. These requirements often vary from one state to another. Continue reading to learn more about what it takes to become a licensed esthetician in Illinois.

Do I Need an Esthetician License in Illinois?

Yes, the state of Illinois requires individuals to obtain a license to work as an esthetician. You must complete a licensed esthetician program consisting of at least 750 hours of training. You also need to pass a written esthetician examination to secure an esthetician license.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regulates esthetician licensure in the state. The board approves esthetics programs and sets guidelines.

Esthetician Licensing Requirements in Illinois

What does it take to become an esthetician in Illinois? Let’s review the esthetician licensing requirements for those looking to obtain their license in the state.


To obtain an esthetician license in Illinois you must be 16 years old and have at least an 8th grade education with a high school diploma or equivalent. Tricoci University applicants must be at least 16 years of age by the first day of class and hold a high school diploma or GED certificate.

You also need 750 hours of schooling to qualify for your esthetician exam in Illinois. For full time students, the full program takes approximately six months, and part-time students can expect to spend approximately 9 months completing the program. Tricoci University designed its esthetics program and total credit hours based on this requirement. You also need to pass the written esthetics state examination with a score of 75 or higher. There is no practical examination in Illinois, but the written exam includes procedural skill questions.

Note there is a $45 application fee when applying for an esthetician license in Illinois. Your application must be complete and accurate upon receipt or it will be returned for updates.


You need a minimum of 750 hours of training to get your esthetician license in Illinois. Students who complete Tricoci University’s esthetics program will receive 750 hours of education.

Tricoci University’s esthetics curriculum is broken down as follows:

  • Basic essentials training (75 hours)
  • Scientific concepts (150 hours)
  • Practices and procedures (500 hours)
  • Business practices (25 hours)

Tricoci University offers accredited esthetics training programs in Illinois at our Chicago, Elgin, Libertyville, Normal, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana campus locations. Students who complete one of our esthetics programs will have the training hours they need to become a licensed esthetician. All that’s left for you to do is to take and pass the written esthetics test.


Once you have received your esthetician license in Illinois, you must renew it every two years. Esthetician licenses expire September 30 of each odd-numbered year and may be renewed within the month prior to expiration. You can renew your license on the IDFPR website.

Estheticians licensed in Illinois must complete 10 continuing education hours to qualify for renewal. However, you do not have to meet the CEU requirements for your first renewal. The state of Illinois currently charges $50 per two-year esthetician license renewal period.

Contact the State Board

You can direct any questions about Illinois’ esthetician licensing requirements to The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation through the official government website. You can also visit the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board section of the same website to learn who’s on the board and find recent updates. The admissions team at Tricoci University is always happy to talk through requirements, as well.

Enrolling in Esthetician Training in Illinois

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is a popular option for people interested in attending cosmetology school in Illinois to obtain their esthetician license. Students that enroll in our courses gain all the skills they need to be successful in the early stages of their career.

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