Commission on Accreditation

Raising standards for continuing education

Download the NCEA Commission on Accreditation Application here (.pdf)

The NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) was formed to facilitate and supervise the continuing education requirements of the skin care professional for recertification and/or relicensure.

Since 2000, the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) has been defining and conveying standards of practice, while educating the industry and the public. In May 2007, the National NCEA Certification Program was launched to recognize the professional credential of NCEA Certified awarded to a skin care professional that has met the competency standards as set-forth by the NCEA's 1200 hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis.
It represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States, and adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.
NCEA Continuing Education (CEs) is required to be maintained by NCEA Certified professionals and some state regulatory boards may also require CEs for relicensure.


  • Provide educational activities that will increase the skin care professional's knowledge, skills and competency.
  • Provide local, regional, national and international accredited educational activities, and learning opportunities.
  • Raise the standard of educational delivery methods and utilize faculty disclosure(s) to improve quality of educational activities.
  • To meet or exceed state regulatory board's continuing education requirements for relicensure.
  • Provide state regulatory boards a quality commission on accreditation for skin care professionals.