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Do you have to get CEU hours when you renew your esthetics license for the first time?

Requirements for Esthetics License Renewal

Estheticians licensed in Illinois are required to complete 10 CEU hours every odd year to maintain licensure. You do NOT need CEU hours during your first renewal year.

Illinois Esthetics License Renewal

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does my esthetics license expire? Illinois esthetician licenses expire September 30th of each odd-numbered year and may be renewed within the month prior to expiration.

How do I renew my license? First, make sure it’s a renewal year and you’ve complied with the continuing education requirements. Second, visit and click on the “License Renewals” button. Follow the online instructions under “Renewals for Individuals” for “Online Credit Card Renewals”. Upon completion, you should receive a confirmation e-mail within a couple of days.

How much does license renewal cost? The State of Illinois currently charges $50 per renewal period. The fee is payable online via Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit/debit cards.

How often do I have to renew my Illinois esthetician license? Your esthetician license needs to be renewed every odd year. In Illinois, esthetician licenses are renewed in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.). You do not have to meet the continuing education requirements for your first renewal cycle after license issuance.

What are CEUs? CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. One CEU = one hour of approved continuing education classes.

How many CEUs do I need & where can I get them? Estheticians in Illinois are required to complete 10 CEUs every odd year. You can take continuing education classes with The Beauty Crew Academy, product manufacturers, equipment providers, online providers, trade shows, and more. Be sure to verify that your chosen provider is approved by the State of Illinois so that the CEUs will count. Keep the certificate provided by the C.E. sponsor as proof of attendance. Illinois requires you to complete a minimum of half of your C.E. hours in-person.

What kinds of classes can I take? There are many topics available for CE classes. Some popular topics lately include eyelash extension courses, lash lift and tint courses, brow lamination courses, advanced topics like light microdermabrasion & exfoliation. You’ll also find traditional topics available such as speed waxing, eyebrow artistry, facial massage and more. These classes are great for brushing up on your skills before starting a new job.

How much do continuing education classes cost? Pricing will vary depending on the provider and course topic and their realm of expertise. Be sure to research class options and find something you’re interested in learning more about.

Where can I find a list of C.E. providers? A list of Illinois state-approved continuing education (C.E.) sponsors can be found on the IDFPR website.


Is this the same for cosmetologist?

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cosmetologist is every odd year but 14 CEUs are required. 7 can be self study (online) 7 must be in person.

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