Becoming an Esthetician in California

California esthetician insurance
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For those who would like to work as an esthetician in California, you are first going to have to complete 600 hours of schooling to do so. You must be at least 17 years of age, and you have to hold at least the equivalent of a tenth grade education.

In the state, reciprocity is allowed for those who are coming in from out of state, if you meet the following: pay the fee, show proof of current license, and prove that you have worked in the field for a period of five years of longer.

In terms of license renewal, it is required that you renew your license every two years; if after five years no renewal attempts have been made, your license is no longer valid, and you are not going to be able to renew it at all if you do not complete schooling again.

If you are a trainer or instructor in the state, you are also going to be required to do continual education courses when you go in to renew your license every two years, to ensure you are up to date with latest rules, regulations, and instruction in the field.

Insurance Requirements


For a business owner, professional liability coverage is required to run your business. You will have to purchase this at a minimum, in order to operate on any premises.

If you are an individual working in a salon or for another employer, it is not a requirement that you purchase a personal California esthetician insurance policy in order to work in the state. Many estheticians to choose to do so, however, as it is a protection in the field.

You are going to make mistakes, and lawsuits will occur; in addition to paying for lawsuits, if you are ever sued for malpractice, the right coverage will have a clause to ensure you will not lose your license if you are found to be liable.

In addition to protecting you from the high costs that accompany lawsuits, you are also going to find that your insurance is the best protection against loss of license. And, since so many requirements are in place for you to work in the state, it is worth comparing various policies, various insurers, and the different types of coverage that are available to you, in order to ensure you are fully protected should a lawsuit be filed against you.