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How to Evaluate Continuing Education Programs

By: Susanne S. Warfield
Posted: June 1, 2012, from the June 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Continuing education opportunities are often available at conferences and trade shows, such as Face & Body® Midwest (www.FaceandBody.com/midwest) in Chicago, which offers continuing education units for those with Illinois esthetic licenses. The 2012 A

Continuing education opportunities are often available at conferences and trade shows, such as Face & Body® Midwest (www.FaceandBody.com/midwest) in Chicago, which offers continuing education units for those with Illinois esthetic licenses. The 2012 Advanced Education Conference Program kicked off with a panel discussing industry regulations and featured: from left: Terri Wojak,True University Esthetics; Lynn Maestro, Cirepil & Escential Perron Rigot/IBSG llc.; Alex Thiersch, Thiersch & Associates; and Irena Brown of YG Laboratories.

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Fewer than 13 states have continuing education requirements for estheticians; however, more than 25 states have continuing education requirements for teachers. Although some states have mandated what continuing education courses are needed, national accreditation is becoming a reality for both the skin care and massage therapy professions from organizations such as the Commission on Accreditation (COA) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), allowing each state to accept a nationally approved program.

Continuing education is a necessity for skin care professionals, whether it is to meet a state requirement, recertification requirements or to stay up-to-date on the changing landscape of the skin care profession. Bookmark your state board’s website, join its e-mail LISTSERV, if available, and stay abreast of the issues your state is facing in order to remain informed. Attend your state board meetings and educate the members about the importance of requiring continuing education for re-licensure. Find out if your state accepts national accreditation, and learn more about your options. Take action; don’t be left behind and advocate to keep the skin care industry alive and well in your state.

Susanne S. Warfield is president/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc., a consulting, publishing and association management firm. She is a New York state-licensed esthetician, is NCEA-certified, holds both CIDESCO and ITEC diplomas, and worked for more than 13 years in a dermatology practice. Warfield served on the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Allied Health Committee, and currently serves as the executive director of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists (SDSS) and the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA). She can be contacted at 201-670-4100 or askpci@aol.com.