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NCEA Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

The inaugural organizational members meetings was held 10 years ago on June 25, 2000.

Goals to acheive at that meeting included identifying aims, goals and objectives, governance and administration issues and key initiatives; establish a budget; and decide upon next steps.

Ever wonder what organizations were around back then?

  • American Society of Esthetic Medicine
  • American Academy of Medical Aestheticians, Inc.
  • American Aestheticians Education Association
  • American Electrology Association
  • American Society of Esthetic Medicine
  • Day Spa Association
  • Esthetics, Manufacturers & Distributors Alliance
  • International Guild of Professional Electrologists
  • National Society of Paramedical Esthetic Professionals
  • Society of Clinical & Medical Electrologists

Through growth and transformation, the NCEA has maintained (+/-) 16 association members (many of the original 22 no longer exist or have merged), and has grown its corporate members to include manufacturers/distributors, schools and post-graduate training facilities. Individual memberships were an added membership category in 2002 to further represent the growing need for representation of esthetic professionals to state regulatory boards.

The association officially updated its name to better reflect its membership in 2003 to the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufactures/Distributors & Associations. The coalition maintained the acronym of NCEA.

One of NCEA’s goals was to come to an industry agreement over use of terminology, esthetician job tasks, and the hours of training necessary to be successful in today’s skin care industry. The NCEA 600 and 1200 Hour Job Tasks were developed in late 2001 and have been the focus of developing further National Standards and Curriculums by the NCEA.

The NCEA Certified credential came about through the fundamental need to assist state regulatory boards in maintaining consumer safety, licensee mobility, international recognition and meeting the job tasks of the skin care professional to be successful in today’s skin care industry and the future.

The development of the Commission on Accredition (COA) in 2009 was to further aid NCEA's goal of standardizing continuing education on a national basis.

To learn more about the NCEA, check out its Web site: