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Becoming Involved in Licensure and the State Board

By: Christine Heathman
Posted: June 27, 2014, from the July 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Becoming Involved in Licensure and the State Board

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Getting involved with licensure and the state board does get results. Recently, a group of estheticians from Washington followed the protocol outlined in this article and worked to establish a master esthetics license.

Although in its infancy, Frank Trieu, the ambassador of Evergreen Beauty College with campuses in Renton, Bellevue and Everett, Washington, affirms the master esthetic license now raises the standard for the profession and puts a focus on progressive training. He believes the new license is critical for esthetic progress, protection of the profession and to finally achieve the respect estheticians deserve.

According to Trieu, it is important for estheticians to get and stay involved with licensure and the state board, because it keeps them informed in the event of any legislative changes and the repercussions to follow. It also protects the license and the profession.

A challenge

I challenge every esthetician to get involved in their state board and licensure. What if those in Utah maintained an apathetic attitude about licensure? The master esthetic license would not exist today. However, look what has evolved because of the persistence of many to make a difference: three states now offer advanced licensure, with a fourth in the making. Will your state be next?

Christine Heathman is a licensed master esthetician, massage therapist and burn specialist with more than two decades of clinical practice and research at institutions such as Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Honored in 2003 as an industry legend by the American Association for Esthetics, she believes the future of skin care is now.