Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Cosmetology Facial Specialist / Esthetician, Certificate Level I

The Cosmetology Facial Specialist/Esthetician Program is 22 credit hours in length as prescribed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and the State Legislature. Estheticians specialize in skin care rather than hairstyling. TDLR requires students to complete 750 hours to be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam; however, based on TDLR’s conversion formula, successful completion* of all required courses in this program meet the minimum number of hours based on a credit-to-hour formula established by the regulatory agency. They may also manufacture, sell, or apply cosmetics. As highly trained specialists, estheticians provide preventative care for skin and offer treatments to keep skin healthy and attractive. Unless the esthetician is also a licensed dermatologist, he or she does not prescribe medication or give medical treatments. However, the esthetician is trained to detect skin problems that require medical attention. NOTE: A criminal background clearance may be required before acceptance into any cosmetology program.

Students taking classes to receive a Facial Specialist/Esthetician Certification Level 1 must take and pass the exam given by the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATIONS to get their license. A license issued by the state of Texas is required before a student can work in the field of Esthetics.


In some cases, TDLR (Texas Department of License and Regulation), according to Texas Law, restricts the issuance of a license based on the applicant’s criminal history. Check the TDLR website for more information.

All applicants are issued a form, and it is up to the applicant to follow through if there is a question about his or her criminal history. 

Cosmetology instructors can help applicants with forms that need to be filled in and sent to TDLR.  This information will be kept private between applicant and TDLR.  

Total: 17 Hours

Total: 5 Hours

Total Hours in Specialization: 22 Hours

*To progress from one course to another, students must earn a minimum of 70% in each required course. Students who do not pass a course must enroll in the same course the next semester it is offered.

Capstone experience: Each student must complete the required credit hours and have the Director of the Cosmetology Program submit paperwork to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for test date. After completion the student may schedule for a test date.

1 Capstone course.