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Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians - Certification Information

Background

The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians was created by 2015 House Bill 2642, with certification set to begin July 1, 2016. The Board will not meet until later in July, so the Health Licensing Office has created temporary rules for temporary and provisional certification. These certifications are good through Dec. 31, 2017.

The Board was created to oversee the safe practice of advanced nonablative esthetics and to ensure that individuals who are practicing advanced nonablative esthetics are qualified to perform services on the public. Advanced nonablative esthetics encompasses seven modalities: skin rejuvenation, body contouring, dyschromia reduction, cellulite reduction, hair removal or reduction, and nonablative tattoo removal.

Permanent certification

As of July 1, 2016, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) began issuing temporary certificates to qualified individuals to practice advanced nonablative esthetics while waiting to pass the board approved qualifying examination required under ORS 676.670. Temporary certification is valid through December 31, 2017 or until a permanent certificate is obtained.

On November 16, 2016, the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (Board) adopted qualifying examinations to obtain permanent certification through the grandfathering provision from January 3, 2017 until December 31, 2017. The Board reviewed several entry level laser certification examinations developed for esthetic laser operators in esthetic type practices.

The Board determined the applicant would need to take (or have taken within the last two years) one of the following examinations to obtain permanent certification, based on the education pathway used to obtain temporary certification:

A. Applicants who obtained temporary certification or are applying for permanent certification under Pathway One - 500 Supervised Hours of Experience, would need to take, or have taken within the last two years, one of the following examinations:

  • National Council on Laser Certification - Certified Laser Operator / Aesthetic (Includes laser hair removal) - NCLC/ CLO/A
  • The Laser Training Institute - Aesthetic Laser & Light based Procedures (Includes Hair & Tattoo Removal) - LTI/ALLP
  • The American Board of Laser Surgery - Qualified Non-Physician Laser and Light Cosmetics - ABLS/QNPLLC

B. Applicants who obtained temporary certification or are applying for permanent certification under Pathway Two - 168 Hours of Experience and 40 Hours of Education, would need to take, or have taken within the last two years, one of the following examinations:

  • National Council on Laser Certification - Certified Laser Operator / Aesthetic (Includes laser hair removal) - NCLC/ CLO/A
  • National Council on Laser Certification - Certified laser hair removal Specialist - NCLC/CLHRS
  • The Laser Training Institute - Aesthetic Laser & Light based Procedures (Includes Hair & Tattoo Removal) - LTI/ALLP
  • The Laser Training Institute - Laser & Light Based Hair Removal - LTI/ LLBHR
  • The American Board of Laser Surgery - Qualified Non-Physician Laser and Light Cosmetics - ABLS/QNPLLC
  • Allied Beauty Experts - Certified Laser Professional - ABE / CLP

All verifications of passing one of the qualifying examinations, as specified above, must be sent directly to the Health Licensing Office at 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, Oregon 97301.

All qualifications for permanent certification as an advanced esthetician, including verification of one of the qualifying examinations, must be received at the HLO by December 31, 2017, to obtain permanent certification through the limited grandfathering provision. After December 31, 2017, all applications for permanent certification as an advanced esthetician, must meet the requirements of Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 819, Divisions 009-0040.

Links for the qualifying examinations are as follows:

Forms:

Temporary certification

All applicants must:

  • Submit an application form
  • Submit payment of licensure and application fees as listed on the form
  • Submit an acceptable form of photographic identification
  • Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age (if not provided on ID above)
  • Hold an active esthetics certification through the Oregon Board of Cosmetology and be in good standing with no current or pending disciplinary action
  • Provide name, license number and address of the Board of Cosmetology facility where advanced nonablative esthetics are performed by the applicant
  • Submit information identifying the health care professional with whom the applicant has entered into a collaborative agreement (see below for more details)
  • Submit documentation of qualification for certification through one of these pathways:

Pathway One: Qualification through 500 hours of experience while employed by a licensed health care professional

Applicant must:

  • Submit documentation to the Office showing proof of employment for at least 500 hours as a laser operator under the supervision of one of the following licensed health care professionals whose scope of practice includes the practice of advanced nonablative esthetics procedures and whose license is in good standing with the related regulatory body:
    • A physician licensed under ORS chapter 677
    • A nurse practitioner licensed under ORS 678.375 to 678.390
    • A dentist licensed under ORS 679 or
    • A naturopathic physician licensed under ORS 685

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Pathway Two: Qualification through 168 hours of experience and 40 hours of education

Applicant must:

  • When all education and practical experience was obtained under supervision:
    • Submit documentation showing completion of 40 hours of education related to laser theory and fundamentals and of having completed 24 hours of practical experience performing each of the modalities defined under OAR 819-005-0000. Documentation may be submitted on a BCAE advanced esthetics certificate of training form signed by a supervisor, and include copies of the supervisor's theory and practical procedures tracking forms.
  • When some or all education and practical experience was obtained prior to July 1, 2016:
    • Submit documentation showing completion of 40 hours of education related to laser theory and fundamentals and of having completed 24 hours of practical experience performing each modality defined under OAR 819-005-0000. Documentation may be submitted on an education and practical experience history verification form. Please include any other documentation that shows how you obtained the total number of hours required to qualify for temporary licensure, such as manufacturer training certificates, educational transcripts, supervision records signed by a supervisor, employment records and client records, or supervisor's theory and practical procedures tracking forms.

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Note: If you have completed at least 24 hours of practical experience in some but not all modalities, you will not qualify for a temporary certification. You will need to apply for provisional certification while you continue your education and training in the remaining modalities.

Provisional certification

All applicants must:

  • Submit an application form
  • Submit payment of licensure and application fees as listed on the form
  • Submit an acceptable form of photographic identification
  • Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age (if not provided on ID above)
  • Hold an active esthetics certificate through the Oregon Board of Cosmetology and be in good standing with no current or pending disciplinary action
  • Submit information identifying the applicant's proposed supervisor on the supervisor attestation form
  • Submit information identifying the health care professional with whom the applicant has entered into a collaborative agreement (see below for more details)

Forms:

What certification do I apply for?

Because there are so many pathways to licensure, you will likely need to consult with a Health Licensing Office qualifications specialist to be sure, but here are some general guidelines:

  • If you worked in a medical facility as a laser operator for at least 500 hours under a qualifying health-care professional's employ, see pathway one under temporary licensure.
  • If you completed an advanced esthetics training program that provided at least 168 hours of experience (24 in EACH modality) and 40 hours of education in laser theory, see pathway two, option one, under temporary licensure.
  • If you have at least 168 hours of experience (at least 24 in EACH modality) and 40 hours of education in laser theory, see pathway two, option two, under temporary licensure.
  • If you are enrolling as a student in an advanced esthetics training program, see provisional certification.
  • If you are continuing as a student in an advanced esthetics training program, see provisional certification.
  • If you have at least 24 hours of experience in a single modality or some of the modalities, but not all seven, you will have to apply for a provisional certification and get training in the other modalities.

From provisional to temporary

Once training has been completed, the provisional certificate holder must apply for and attain temporary certification before continuing to practice. Along with the application, the applicant will turn in the completed certificate of training form and tracking forms showing education.

Who qualifies as a supervisor?

Pursuant to OAR 819-020-0070, to be approved as a supervisor of a provisional certificate holder, an individual must:

  • Be licensed as a physician under ORS chapter 677, a nurse practitioner under ORS 678.375-678.390, a dentist under ORS 679 or a naturopathic physician under ORS 685, and his or her scope of practice must include advanced nonablative esthetic procedures; and
  • Have no current or pending disciplinary action with a regulatory body; and
  • Attest to practicing advanced nonablative esthetics in the modality in which they will be supervising the provisional certificate holder for at least three years prior to the date of application.

OR

  • Hold an active esthetics certificate through the Oregon Board of Cosmetology and be in good standing with no current or pending disciplinary action; and
  • Hold an active permanent or temporary advanced esthetics certification under ORS 676.630-676.660 through the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians with no current or pending disciplinary action; and
  • Attest to practicing advanced nonablative esthetics in the modality in which they will be supervising the provisional certificate holder for at least three years prior to the date of application.

 Forms:

Collaborative agreement with a health-care professional

All certificate holders in advanced esthetics are required to enter into a collaborative agreement with a health-care professional. The purpose of the agreement, per ORS 676.655(3), is to provide a certified advanced esthetician with a licensed health-care professional to whom he or she may refer a client. This information is provided to the Health Licensing Office on the advanced esthetics application forms.

The agreement must be with a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677 or a nurse practitioner under ORS 678.375-678.390, or a licensed health care professional who works at the same location as the certified advanced esthetician and who has the authority to prescribe drugs listed in Schedule III, IV or V.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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