National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations
Update on Colorado Rulemaking

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) is  aware that the Colorado rule making hearing originally scheduled for Monday October 1st was cancelled.  A future rule making hearing is yet undetermined.

The purpose of the  Barber/Cosmetology rule amendments were for administrative re-organization to attempt to better CLARIFY existing rules - the proposed rules did NOT attempt to make sweeping changes of the Esthetician's Scope of Practice.

Much of the verbiage in the existing rules does not properly reflect how Esthetician training and services have advanced in the last decade, and a periodic review of rules is a normal and regular process.

To view the Current Colorado Rules and to compare them to the Proposed Rules Click here

The scientific and technological changes that our industry has seen in the last decade is hard to put into a regulatory perspective. Our state regulatory board's responsibility is to protect the consumer through licensure. This can be a daunting task and "we" as an industry (prior to the formation of the NCEA) had no singular voice. It is now our responsibility to help our state boards define our scope through collaboration and education.

NCEA urges all estheticians that can be affected by Rule Amendments in Colorado or any state, to increase their awareness of any proposed changes in statute or rule-making by following the steps outlined in our Advocacy recommendations below. Many of the concerns raised in the proposed rules have been addressed previously by the NCEA and you can view all published positions on - Political Advocacy. NCEA will be commenting on the proposed rules and if you are a member of the NCEA and want to participate on the NCEA's Colorado Review Committee - Please email:

Specifically, Colorado estheticians should bookmark the Colorado  board's website:

and, the Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform's website:    *Sign up on form under: Professions & Occupations

How to Get Involved - 10 Steps

The first step to getting involved is to join the NCEA. Annual dues equate to one Latte a month - that's only $3.75 to protect your future! Sign up in the Member Center 

10 Steps to Get Involved and Protect Your Future! 

Protecting your future as an Esthetician is not just about making money. Know what your professional licensing, state regulatory boards and legislators are doing.

  1. Bookmark your State Regulatory Board's website in your browser and check it monthly for:
    i) Board meeting dates and try to attend;
    ii) Meet your State Regulatory Board members;
    iii) Board minutes (if you didn't attend meeting);
    iv) Review any press releases (if available);
    iv) Bi-annually - Download & Review Rules & Regulations
    *Check for revisions & dates - Download & Review Statutes
  2. Sign up (if available) to receive your state regulatory board eNewsletters/bulletins.
  3. Join a State or Regional Association to network with esthetician licensees in your state.
  4. Join the NCEA for Standardized Political Advocacy and get involved.
  5. Be sure you are a Registered Voter.
  6. Meet your State's elected officials and educate them (and staffers) about what an Esthetician is - give them a facial treatment.
  7. Ask them to alert you of bills regarding esthetician licensing.
  8. Find out how your State legislature is structured, and learn how bills can be introduced into your senate or house.
  9. Get Nationally Certified and be better prepared for the future.
  10. Understand the BIG PICTURE - As important as it is for you to know what is going on in your state, learn what National Advocacy Issues will affect your licensure, if you want to move to another part of the country.




Susanne S. Warfield - Executive Director


National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations