My passion for the skin care industry has spanned over 30 years, and as I take a moment to reflect on the technological and scientific advancements that have occurred, I can only say…what an incredible journey! The available cosmeceuticals and equipment that the esthetician has in his/her armentarium is far beyond what I ever imagined there would be.
Over the years, my professional interests have led me into the association management field, and although we still publish the PCI Journal, it is now personally branded the “Warfield Weekly Update.” As readership continues to grow we will be adding new features to it and welcome your participation and comments.
The Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists (SDSS) and the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Association (NCEA) continue to grow and expand to better serve the skin care industry. Volunteers and members of these two organizations continue to play an important role in developing standards and best practices for estheticians nation-wide. Their individual and collective efforts have a positive impact on the continued growth and protection of the esthetic profession. Although the past few years have taken a toll on all our finances, the continued efforts of committee volunteers has not gone unnoticed. Your efforts are valued and appreciated, and they are truly making a contribution to achieve the missions of each of their respective organizations.
As in any calling or profession, the need to advocate for it, cannot be overlooked, or its importance underplayed. As much as possible, engage in additional training, not just any training, ensure it is approved by the Commission on Accreditation “COA Approved,” and accepted by your state regulatory board. Consider earning the professional credential of “NCEA Certified.” Taking skill development seriously demonstrates that this is a profession like any other. And keeping up with best practices strengthens the reputation of the field. Learn what you can do to protect your future.
Very truly yours,
Susanne S. Warfield
“For things to change, we must change”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“No organization can function by itself and no organization can operate without direction which must be supplied by its members.”
– Evander Francis Kelly
The mission of the NCEA is to define standards of practice through certification and continuing education accreditation in order to represent and advocate for the esthetic profession.
NCEA is protecting your right to practice by...
- Providing professional excellence through the NCEA Certified credential
- Approving continuing education through the Commission on Accreditation
- Advocating to strengthen your voice and position with state regulatory boards
The SDSS is a voluntary, organization which aims to develop and foster the highest standards of skin care in the dermatology setting.
The NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) was formed to facilitate and supervise the continuing education requirements of the skin care professional for recertification and/or relicensure.
NCEA Certified is the professional status awarded to a skin care professional that has met the competency standards as set-forth by NCEA's 1200 Hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis. It represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States and adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.