How to get certified to do eyelash extensions in Illinois

Eyelash extensions enhance the beauty of your eyes by making your lashes thicker and longer than before. There are eyelash artists and technicians who apply these lash extensions professionally. They are certified by any salon or training center. In this article, we will talk about what are the requirements of getting the certificate of eyelash extensions in Illinois.


The first and foremost thing to get the certificate is having the license of cosmetology or esthetician. You will get it from the Illinois department of financial and professional regulation.


Attending cosmetology school is mandatory to learn the required skills. The school you choose should be approved and licensed by the department of financial and professional regulation. This program should include 1500 hours within at least eight months.


The next step is passing the exam, administered by continental testing services. The exam is a computerized written exam located at all testing venues. To apply for the exam, you have to complete the following steps:

  1. Read the study guide
  2. Apply online or submit application
  3. Submit exam fee
  4. Schedule testing location and date

After approving your application by CTS, you can schedule the exam. You have to schedule at least two days before taking the exam.


After passing the exam, you have to take the final step to complete the application for licensure. For this, you must be 16 years old, have passed the compulsory school, and also have the following.

  • Filled out licensure application
  • Approved cosmetology school diploma
  • Official exam scores

After completing all requirements, soon you will be issued a cosmetology license.


In Illinois, a cosmetology license expires within two years. To renew it, you have to complete fourteen hours of continuing education within a renewal period of two years. September 30th of each odd year is the renewal period. The board requires that continued education for the renewal of a license is board-approved.

Make sure to keep a detailed record of your continuing education course. The department can conduct random audits and ask certain stylists for their records.


After having a cosmetology license, you can apply for eyelash extensions training program in any institute within Illinois. By getting this certificate you can learn the fundamentals, business building strategies, and core techniques necessary to become a successful lash expert. There is 4-day hands-on training you can get enrolled into. This training has two courses having 2 days each.

  1. The fundamentals of eyelash extensions application course
  2. Certification in eyelash extension application course

 If you want to maximize your future earning potential, you must get certified in this beauty industry and establish your business as an eyelash technician. Although it is a difficult task, if you are passionate, you can do it and run your business in Illinois.

1 comment

  • bouchra mostakim

    I really want become a eyelash technician I dont know what to do.

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