How much does it cost to become an electrologist?

I was wondering this. This might be a stupid question, but, since it is going to cost me a lot of money anyway to complete electrolysis on myself, perhaps that money would be better spent getting certified and trained as an electrologist, so then, not only would I be able to do electrolysis on myself in the privacy of my own home and at my own pace, I would also have a vocational skill?

Interesting idea? Crazy idea? Is the equipment expensive?

Professionals know better than to try to do work on themselves. We only do work on each other.

You would not save much, if any money going this route. Depending on the school you went to, and the course load you took, you would spend between $2,000 and $8,000 on tuition alone, in addition to travel costs, and the expense of living in the city where your school is located for the duration of your coursework (2 to 12 months depending on which state’s licensing requirement you are looking to fulfill) and when you are done with that, you still have to buy all of your equipment. A fully functioning electrology set up ranges from $2,000 for a set up generously supplied with old used equipment, to $12,000 for average set ups, all the way to over $35,000 for the most advanced everything out there set up. That is only the equipment.

If you really want to save money, and do something practical, sponsor someone from your area to go to electrology school, and have them work for you, and take clients to both pay you back for your covering their training, and make money for the two of you.

You would want a legally binding contract of course.


I have a good friend in England who is going to school to become an electrolygist. As part of her training she has to do some work on volunteers who are willing to be worked on.

In Canada we have a designation called a CPE. Do they have the same in the USA?

She sometimes reads this board, so if she sees this post,
Hello and good luck with your course!


Oh No! You said Canadienne CPE with the AEA in earshot!
Slowly they turned, Step, by Step, Inch by Inch, and then they punched him and they hit him and they knocked him down!

Those of you who are familiar with black and white comedies are laughing right now, and everyone else is scratching their heads.

The American Electrology Association developed the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) credential and put in motion the process of making it an internationally accepted credential and exam process. Before they could obtain proper rights and protect the trade marks in Canada, a “gentleman” took the massive liberty of submitting that paperwork for himself. Thus, there is confusion, because a person in Canada who is a CPE must always identify themselves as having an AEA CPE, or the one that is owned by the “gentleman” in their country.

Again, I tell you, this should not be as big an issue as it seems to be, because if you can pass one electrolysis exam, you should be able to pass them all, however, the thing that separates the exams is the security and defensability of the credential. With the AEA CPE being administered by the same people who gate keep the professions of Medicine and Law in the US, the AEA CPE is secure, and everyone knows that your score is your score because on that one day, you did know enough to make that score on your own.

Yes, there are CPE’s in the United States, and they would want to know who issued the CPE of any practitioner from The Great White North. (Many people cross into the US and in fact from all over the world to take the AEA CPE in Las Vegas now that it is no longer offered in as many places around the globe as it used to be. Time was you could at least take the AEA CPE in Toronto and Vancouver)

On average, an American CPE has spent another $1,000.00 just to get that credential, and may spend an average $5,000 more every five years to keep it.

Wow, I didn’t realize it was so expensive, especially the equipment. Well, I didn’t want to become an electrologist anyway! LOL! Too hard on the eyes and neck/back. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Ah, but the electrologist who spends a little more money is in an ergonomically sound workstation and has fewer/no neck and back problems. We are still working on the eyestrain issue.

Hello Alicia,

Yes im reading the posts.

Here in the UK it costs about $1000 to do a course. We have just one National diploma certificate to qualify in electro-epilation.

I have spend about $3000 in equipment to start up and i think that for a new profession that is relatively cheap.

So how long is the course in the UK? One Thousand American would not get one much Electrolysis training in the US, unless one were also working at the place where one was getting training.

The course in the UK is 10 weeks it is a vocational diploma in which you work on 4-5 clients in one sitting each week. The rest of the time you are expected to practise at home on your own clients.

The certificate is called a National Vocational Qualification coming under the International Health and Beauty Council. The title of the course is electro-epilation (electrolysis).

It is intended to be mainly practical based and in between you have theory papers and a final written exam and practical exam.

I don’t think there is a full-time course available in the UK as there is in the US.