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Who are we?

AIA was founded in 1972 as the first American aesthetics association. Within a few years, AIA became a truly international association by establishing chapters in Europe, Asia and South America. AIA was founded to bring aesthetic professionals together to network, share knowledge and to gather in numbers to establish a presence in the industry. In the early 80s we began our mission to raise the standards of education and public awareness of the aesthetics industry. At that time, there was no separate aesthetic licensing in America. While we dont take credit for establishing state licensing, our strong membership, leadership and years of petitioning for such, has undoubtedly had an impact. Currently, aesthetic licensing is common throughout America.

In addition to influencing the need for raising the standards through separate licensing, we have also created much needed benefits for aesthetic professionals. Our commitment to advanced education spans over 40 years. To date we have helped to train tens of thousands of aesthetic professionals. We continue that commitment with more educational events, classes, workshops, symposiums, conferences and congress.

Our newest mission is to standardize education and licensing through creating a national standard of licensing. We have developed a multi-level certification program that rivals the highest of the state exams and creates a standard that any professional can be proud of. Our goal is to establish this as a national standard.

AIA is of aestheticians, by aestheticians and for aestheticians. We have pioneered the past and we have bold plans for the future. Since we are stronger in mass, we invite you to explore how we can help one another grow, learn and direct the future of our industry. We need you and we have much to give back. Call AIA today and see how we can work together to shape a better tomorrow.


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