Nail Technician Training

Nail Technician Training

All States require Nail Technicians and other personal appearance workers to be licensed. Nail Technician training  generally requires a person must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 16 years old, and have graduated from a State-licensed school.  

After graduating from a State approved Nail Technician training program, students take a State licensing examination. Most States require separate licensing examinations for Nail Technicians.  Nail Technician programs  are offered by Nail Technician schools, cosmetology schools, post secondary vocational schools, community colleges and technical schools. 

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Nail Technician certificate programs are offered. These typically range from 12 to 25 credits and can be completed in under a year. A certificate is not required but can enhance skill level and marketability. A certificate in nail technology  shows that the student is trained in application, maintenance  and designing of nails, as well as proper manicure and pedicure procedures and hygiene. Training usually consists of both classroom and laboratory experiences.

An associate degree in cosmetology covers
an expanded set of skills beyond a certificate program in nail technology. These include instruction in hair, make-up, skin care, business management and customer service, as well as nail technology.  

In addition to the technical aspects of performing manicures and pedicures, Nail Technician classes may include:
  •  disinfection
  •  nail anatomy
  •  artificial nail applications
  •  nail art
  •  OSHA compliance 
  •  potential nail procedure health risks
Interpersonal skills, image, and attitude play an important role in career success. The ability to be an effective salesperson is also important for Nail Technicians in salons.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Manicurists and Pedicurists,
(2) Image Credit: Image licensed from Fotolia LLC.

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