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Manicuring Schools and Training Programs

Manicure training programs can prepare you to become a professional manicurist or a manicurist instructor. Read on to learn more about educational opportunities and licensing requirements.

What You Need to Know

Manicurists obtain certificates through cosmetology schools and community colleges. Working manicurists can earn certificates to become instructors. Topics covered in these certificate programs include sanitation; nail cleaning, shaping, and painting; and massage techniques. Instructors have additional training that prepares them to teach.

Certification Short-term certification programs can be found in community colleges and cosmetology schools
Classes Nail cleaning, shaping, and painting; massage; safety procedures; skin disease
Licensing Manicurists must pass a state exam before entering the workforce

What Manicuring Training Programs Are Available?

Cosmetology schools and community colleges offer certificate programs in manicuring and nail technology, which can be completed in one semester. Completing such a certificate program can prepare you for entry-level manicuring positions as well as the licensure examination required by all states.

If you already work as a manicurist, you may be interested in earning a certificate to become a manicuring instructor. You'd be able to work as a teacher at a cosmetology school or in a manicuring course. You'll most likely need your state license for manicuring, in addition to previous experience, to enroll in an instructor program.

What Will I Study in a Nail Technology Program?

In order to prepare you for state licensure, manicuring and nail technology certificate programs will include coursework that covers topics profiled in the exam. Instructors can teach you about:

  • Sanitation
  • Nail disease
  • Safety procedures
  • Skin disorders
  • Artificial nail application and decoration

You might also learn how to condition, shape, color, enhance and clean nails. Curricula may introduce related topics, like hand massage, arm massage and pedicure techniques.

What About a Manicuring Instructor Program?

While training to be a manicuring instructor, you will typically study lesson-plan development, student assessment and supervision techniques. Coursework often includes a practicum so you can practice your new skills in a laboratory setting. The program should equip you with the knowledge necessary to pass the state licensing exam for manicuring instructors.

How Can I Choose a School?

Whether you're an aspiring manicurist or manicurist instructor, you should be sure that a prospective program prepares you for the state licensure examinations. You might want to consider manicuring programs that offer on-site facilities so you can gain hands-on training. Online learning options aren't frequently available due to the largely experiential nature of manicuring, so you may want to stick with on-campus programs. Make sure the curriculum includes clinical hours, which states often require you complete to qualify for the licensing exam.

If you're interested in additional subjects, like pedicure and massage techniques, you could enroll in a program that offers instruction in these areas. Business courses could also be useful to you if you're aspiring to open your own manicure salon. You might consider a program that offers courses in customer service, due to the high level of public interaction involved in this profession.

Some schools that offer programs to prepare you for a career in manicuring include:

  • Mayland Community College
  • Haywood Community College
  • Ashville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Olympic College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College