Even though it is small in area DC has a large population and a high demand for nail technicians and other beauty professionals. In order to get licensed to work as a nail tech in the District of Columbia you’ll first need to attend a course at one of the area schools. No apprenticeships are allowed for manicurists.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum hours to satisfy the board’s requirements equals 350 hours or more taken either in full time training or evening and weekends. Since nail programs are short they are a great way to get in to the beauty business. After some experience in the profession many nail techs decide they want to go back to school to learn more as a cosmetologist or esthetician.

You’ll learn a variety of topics and skills that will help you to become employable and able to satisfy clients needs. Your program will include how to do manicures and pedicures, safety, cleanliness of work area, implements, recognizing disease, etc. Since self-employment is common, many nail techs like to learn how to run a business. Find a school close by using your ZIP:

Exams and License

After you’ve graduated from school there are still a couple of more steps before you get licensed. You’ll need to satisfy the Cosmetology Board that you’ve done your studies successfully and that you’ve completed grade 10. You will also be required to pay an exam and licensing fee, and provide proof of who you are (ID) and so on.

Once the board receives all the above info you’ll be approved to take the exams. The exams are written/theory and practical/skills. If you pass those exams then you will get your license and be ready to work!

To find work and a good salary in the DC area use online job search sites as well as the school or college where you got your nail tech education.

Unlike some states DC does require you renew your license every two years. Other than applying for your renewal you will need to do some refresher courses on safety and topics similar to those you studied while in school.

If you want to look at neighboring states to see what school they have to choose from take a look at the links to directories further down the page.

Nail Technician Schools in the District of Columbia

Name Address Cost Other Programs
Dermal Science International11301 Sunset Hills Rd., Ste. A-5, Reston, Virginia, 20190Note: Course falls short of the 350 hours required by DCEsthetics, Makeup, Massage
Bennett Career Institute700 Monroe St. Northeast
Washington, DC 20017
Note: Nail tech training is only offered as part of a larger cosmetology programEsthetics, Makeup, Makeup, Hair Braiding
The Salon professional Academy DC90 K Street Northeast, Ste. 103,
Washington, D.C. 20002
Note: Nail tech training is only offered as part of a larger cosmetology programCosmetology, Esthetics
Spectrum Beauty Academy25 South Quaker Ln., Ste. 15
Alexandria, VA 22314
unknownCosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, makeup
Dudley Beauty College2031 Rhode Island Avenue North East, Washington, 20018UnknownCosmetology

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