For you to become a nail professional in Florida there are educational and regulatory requirements — the first is to choose among the many Florida nail tech schools you can attend. The rules are in place to make sure that all nail technicians are professional service providers. It also protects the integrity of the profession as well as clients.

How Many Hours Will You Need?

In Florida you will have to enrol at a beauty college and have at least 240 hours of intensive education on polishing, buffing, nail art, anatomy of hands, manicures, pedicures, tints, colours and extensions and so on. You may be able to get the necessary hours through an online nail school as well. For ideas on how to finance your education check here.

However, for you to get a letter of completion, there is a final exam that you need to take and score at least 75% on. Getting a letter of completion means that you’ve completed the education part of your program. You still need to submit an Application for Initial License Based on Florida Education through an online portal at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This approval will enable you to perform nail tech services to clients, because you will have passed both the education and the regulatory requirements.

While awaiting your approval you can be a nail specialist in a licensed beauty salon in Florida, but you need to be under the supervision of a registered nail specialist. This is to ensure that you’ve clearly mastered all the skills taught in class and you are able to apply them well.

Florida’s License Renewal Guidelines

After your registration is approved, you can provide nail tech services without any supervision. However, you’ll still need to renew your registration every 2 years to continue working legally. To renew your registration you can use the website. Remember, though, that there is 16 hours of continuing education required. This additional 16 hour is to fine tune and refresh your skills as a nail tech in Florida and must be done at a board-approved school.

To find work in Florida and get a competitive wage and good starting salary try job searching at

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Academy of Career Training Barbering & Beauty School3501 West Vine Street, Suite 111, Kissimmee, 34741Tuition: $1000
Registration fee: $100.00
Cosmetology, Barbering, Skin Care Specialist, Massage Therapy, Body Wrapping, Hair Braiding
Academy Of Cosmetology2088 North Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island,32953Tuition $2,500.00
Registration Fee 100.00 (Non-refundable)
Kit Fee 400.00 (Non-refundable)
Total Required $3,000.00
Cosmetology,Full Specialist ,Restricted Barbering, Massage Therapy, Skin Care
American Academy of Cosmetology1330 Blanding Boulevard Orange Park, 32065Tuition & Fees: $3,330
Books & Supplies: $660
Cosmetology, Barbering, Facial Specialist, Full Specialist, Massage
American Institute of Beauty, Inc.3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, 33771
Registration $100.00
Kit $500.00
Lab $225.00
Tuition $2,300.00
Total Cost $3,125.00
Clinical Skin Care,
Full Specialty,
Skin Care,
Master Barber
Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy985 East Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, 33801Tuition $ 2,900
Lab Fee $29
Kit $250.00
Books $137.17
Registration Fee $100.00
Total Cost $ 3,420.50
Full Specialist, Massage Therapy
ASM Beauty World Academy, Inc.6423 Stirling Road,
Davie, 33314
Tuition & Fees: $1,080
Books & Supplies: $420
Cosmetology, Barber, Full Specialist, Skin Care, Makeup Artistry & many more

Academy of Beauty & Business – St Petersburg

Academy of Beauty Careers – Merritt Island

Academy of Health and Beauty Care – Sunrise

Academy of Health and Beauty – Orlando

Ambiance Nail Academy – Pembroke Pines

Angels Nails Academy Inc – Tampa

Anton Aesthetics Academy – West Palm Beach

Modern School of Hair Design – Dundee

Naples Academy of Beauty – Naples

Cindy Lee’s Facial & Nail Inst – Daytona Beach

Exotica Beauty Academy – Miramar

Fena Beauty Institute – Winter Park

Florida Beauty Academy – Casselberry

Gainesville School Hairstyling – Gainesville

Gloria’s Academy of Nail & Beauty Technology, Inc. – Fort Lauderdale

Hollywood Nail Academy – Orlando

Institute of Creative Enhancement – Altamonte Springs

Institute of Nail Sculpturing – Palm Beach Gardens

International Academy – South Daytona, FL

New Concept Massage and Beauty School – Miami

Orange Park International School of Beauty – Orange Park

Rossie Nail Tech School – Hialeah

Powell’s Beauty Academy – Gainesville

Step Ahead Cosmetology School – Lynn Haven (Panama City area)

TLC Aesthetic and Nail Institute – Ocala

Universal Career Institute – Lauderhill

GUTI – The Premier Beauty and Wellness Academy – Bradenton & Brandon – an elite cosmetology and barber school offering programs in a wide range of areas, particularly nail technology.  Financial Aid is available for qualifying students. The nail program trains students in manicuring, pedicuring, nail art and so much more.  Contact us today about admissions or a school tour.

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Brandon

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Inverness

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Seminole

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Tampa North

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Tampa West

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Town and Country

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy – Tampa South

Margate School of Beauty – Margate / Ft. Lauderdale

The Salon Professional Academy – Fort Myers (North), Inverness, Palm Beach – Boynton Beach

World Class Academy of Beauty

Visit Florida Board of Cosmetology to learn about nail technician certification and license requirements.

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More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list Florida schools for barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists and makeup artists. – Kissimmee, Deltona – West Melbourne, Merritt Island – Delray Beach, Orange Park , FL – Clearwater area-Largo, FL and St. Petersburg – Brandon-Tampa area, FL, and Lakeland, FL – Davie – Hialeah, FL, Homestead, FL, Miami Beach, FL, Miami, FL, North Miami Beach, FL – New Port Richey

Boca Beauty Academy – Boca Raton, FL

Celebrity School of Beauty – Miami

Fashion Focus Hair Academy – Sarasota

Florida Academy – Fort Myers, FL

Florida Career College – Pembroke Pines

Florida Community College – Jacksonville

Florida Technical College – Kissimmee

Hollywood Beauty Academy – Orlando

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers – Hollywood, Miami Beach, Casselberry, West Palm Beach, FL

Jacksonville Beauty Institute – Jacksonville

Kaizen Beauty Academy – Pembroke Pines

Labelle Beauty Academy – Miami

Loraine’s Academy, Inc. – St. Petersburg, FL

North Florida Cosmetology Institute – Tallahassee

Nouvelle Institute – Hialeah

Pensacola State College – Pensacola

Prestige Beauty Academy – Sunny Isles Beach

Puttin’ on the Tips Cosmetology School – Ocala

Shear Excellence Hair Academy – Tampa

Sunstate Academy – Clearwater, & Fort Myers, FL

The Florida Academy of Health and Beauty – Wilton Manors, FL

Any academies for the training of Florida nail techs missing? Please use our contact form to let us know.