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Minnesota may not be the most exciting state on the map, but the miles of coastline, and gorgeous fields definitely get you thinking about beauty! And if you’re interested in a career in beauty, and keeping those working hands healthy and gorgeous, working as a nail tech could offer you a rewarding way to build a great career. Schools in Minnesota can help you work toward getting your license, while Minnesota’s many relaxing salons and spas offer great opportunities for a budding manicurist!

What Does it Take To Graduate?

The Minnesota Board of Cosmetology requires a program of 350 hours to qualify you for a nail technician license. You will study theory in the classroom environment. Practical training will begin on hand mannequins, but you will be given the opportunity to learn on real, live clients as well. You’ll study everything from pre-clinic nail care, salon preparation and sanitation, as well as the basics of manicure and pedicures and manicure tool use..


You must pass two exams before you can be licensed. The theory exam is a multiple choice written test. You must get at least a 70% on this exam to pass. The practical involves a kit, and hand mannequin to test out your knowledge of nail structure, personal hygiene, tools, and equipment, and application and removal of nail tips, gels, and acrylics, among other things. You must pass with a 75% to qualify for licensure. You will be given your scores on the day of your exam, and can apply after you’ve passed both.

The state board requires at least 350 hours of study before you can be licensed as a manicurist in Minnesota. If you are currently licensed in another state, and can prove at least 1800 hours of licensed work experience over the last three years, but you do not meet the education requirements, you may write the Minnesota exams to qualify for license.

Your Minnesota manicurist license needs to be renewed every three years. You will be required at least 5 hours of continuing education between each renewal period, including three hours of health, sanitation and safety training, and the remaining updating state laws and rules.

Get Work As Nail Tech in MI

Minnesota’s tourist industry and luxury resorts offer plenty of opportunity for enterprising nail technicians. You may also choose to open your own nail salon, after you’ve met the required 2700 hours experience. The data shows that the Minnesota beauty industry can expect growth over the next ten years, making it a great time to start working in this rewarding field.

Avalon School of Cosmetology – Worthington

Cosmetology Careers Unlimited – Duluth

Nova Academy of Cosmetology – Rochester

Model College of Hair Design – St. Cloud

PCI Academy – Plymouth

Other Minnesota schools for cosmetologists, estheticians, barbers and makeup artists.

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

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