Find out more about nail technician schools here.

In order to ensure safe and quality work for their clients manicurists in Missouri must first meet regulations and qualify for a license. Once licensed, nail professionals are permitted to carry out cutting, coloring, tinting, cleaning, polishing, applying artificial nails as well as massaging and cleaning hands, arms and feet. The first step is to find a place to train you. Enter your ZIP below to find a good school near you and train to become a licensed MO nail technician.

There are two routes available. Firstly, you can study through a formal nail technology program with a minimum of 400 hours course work. This will cover a wide variety of subjects including sanitation, state law, salesmanship as well as the practical work of manicuring, hand massage and the treatment of nails.

To qualify for a Missouri nail technician school you must be aged 17 or older and have completed 10th grade. To submit the Student Enrolment application you need to include the enrolment fee, proof of schooling, proof of age and two passport-sized photographs.

The second route available to gaining licensure is through the completion of an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship must be completed under the supervision of a licensed cosmetologist and be at least 800 hours in length.

Upon completion of your course you will be required to sit both written and practical examinations. You must register with Professional Credential Services (PCS) either online or over the phone. You then need to apply for an Examination/ Temporary Permit from the State Board office. Once approved, you will receive scheduling details. You are required to score at least 75% on both examinations to pass.

You will receive your license (Class MO- manicure) shortly after passing your exams. All manicurists’ licenses in Missouri are renewed on September 30th of odd years. No ongoing education is required however, many find courses and seminars essential to keep up with ever-changing trends.

Take a look at our blog post about nail designs to get an idea about some of the things you’ll be learning and our page on the supplies you’ll need for school.

Lighthouse Career Academy – Branson

Lake University of Cosmetology – Camdenton

Golden Valley Beauty Academy – Clinton

Academy of Beauty by Patsy and Rob – Cottleville

Adam & Eve College of Beauty – Independence

Class Act School of Cosmetology – Joplin

The Hair Academy – Kirksville

Artistic College of Cosmetology – Kirkwood

The Salon Professional Academy – St. Charles

The Salon Professional Academy – Branson

Aesthetics Institute-St Louis – Overland

Second Chance Career Academy Inc. – Overland

Academy of Beauty by Patsy and Rob – St. Ann

Abbott Academy of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences – St. Peters

La Plante School-Hairstyling – Twin Oaks

A Cut Up Curl Up & Dye Academy – Willard

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

More listings below…

Nail Technology in the US – Schools by State

Nail Care Schools in Canada

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Advance Beauty College Warrenton

Advance Beauty College Hannibal

Academy of Hair Design Springfield

City Pointe Beauty Academy Joplin

Diva’s Unlimited Academy St. Louis

Grabber School of Hair Design and Nail Technology Ballwin

Heavilin College of Beauty Grandview

House of Heavilin Beauty College Blue Springs

Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science

Neosho Beauty College Neosho

Paris II Educational Center Gladstone

Sam Brown’s Institute of Cosmetology Columbia


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