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The outdoorsy folk of Montana may not care much about the health of their hands, but if you’re looking to become a nail tech, chances are, you do! The right career path could be as simple as choosing one of Montana’s fantastic beauty schools.
A career in beauty lets you use your creativity, and meet people from all walks of life. If this sounds appealing to you, read on to learn how to get your license, and become a manicurist in Montana!
Nail Tech Training Requirements in MT
Nail technology education programs require at least 350 hours of training to be eligible for licensing. This is short program compared to full cosmetology, so you shouldn’t need financing but if you do check out this page. Beauty school is a great opportunity to learn many skills, including manicure and pedicures, applying acrylics, electric nail filing, salon management, and other classes. Use our app to find schools closest to you:
Licensing Procedure for Nail Students in Montana
If you’re attending a registered program, and can prove that you are at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or equivalent, your school will apply on your behalf, but you will be required to submit the application fee. You should hear back about your eligibility to take exams in about ten days. Montana uses the NIC exams, in this case the National Nail Technology Examination.
You must pass both the theory and practical exams. You will be given information on where and how to take your exams once you’ve been approved. You must receive at least a 75% on both exams to pass.
If you are currently working in another state, and hold a manicurist license there, you may still be eligible for a Montana license by endorsement. You must submit the license by endorsement application to the board, and provide your license history. Your current license must be active and in good standing.
If your home state uses the NIC exam, you may be eligible for endorsement. If not, or if your required hours of study are lower in your home state than Montana, then you may be required to make up those hours at a Montana institution, or through work experience hours.
You must renew your nail technician license every two years. No continuing education is required, though it will help your career to stay on top of the latest salon and business practices, and regularly update your knowledge of technologies and techniques used in the industry. Date of renewal is March 1st.
Nail Tech Jobs in MT
Montana has many working opportunities in their beauty industry, and work as a manicurist is no different.
Whether you choose to work at one of Montana’s popular salons or spas, or you’re more interested in starting your own business, the right foundation is key.
Check with your school for that first job opportunity, and be open to the flexibility of renting a chair in an established salon when you are starting out. Soon, you’ll have all the experience you need to build your business!
The supplies you’ll need — including tools and equipment — in order to do your nail training.
Montana Nail Technician Schools
The Nail Institute – Billings
Bold Beauty Academy Billings
Creviers School of Cosmetology Kalispell
Montana Beauty College Miles City
Montana Academy of Salons Great Falls
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