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Find out more about nail technician schools here.

If you have a desire attend school to become a licensed nail technician in the state of New York, you can start working toward your dream if you are at least seventeen (17) years old and have a basic education. The profession is expected to grow faster than average (www.bls.gov), and New York is an exciting place to work. A candidate with formal education is more likely to get hired.

Here’s how to go about getting your license: The state board of New York requires training at an accredited school or college for at least 250 hours of formal education. The curriculum includes classes about nail art, nail wraps, scrubs, and treatments, but there are also courses about running a business, infection control, and anatomy. At the end of the training, the school will fill out the Affirmation of New York State Approved Schooling on your license application, allowing you to take your exam for licensure.

There is sometimes a short wait period between the time of submission of the application and the completion of exams, so you are allowed to apply for a temporary permit. The temporary permit is for between two to six months and will allow you to work while you are waiting to take your exam. Enter your ZIP below to see what schools are available nearby and come to an informed decision about where you’d like to study to become a licensed NY professional.


The licensure exam has two parts: a written and a practical. The written exam is multiple choice and takes up to two and a half hours. It covers various subjects such as safety, sanitation, and New York rules and regulations. The practical exam will require you to perform certain tasks such as table set-up, basic manicure, and tip application just to name a few. You must score at least a 70% on both parts of the exam to pass. Once you have passed these exams, you will be issued a license and be ready to begin your career.

Also check out the different things you’ll need as part of a student nail tech’s kit.

Elim Beauty School – Flushing

Nail & Skin Care Academy – Jamaica

Christine Valmy International School – Albany

Essencia Aesthetics Academy – Albany

USA Beauty School International – New York


Europa School of Cosmetology – Schenectady

Jordan Lynn School for Appearance Enhancement – Schenectady

Phillips Hair Styling Institute – Syracuse

John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute – Saratoga Springs

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center – Newburgh

Elite Academy of Beauty Art – Brooklyn

John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute – Latham

The Salon Professional Academy – Tonawanda

Visit New York Board of Cosmetology


Many NY Cosmetology schools will also teach nail care and decoration as part of their curriculum.

More listings below…

Nail Technology in the US – Schools by State

Nail Care Schools in Canada

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Austin’s School of Spa Technology – Albany

Aesthetic Science Institute – Latham

Brittany Beauty School – Bronx

Beval International Beauty School – Baldwin

Beauty School of Middletown – Middletown

Career School Beauty Institute – Staten Island

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center – Nanuet

Christine Valmy International School – New York

John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute – New York Mills

Long Island Nail & Skin Institute – Levittown

Midway Paris Makeup School – Queens/Brooklyn

New York Institute of Beauty – Islandia

Shear Ego International School of Hair Design – Rochester

The Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology – Albany

TW Nail Technology – Fishkill

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