Do you love helping others stay relaxed, look their best, and even stay healthy? If you’re passionate about the beauty industry, love the chance to get creative, and have an eye for color, becoming a nail technician might be the perfect opportunity for you to take your skills to the next level.

Nebraska offers many schools and programs that can help you on your way as a nail technician. In just a few short weeks, you could be licensed as a manicurist, treating nails, offering pedicures, and even helping to diagnose skin conditions and treat bacterial conditions! Nowadays you can even get some nail training online.

Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC

Education Requirements

To become a licensed nail tech, you’ll need to complete a program of no less than 300 hours. You will study manicuring theory, disinfection, and first aid. As well there will be 275 hours of practical training in advanced style and techniques, advanced treatment and decoration, and business and retail management. You will also learn shaping, trimming, and decorating the nails, and cover the basics of running your own salon as well.

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Nail Tech Schools in North Carolina: Listings

Artistic Academy – 114 Wilkesboro Avenue, North Wilkesboro, NC

Henderson Nail Academy – 2103 East Cone Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27405

Miller-Motte College – 3488, 3901 Capital Boulevard #151, Raleigh, NC 27604

Durham Beauty Academy – 4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard #31, Durham, NC 27707

Charlotte Nails Academy – 3000 Central Avenue, 28205-5089 Charlotte

Academy of Nails & Esthetics – 415 Minuet Ln Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28217

NC Nail Tech License

Once your education has been completed, you will need to complete both the written, and practical exams. These are the North Carolina Board-approved exams. You will need to schedule them online after graduating from a registered program.  You must score a 75% on both exams to be eligible for a license.

If you are currently working as a manicurist or nail tech in another state, you may be eligible for license by endorsement in North Carolina. You will need to prove a current license, and have taken a state-board approved or national exam. Your current license needs to be active, with no black marks or disciplinary action.

Renew Your License

Cosmetologist licenses, including nail technician, renew every three years in North Carolina.

You must prove eight hours of continuing education in that three year period. The state board can audit your continuing education credits at any time, so keep records of your course title, description, date of location and number of hours. At least 50% of credits in a given 3 year period should be concerning direct practice in the cosmetic arts. The board will notify you in advance of your renewal date, and you can renew online, or through a paper renewal form.

Working Opportunities

Working as a nail tech has shown a big growth in the last ten years, you can expect to earn a good salary through work at a popular salon or spa.

And once you have at least one year’s experience, you can take on another 320 hours of study, and take the opportunity to become a nail technician instructor, increasing your earning potential, and training the next generation of manicurists!

You may also opt to open your own nail salon, where a keen interest in business could help you become the next big thing in nail care and beauty! According to North Carolina’s job boards the future for cosmetology in general, and nail technicians specifically, looks bright.

Also take a look at the supplies you’ll need — including tools and equipment — in order to do your nail training, and our manicure classes page for info on that topic.

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