To complete the education requirements to become a ND nail tech at least 350 hours (that’s not as long many states!) at one of the states schools offering a nail program is needed. Classes will include training in topics and techniques similar to that of other states: health and safety, acrylic nails, nail design and decoration, manicures, pedicures, salon management and so on.

Apartment buildings where you can stay while training - North Dakota
Apartment buildings where you can stay while training – North Dakota

The Exams

Next passing three exams is necessary. Those tests are a written theory exam, a test on laws and regulations governing nail technicians in North Dakota, and a practical exam.

You must pass the first two exams before you can take the practical. Once you’ve successfully done your practical you can then sit back and wait to receive your license, as your license application is automatic upon passing all three exams. This is in contrast to many other states where you must pay a fee and apply for a license. (Just red tape to make more money for bureaucrats!) 

In brief, the written takes ninety minutes or less and covers topics you’ve covered in school such as: anatomy, product and equipment usage, assessing nails, nail health, safety and much more.

The law exam covers just that: laws that govern manicurists in North Dakota.

The practical exam will test you on your competency at skills learned during your nail program. If you have studied and trained well to the satisfaction of your teachers your should do well! Make sure to bring the supplies you’ll need to complete the assigned tasks. For info on exactly what you’ll be tested on check out the state board’s site.

Out-of-State Applicants

People move around! If you happen to be a nail tech that wants to work in ND you’ll need to apply for a license through the state board.

If you’ve completed training and have work experience in another state then you will need to provide proof of education, work experience and your previous license along with identification and a fee.

ND requires that you renew your license every year, but there is no need to prove continuing education courses have been taken when it comes time to renew your license.

Once you are a registered professional North Dakota nail tech you can look for work. Often your school will help with this but there are also good websites for online job search.

Nail Technician Schools in North Dakota

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Josef's School of Hair DesignFargo, Grand ForksApplication: $100
Kit: $340
Tuition: $2000
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage
The Hair Academy2101 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck 58501n/aAesthetics, Hair Styling, Hair Cutting
JZ Trend Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School1320 Tacoma Avenue Bismarck, 58504Tuition: $3,900.00
Application Fee (nonrefundable): $100.00
Books/Supplies: $1,000.00
Total : $5,000
The Salon Professional Academy - Fargo4377 15th Avenue South, Fargo, 58103Tuition & Fees: $16,490 Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy

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