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Ohio attractions like this old temple/church can keep you entertained when you're not attending nail art classes
Cleveland, Ohio’s interesting “True Holiness Temple” by Matthew Trump [GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

A nail tech in Ohio must have attended one or more nail technician schools and received the required training. The training involves 200 hours or more of approved manicurist courses. The courses include safety, nail anatomy, and use of tools and supplies and more.

Upon graduating from Ohio nail tech schools you will also need to pass practical and written tests to confirm your eligibility to have a nail license in Ohio. Proctoring both the exams is the Ohio state board of cosmetology.

Written Exams

For written or theoretical exams, you will need to answer 110 multiple-choice questions in 90 minutes.

Practical Exams

The main aim of the practical exams is to test your physical ability to provide different types of manicurist services. In preparation for the exams you will need to have a kit of general supplies and mannequin hands. The areas that you are likely to be tested include basic manicure, sculptured nail. Once you are through you will receive your Ohio manicurist license.

Out-Of-State Estheticians Wanting to Work in Ohio

If you are resident of another state other than Ohio you can still apply for your license because Ohio has agreements with other states. However, you must forward the necessary paperwork such as:

  • Out-of-state license application
  • Your most recent photograph
  • Your existing manicuring license
  • Complete Ohio’s continuing education requirements

You will also need to pass both theory and practical with a grade of 75% or more.

After all that you will no doubt be looking for good-paying work. For help in finding a job you can network with peers, your school or  use a job-finding site in OH like

Continuing Ed & Renewing  Your License

Apart from those, you also have to renew your license after every couple of years using the online renewal system. However, you must first complete 8 hours or more of continuing education. The board is responsible for pre-approving your classes, and your courses must focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of manicuring.

Read our page here about what kind of classes you’ll be taking in nail school, and see what supplies you’ll need to do your training.

Enter your ZIP below to see where you can train nearby to become a licensed OH nail tech.

Ohio Nail Technician Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Casal Aveda Institute6000 Mahoning Avenue
Austintown, 44515
$3,430Advanced Cosmetology, Advanced Esthetics, Hair Designer, Advanced Manicurist
Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology (North Dayton Campus)Vandalia 7535 Poe Avenue Dayton, 45414 $2,350Cosmetology, Advanced Esthetics
Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology (South Dayton Campus)568 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Township, 45459$2,350Cosmetology, Advanced Esthetics
Summit Salon Academy Perrysburg 116 West South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, 43551$3,000Cosmetology, Esthetics
Tiffin Academy of Hair Design104 East Market Street, Tiffin, 44883UnknownCosmetology

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