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How Many Hours is the Training?
There are many schools to choose from if you’d like to be a nail tech in TX. However, to legally perform any nail work in the state, you must first complete a 600-hour nail technician course. Such a program consists of training and classwork and is the same in hours among all the different colleges.
Texas state law requires that nail technician schools must offer programs that include sections such as
- professional practices
- manicurist orientation/laws/rules
- manicurist supplies/tools/implements.
Each of these sections are also required, by law, to have a certain number of hours of instruction.
Exams: Practical and Written
To be eligible to receive manicurist certification, you will next be required to take and pass both a written and practical examination. You will begin by applying for this exam by submitting a Cosmetology License by Examination Application and indicating either the Manicurist Specialty or Cosmetology Manicurist.
You may also apply for a temporary permit by applying and paying online. Once you take and pass your practical exam, you will be able to apply for and pay for this permit, as well as begin practicing immediately. This permit is valid for only 21 days. During this time, the department will begin processing your two-year license.
Reciprocity for Nail Techs Moving to Texas
If you are already licensed in another state, you may be eligible to receive a Texas license automatically… especially if your home state has similar licensing requirements. However, TX does not recognize manicurists from other states who were trained through apprenticeships.
As long as the right conditions are met, you can complete a License by Reciprocity Application, which will then be submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (link). From there, you will be sent a postcard with information to help you register for your exams.
Some Texas Nail Technician Schools
|American National College||1611 Spencer Highway Suite E, South Houston, 77587||$5,000||Cosmetology|
|Beauty School of Dallas||4425 West Walnut Street Suite 315 Garland, 75042||Unknown||Aesthetics|
|Central Texas Beauty College||2010 South 57th Street Temple, 76504||$4,600||Cosmetology|
|Exposito School of Hair Design||3710 Mockingbird Lane |
|Houston Training School||10314 East Freeway|
|Mims Classic Beauty College||5121 Blanco Road, San Antonio, 78216||$3,500||Cosmetology|
Austin Cosmetology & Permanent Cosmetics Institute – Austin
University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Harlingen
Behold Beauty Academy – Houston
Franklin Beauty Schools – Houston
Sebring Career Schools – Houston
Maitrix Beauty College – Houston
360 Degrees Beauty Academy – Houston
De professional Barber College – Houston
B1 Careers Beauty School – Houston
Ogle School of Hair, Skin, and Nails – Houston-Stafford
Sebring Career Schools of Hair – Huntsville
Angel Beauty Academy – Irving
Lumberton Adult Education – Lumberton
International Business School – McKinney
Star College of Cosmetology – Nacogdoches
S.W. School of Business & Technical Careers (Southwest-Commercial) – San Antonio
Sherman Cosmetology College – Sherman
Stephenville Beauty College – Stephenville
Texarkana Cosmetology Academy – Texarkana
Star College of Cosmetology – Tyler
Victoria Beauty College – Victoria
Vogue Beauty College – Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Waco, McAllen, Lubbock, Corpus Christi
Star College of Cosmetology – Longview
Visit Texas Board of Cosmetology to learn about nail technician certification and license requirements.
Sterilization requirement for Texas nail workers pdf.
If you’ve never visited a nail school before you may want to take a look at our page describing what goes on when you are a student there day to day.
- Glamour Make-up and Hair Academy – Lewisville
- www.houstontrainingschools.net – Houston
- Lubbock Cosmetology School – Lubbock
- Milan Institute of Cosmetology – El Paso
- Metroplex Beauty School – Mesquite
- Milan Institute San Antonio – (NW Loop 410)
- Quest College – San Antonio
- Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology – Grand Prairie
- Tri-State Cosmetology Institute – El Paso
- University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences San Antonio, McAllen
- Vogue Beauty College
Any Texas schools for nail techs missing? Please use our contact form to let us know.