Utah is a great place to attend beauty school. The Utah spa and tourist industry makes it a perfect place to work in the personal care industry. Working as a nail technician means learning how to care for your client’s hair and nails, as well as keeping everyone relaxed. If attending one of Utah’s many cosmetology schools to become a nail tech seems like an interesting career choice, read on to learn the ins and outs of the work, and how to get your license.

Grat Salt Lake, Utah
Grat Salt Lake, UT

Utah Nail Technician Schools

Your education begins with 300 hours of study and practice with various nail technician skills. Utah requires a heavy emphasis on safety and sanitation, so along with manicure techniques and polish, you will learn chemistry and physiology of the nails and hands, personal safety, diseases and disorders, and courses on the immune system. Once you’ve completed 300 hours or more, you can apply for your exams, and obtain your license through the board.


Once you’ve completed your studies, you will be required to sit for two exams for your license. Your written exam is an hour and a half long and covers physiology and chemistry, as well as nail service tools and other technology you will need to be familiar with. Your practical exam tests your ability to perform tasks in a supervised setting, including your sanitation and safety procedures. You must pass both exams in order to be eligible for a license.

Already Licensed But From Out-Of-State?

Utah does not allow reciprocity, but if you have a nail technician’s license, they may be willing to transfer. If your current license is active and in good standing, and your home state’s requirements are equal or greater than Utah, you may apply for a transfer via an online application, with proof of your education, current license, and exam scores from your state. Transfers are granted on a case-by-case basis.


Once you have a license, you will need to renew every two years. No continuing education hours are required unless you are an instructor. Your date of renewal is September 30th, and you must complete your application, including fees, before that date.


Utah is home to some well-known spas and resorts, making it a great place to work in the beauty industry. If working at a high-end shop doesn’t appeal, you can always open your own nail salon. Once you have been working for at least a year, you can apply for a permit for your own space. Before that, you should take the time to build a client list, with a job where you can absorb and further your skills.

Also take a look at the 28 different supplies you’ll need — including tools and equipment — in order to do your nail training. It is possible to get trained online too.

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