How Long Does It Take?
According to the state board, you’ll need at least 400 hours of courses to get certified. During the course of your education, you’ll cover a variety of critical topics such as safety, hygiene, maintaining tools and supplies, nail acrylics, anatomy, toenail and fingernail health, business ethics and so on. You’ll also have plenty of technical education in proper nail styling and care. In fact, the experiential part of your studies forms the larger part of your training hours.
You may also be able to get your certification by completing an apprenticeship with an experienced nail technician. This typically requires more hours than an education program. If your education program does not have 400 hours available, you can also make up the missing hours with relevant work experience.
In Vermont, you must be at least 18 to become a nail tech, unlike other states where the minimum age is 16.
In Vermont, the nail technician test consists of a 90-minute nail theory exam, a test on relevant Vermont law, and a 100-minute practical nail care exam. Results become available 10 business days after the exam.
Once you have received your license, you will need to renew it by November 30th of every odd-numbered year. You will receive a renewal reminder and application through the Office of Professional Regulation.
Transferring To Work in VT From Elsewhere?
If you have been a licensed nail technician in another state, you can transfer your certification if it meets the Vermont requirements. For this to be effective, you will need to:
- have passed a nail tech exam in your home state
- have completed a relevant educational program of at least 400 hours (or have relevant work experience)
- have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- pass the Vermont state law exam
- You will also need a verification of your certification from your home state
Seeking work after you have you are license is easily done via contacts you’ve made in school or through job search sites. Getting a good salary is possible right off the bat as there is demand for new manicurists all the time.
Vermont Nail Technician Schools
|Academy of Cosmetology||Route 67A|
North Bennington, 05257
|O'Brien's Aveda Institute||400 Cornerstone Drive Suite 220, Williston, 05495||Note: nail tech training is only offered as part of a larger Cosmetology program that costs around $18,600 includes all fees, books, supplies and tuition||Esthetics, Barbering, Spa Therapy|
|Southwest Vermont Career Development Center||321 Park Street,|
|Nail training is available as part of the cosmetology programBrochure||many other programs|
|Hartford Area Career & Technology Center||1 Gifford Road, White River Junction 05001||n/a||many other programs|
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