To become a registered manicurist in WV you will first need to complete at least 400 hours of training at one of the states nail technician schools. You can do classes evening and weekends if need be. When choosing a place to study make sure it is approved by the state board!

Topics you will learn about include:

  • anatomy
  • nail diseases
  • manicures and pedicures
  • care and use of instruments
  • nail art and design
  • state law
  • and more…

There will also be lots of hands-on practice as your progress in the course.

To get in to a program you’ll need to have graduated from high school, and be 18 years old or more and not have TB.

The Exams

After graduating from your training you’ll need to then pass three licensing exams.

The first test will be written and cover the topics you’ve gone over in school. You’ll need to have a good working knowledge of topics like safety, chemistry of salon products, how to consult with clients and so on.

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Historic postcard of Weston, WV

The second test is on West Virginia laws and regulations relating to cosmetology. This is a short exam you will need only 30 minutes to finish.

The third and longest exam is a practical that will take three hours. Again it will cover your ability to perform tasks you’ve learned in classes and through servicing clients. You will need to bring your own supplies for this test.

When you’ve passed the exams with a minimum score of 70% you’ll need to submit various documents to the cosmetology board to get your license. However, if you are from another state and are moving to West Virginia to work as a nail tech you’ll need to show proof of work experience, identification and training if you haven’t attended a WV school.


Renewing your license is an annual affair in West Virginia. Many states do not require continuing education credits to remain current but WV does require four hours of refresher courses and retraining every year.

Job prospects are good in the state so it shouldn’t be difficult to get employed. To get an idea of current salaries you can also do a work search on line using the state’s search portal.

Some Nail Technician Schools in West Virginia

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Art & Science Institute45 Cory Road,
Fairmont 26554
$4,500 all inclusiveCosmetology, Aesthetics, Massage
Charleston School of Beauty210 Capitol Street, Charleston, 25301Tuition: $2,000
Registration Fee: $100
Kit: $1,000
Total: $3,100
Aesthetics, Barbering, Cosmetology
The International Beauty School201 West King Str.
Martinsburg 25401
Application fee: $100
Tuition, Books, and Fees: $3,900
Esthetics, Cosmetology, Hair Stylist
Clarksburg Beauty Academy120 South 3rd Street, Clarksburg, 26301UnknownCosmetology, Massage Therapy
Huntington School of Beauty Culture5636 Pinecrest Drive, Huntington, 25705Tuition: $1,800
Registration fee: $100
Books: $530
Total: $2,430
Esthetics, Hair Styling, Cosmetology
Morgantown Beauty College276 Walnut Street, Morgantown, 26505Tuition: $3,295
Application: $100
Books & Fees: $555
Enrollment Fee: $150
Total: $4,100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Hair Styling

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