Manicurist Course

manicure1The curriculum for students enrolled in a manicurist and pedicurist course shall consist of four hundred (400) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of a manicurist and pedicurist. Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation means the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person.
Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:
Total Theory Hours: 125
Total Practical Hours: 275
Total Hours: 400

Minimum Specified Practical Operations (Minimum number of Hands-on Practices needed)

10 Disinfection and Sanitation
40 Water and Oil manicures
20 Complete Pedicures
80 Acrylic: Liquid and Powder Brush on nails
60 Nail Tips
40 Nail Wraps and repairs

Subject of Technical Instruction Minimum Hours
1. The Cosmetology Act and the Bureau’s Rules and Regulations. 10
2. Cosmetology Chemistry related to manicuring practices. Includes the chemical composition and purpose of nail care preparations 10
 3. Health and Safety/Hazardous Substances – Includes training in chemicals and health establishments, material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, ergonomics, communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. 15
 4.Disinfection and Sanitation – Includes procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician.  The ten required minimum operations shall entail performing all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Sections 979 and 980. Disinfection should be emphasized throughout the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment. 20
 5. Bacteriology, anatomy, and physiology. 10
 6. Water and Oil Manicures, including hand and arm massage. 15
 7. Complete Pedicure, including foot and ankle massage. 10
 8. Application of Artificial Nails (A) Acrylic: Liquid and Powder Brush-Ons 20
 … Application of Artificial Nails (B) Nail Tips 10
 … Application of Artificial Nails (C) Nail wraps and repairs  5

Additional training will be given in the following subject matter

Salon Mgmt., communication skills that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, decorum, record keeping, client service record cards and preparing a resume, employment development, modeling, desk and reception, and care and other subjects relating to Cosmetology field.

Manicuring Performance Objective

Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California Cosmetology establishments’ practices, understand sterilization procedures, acquire the knowledge of general theory relative to manicuring, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory relative to practical procedures performed and acquire business management techniques common to manicurist.

Skills to be Developed

manicure2Use of proper implements relative to all manicuring, pedicuring, and artificial nails. Develop the knowledge to recognize the various skin conditions and disorders. Acquire knowledge of analyzing the hands and feet, prior to all services to determine any disorders. Develop the knowledge of safety precautions in use of manicuring, pedicure and artificial nails

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to manicuring, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealing with patrons and colleagues.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 200 and 400 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be calculated with the following weights:

  1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade
Grading Scale Letter Performance
100% – 90% A Excellent Performance
89% – 80% B Above Average Performance
79% – 70% C Satisfactory Performance
69% – 50% D Unsatisfactory Performance
49% – or below F Fail
Grading Period Minimum Average Grade
200 hrs 70
400 hrs 70

In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150% timeframe.

Grading Period Minimum Average Grade
200 hrs 134
400 hrs 267
600 hrs 400

Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Shall have completed Theory and Operations required by Board of Barbering & Cosmetology with a grade average of “C” (70%) or better. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Esthetician with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers. Students are assisted in completing the necessary documents to file for the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology Examination.

Licensing Requirements

Applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade, A Esthetician license will be granted by the State of California only alter the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Cosmetology course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.