Nail Technology

Curriculum for Nail Technician Course (600 Clock Hours)

The Manicuring course consists of six hundred (600) clock hours which includes a minimum of 175 clock hours of technical instruction with the remaining 425 clock hours allotted to the completion of the state board’s minimum specified practical operations, additional practical operations and clinic work.

This course is 200 hours over the state’s minimum requirements to provide students more time to gain and perfect marketable skills – electric nail drill techniques, advanced pedicure and manicure techniques and additional nail enhancements and art skills are taught and mastered.  

Licensed manicurists secure positions as nail techs, nail artists, pedicurists, product demonstrators and sales representatives. The student will learn the technical techniques and methods of performing manicuring, pedicuring, nail wraps and repairs, application of acrylic nails, application of nail tips, safety and sanitation requirements.  Additional techniques in drill work, nail art, paraffin systems, massage, aromatherapy, and gel systems will be taught by the instructors and practiced by the students. Reception desk duties, professionalism, personal and business ethics, personal grooming and dress, employer/employee relationships, customer relations and communication skills will be modeled and discussed.


Manicures and Pedicures 200 
Nail Enhancements 40 
Electric Drill Work 50 
Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy 10 
Artwork 35 
Employment options for Nail Technicians 10 
Advanced Marketing Techniques 10 


Laws & Regulations 10
Health & Safety Considerations 25
Disinfection & Sanitation 25
Anatomy & Physiology 10
BBC Health & Safety Course 10
Cosmetology Chemistry related to Nail Care 10
Bacteriology 10


The goals of the Nail Technician course of study are to prepare students for the state licensing examination and to become profitable as a Nail Technician.  The knowledge and skills will prepare licensed technicians for work as a Nail Technician, Manicurist, Pedicurist, Nail Artist, Podiatrist Assistant, Product Demonstrator, Salon/Spa Owner, Spa/Salon Manager, or Heath/Beauty Sales Representative.  D.O.T. #331.674-010, (CIP #12.0410, S.O.C. #39-5092)


The objectives of the Nail Technician course are for students to:  

Acquire knowledge of laws and regulations created by California State Board of Cosmetology and Department of Consumer Affairs; 

Understand sterilization, disinfection and sanitation procedures; 

Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to nail structure and chemistry; 

Master theory relative to practical manicuring and pedicuring procedures; 

Acquire the ability to perform all required practical operations with a level of performance equal to 75%  which is a [C] grade or better; 

Acquire business management skills and techniques common to nail technicians and manicurists.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 200, 360 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 
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade

Potential Occupation after Completion

Manicurist, Nail technician, Pedicurist, Medical nail technician, Nail Salon Owner/Manager, Product Specialist

Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Students shall have complete Theory and Operations required by Board of Barbering & Cosmetology with a grade average of “C” (70%) or better.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Nail Technician 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 Nail Technician/Manicurist license will be granted by the State of California only after the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Nail Technician course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.