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How to Become a Nail Technician?

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Although manicurists comprise only about 3 percent of the cosmetology industry, over 20 percent of future openings in the field will be for nail technicians. Look for programs accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).

Nail technicians and technologists are also known as manicurists and pedicurists. They work in spas and salons and provide a variety of treatments that focus on beautifying the hands and feet. Vocational and cosmetology schools offer certification programs and prepare students to become licensed nail tech professionals.

A high school diploma or GED is a prerequisite for nail tech licensure, and it may also be required for admission to some postsecondary training schools. Take the opportunity to prepare for nail tech training by getting practice in high school. Some vocational and trade schools offer instruction to students, and this training gives individuals experience prior to entering the workforce or pursuing postsecondary training.

Certificates in nail technology and cosmetology are available through beauty, cosmetology, vocational or trade schools. Individuals must be at least 16 years old. Course topics cover a variety of nail technologies, including acrylic nails, gel nails, nail tips and silk wraps. Different procedures, such as oil and water-based manicures and pedicures, are also taught. Students learn about health and safety issues, client relations and store management. Students at full-time status complete training within 3-6 months. A part-time basis can take up to a year to complete training.

Nail techs may complete apprenticeship programs in licensed establishments, such as salons and barber shops, under the supervision of a licensed professional. These programs are not required, but are a good way for individuals to learn the ropes before finding employment. Apprenticeship programs for nail technicians are often state approved.

All 50 states require nail techs to be licensed. Licensure is granted upon graduation from an approved cosmetology program. This ensures all nail techs are up-to-date on state laws and follow the rules and regulations of sanitation and work ethics. Nail technicians may be required to renew their license, and this typically occurs annually or biennially. Guidelines for licensure vary by state. After licensure, employment opportunities await nail techs in barber shops, salons and spas. Some professionals are self-employed and own their own businesses.

Becoming a nail technician can be both fun and rewarding. However, it is important to have the right resources in order to be successful. You can read magazines, take classes, or attend workshops in order to stay up to date on the latest nail techniques and methods. The Nail Art Video Course may be a valuable resource for nail technicians. It has videos on how to achieve professional nails. If you may possibly be interested in starting your own business, check out Nail Salon Success.

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