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Nail Technician Schools in Maryland

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This article is primarily about nail technician schools in Maryland state. It first puts the beauty services industry in Maryland in perspective and goes on to outline the licensure requirements for nail technicians in the state and finally identifies the accredited nail technician schools here.


Maryland in southern United States is a leading center of life sciences and biotechnological research. About 350 companies belonging to this sector have their base in Maryland. With an area of 2,406.68 square miles and a 2010 census population of 5,773,552, it is the eighth smallest state of the country. Baltimore and Washington DC are the two major cities which along with their suburbs account for the majority of the population of the state. As far as beauty services are concerned Maryland is no New York or California. But there exists reasonably good demand for various beauty services as indicated by the many salons and spas spread across the state, but more concentrated in the two major cities.

Licensure requirements

Before looking at the nail technician schools in Maryland, let’s discuss the licensure requirements for nail technicians in Maryland. Maryland state law requires that you obtain a license to practise as a nail technician in the state. The license is issued by the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists on satisfying the requirements and passing an examination. The requirements to be satisfied by the applicant for a nail technician license are:

- At least 17 years of age
- Minimum qualification ninth grade or GED
- Proof of completion of at least 250 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 8 months as a registered apprentice with at least 30 hours per week in a licensed salon.

For those who want to take the apprentice route, they need to submit an application and sponsorship form signed by a senior cosmetologist or a licensed nail technician with two years experience. This license is issued for one year.

The nail technician license is issued for a period of two years after which it needs to be renewed. There are no continuing education requirements for license renewal.

If you require more information on nail technician licensing in Maryland, please contact:

Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists

500 N. Calvert St., Room 201
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651

Nail technician schools in Maryland

Here are the schools that currently offer nail technician training in Maryland.

Nail Technician Schools in Maryland


1. Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015-1696

2. Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy
111 Salisbury, MD 410-742-7929

3. Madison Institute of Cosmetology
2 Carroll Plaza Shopping Center
Westminster MD 21157

4. Aaron’s Academy of Beauty
11690 Doolittle Drive
Waldorf MD 20602

5. Aesthetics Institute of Cosmetology
701 Russell Avenue, Space H110
Gaithersburg MD 20877

6.American Beauty Academy
11006 Veirs Mill Road, Suite L2
Wheaton MD 20902

7. American Beauty Academy – Baltimore
4719 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

8. Colorlab Academy of Hair (The)
227 Archer Street
Bel Air MD 21014

9. Award Beauty School
26 East Antietam Street
Hagerstown MD 21740

10. The Fila Academy
6320-F Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie MD 21061

11.Frederick School of Cosmetology
403 S. Jefferson St.
8A Prospect Plaza
Frederick MD 2170

12. Hair Academy – New Carrollton
8435 Annapolis Road
New Carrollton MD 20784

13. International Beauty School – Cumberland
119 N. Centre Street
Cumberland MD 21502

14. Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
1811-B York Road
Timonium MD 21093

All the above schools offer 250 hours training programs that prepare the students for the state licensing examination. Fee, timing, availability of financial assistance, placement support etc. are seen to vary between the schools.

To sum up, for getting a license as a nail technician, one can either go for a formal training or 250 hours or do an apprenticeship under a licensed cosmetologist or nail technician. The fourteen nail technician schools in Maryland have been listed above. Prospective students can evaluate them and decide which one fits their requirements better.

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