Personal Care & Related Health Services

Nail TechNail Technician - Certificate

Manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments are consistently among the most popular beauty treatments, so there is a strong demand for skilled nail technicians. HGTC's Nail Technician certificate program teaches basic nail care, various nail additions, repair wraps, sanitation procedures, and salon-management practices. Licensed nail technicians must demonstrate that they have completed a 360-hour training program approved by the State Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, and then must pass both written and practical exams of the State Board of Cosmetology. 

Credit Requirements: 17 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

Nail technicians take off old nail polish, cut and shape the nails, soften the skin around the area, and prepare the nails for polish before polishing them. They engage in conversation with their clients and often develop relationships with them, which usually results in repeat business. In high-end spas, nail technicians also provide hand and foot massages.

Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:
  • Nail salons
  • Hair salons
  • Spas
  • Resorts
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