Nail Technician

The U.S. market for nail services saw revenues of $8.5 billion in 2014, according to statistics company Statista. Nail technicians, also referred to as manicurists and pedicurists, will reap the rewards of this thriving industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 86,900 manicurists and pedicurists licensed in the United States in 2012. By 2022, this number is expected to increase to 100,400, representing an increase of 16 percent.

In all states, except Connecticut, nail technicians must hold a valid state license in order to practice legally. NAILS Magazine reported in a 2013 survey that 78 percent of nail professionals were licensed specifically as nail technicians, while 17 percent were licensed as cosmetologists and 9 percent were licensed as estheticians. The shortest route to working as a manicurist in the U.S. is to earn a nail technician license, which requires the successful completion of a formal nail technician program or apprenticeship and a nail technician licensing exam.


Some states, like California, require as much as 600 hours of training through a nail technician program, while other states, like Massachusetts, require as little as 100 hours of training. After completing the program, nail technicians must take written and practical exams to get a license through their state board.

This series of twenty-eight classes is being taught by Lynn Wiles, owner of Lynn Wiles and Company. Classes meet weekday evenings (four hours twice per week for fourteen weeks) so that you can work and go to school. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. Applicants for licensure must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.


Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning October 4th, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
Cost: $1,250 for all twenty-eight classes (text, workbook and kit included)

Online Payment Options: $550 before the course begins, and three additional $275 payments due November 1, December 1, and January 1 or save 10% and pay $1,250 in full before class begins.

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