Nail Technician

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Nail Technician prepares individuals to understand and apply techniques needed to successfully complete competencies in accordance to the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as a nail technician, under the supervision of a licensed instructor. Students will learn proper steps in safety, sanitation, shaping of the fingernails and toenails with various nail files, remove unwanted cuticle skin, calluses, product application and use, massage, nail sculpture, nail enhancements, design art, customer service skills, laws and regulations, marketing, and business practices.


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Nail Technician (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must successfully pass each course with a minimum grade of 80% and 100% of the course hours required in order to continue on to the next course. Students may apply for graduation from the Nail Technician program upon successful completion of the program hours and a score of 80% or higher. Completion of the program does not guarantee a nail technician license (in any state). The Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology may deny an application if it`s determined that the student does not meet citizenship and/or high school education requirements if under the age of 18. If students have concerns about their citizenship status and/or high school education requirements, they are strongly encouraged to immediately contact the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology via its website: HTTPS://BOC.AZ.GOV, give full disclosure of their situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College will not give refunds or be held liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona nail technician license.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply proper infection control procedures, safety techniques, and first aid.
  2. Explain the fundamental concepts of microbiology in nail technology.
  3. Explain and identify the fundamental concepts of nail theory.
  4. Demonstrate proper nail care services and applications.
  5. Demonstrate advanced nail and skin care services.
  6. Identify and apply tools and resources needed to gain employment in the beauty industry.
  7. Apply and demonstrate learned concepts in practical applications to successfully pass final written exam with 80% or better.
  8. Apply and describe learned concepts in theory to successfully pass final written exam with 80% or better.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
NLT100 Nail Technology I 200
NLT105 Nail Technology II 200

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
NLT110 Nail Technology III 200

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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