Nail Technician Instructor

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Nail Technician Instructor will prepare students to provide instruction for Nail Technician program students. Additionally, students will learn how to write and deliver a successful lesson plan, and will graduate from the program with the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining an effective classroom. Topics also include knowledge of laws pertaining to the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology, safety and sanitation, and state board regulations. Upon completing the Nail Technician Instructor program, students will be prepared to take the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Instructor Licensing Exam.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


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

1. Must hold current Arizona Cosmetologist or Nail Technician license in good standing.

2. Must have one year of industry work experience.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must complete all required competencies and clock hours as well as receive a score of 80% or higher in the Cosmetology Instructor Program in order to be eligible to apply for a certificate of competency. However, a certificate of competency does not guarantee graduates are an instructor in any state. Students must pass the Arizona state board licensing exam in order to teach in Arizona. The Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology can deny an application should it be determined that a candidate does not meet the requirements for citizenship and/or high school education requirements. If students have any concerns about meeting these requirements, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Arizona State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology directly via its website: HTTPS://BOC.AZ.GOV, give full disclosure of the situation, and save any written response. GateWay Community College is not liable for graduates who do not receive an Arizona instructor license and will not give refunds for tuition and fees. Completion of this program is not a guarantee of employment.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Identify the basic needs and demands on an effective classroom instructor.
  2. Demonstrate learned concepts through effective lesson plan creation.
  3. Describe learned concepts in theory, to successfully pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology`s Instructor Licensing Exam with 80% or better.
  4. Demonstrate teaching methods and classroom management in a live teaching setting, under the direction of a licensed cosmetology instructor.
  5. Implement various learning assessment methods in a live classroom and salon setting.
  6. Complete final theory and practical demonstration rubric, including lesson plan construction and written examination with an 80%, to be eligible for Arizona Board of Cosmetology certification and licensure.

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.

Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers


* 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
COS250 Instructor in Training Orientation 80
COS251 Instructor in Training I 135
COS252 Instructor in Training II 135

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.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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

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