A nail technician is a trained professional who specializes in providing beauty-related services on nails. As a nail technician, you will perform manicures, pedicures, nail applications and other beauty treatments performed by nail technicians.
You will learn the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining a clientele; sanitation practices and requirements; and knowledge of state laws and business management skills specific to nail technicians.
Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, but does not guarantee you an Nail Technician License in any state.
To be a practicing Nail Technician, you must apply for a license with the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology.
The Board of Cosmetology may deny your application if you do not meet its citizenship and/or high school education requirements. Visit its website for details.
Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance
Advisor Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 1 to 4 p.m.
Office Number: (602) 392-5368
Enrollment Sessions: Wednesdays, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Clock Hour Program
Clock-based Certificates of Competency are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.
After you have completed the first 16 weeks, you move to the clinic setting. The school has a salon open to the public. Students in the clinic setting provide facials, waxing, makeup and back treatments to clients. Instructors supervise and receive feedback from clients to make sure you are providing adequate service.
Certificate #1123 | 600 hr / 7 mo | $4,665*
This program prepares individuals to understand and apply techniques needed to successfully complete competencies in accordance to the Arizona State Board of 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.
*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.