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This one-year course is designed to prepare students for licensure as a Nail Technician by the Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology. Students learn to provide salon and spa services that include manicures, pedicures, reflexology, acrylic nails, gel nails, nail tips, nail art, and polishing. Included is a study of safety and sanitation, workplace ethics, the health and science of nail technology, state regulations, and salon operation (management, marketing, and computer software). Students operate and provide hand and foot-care services in The Nail Spa at CTC. During the second semester, advanced students with their own transportation and no more than two absences may be able to participate in work experiences at approved sites. To be eligible to take the Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology Licensing Examination for Nail Technicians, applicants must be at least 16 years old and must earn a grade of 75% or higher for each course component. The Board requires students to provide 2 forms of Government-issued form of identification. A lab fee, uniform and lab kit are required. The kit must be ordered by July 1 to be available for the first day of school.

Desirable Aptitudes

  • Do detailed, artistic work accurately and

  • consistently

  • Excellent personal hygiene and safety

  • practices

Credential & Licensing Opportunities

  • Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology Licensing Examination for Nail Technicians

Nail Technician