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Nail Technician Program

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Nails 626

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State of Illinois requirements for licensure as a Nail Technician:

You will need to take a 350 Hour Program that is sanctioned and accredited by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Then upon completion of this program your program information will be filed with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation  for the Nail Technology Licensure Board .  


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Employment and Salary Outlook

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, .

Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Nail Technicians made a median salary of $25,770 in 2019. The best-paid 25 percent made $30,200 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $23,420.

Although most manicurists and pedicurists work full time, many have variable schedules and work part time as a secondary income. Their schedules are often determined by the type of establishment they work for. For example, a full service salon may require manicurists and pedicurists to work an eight-hour day. A boutique hair salon, however, may require shorter work hours on a part-time basis. Longer hours are not unusual for self-employed workers. Weekends and evenings tend to be the busiest times for technicians.  

Major topics covered for Nail Technician Program

1)         Basic Training

A)        History of nail care;

B)        Personal hygiene and public health;

C)        Professional ethics;

D)        Sterilization and disinfection;

E)        Bacteriology;

F)         Disorders of the nails;

G)        OSHA standards relating to safety data sheets (SDS) on chemicals

H)        Chemicals and their use; and

I)         Technical applications of chemicals.

2)         Related Concepts

A)        Cells, metabolism and body systems;

B)        Theory of massage; and

C)        People skills.

3)         Practices and Procedures

A)        Fabric procedures;

B)        Sculpting procedures;

C)        Light cured gels;

D)        Machines or apparatus used in nail technology;

3)         Practices and Procedures

E)        Manicures;

F)         Pedicures;

G)        Hand, arm and foot massage;

H)        Other procedures as they relate to nail technology; and

I)         Product knowledge as it relates to nail technology.

4)         Business Practices

A)        The Act and this Part, including sanitary standards;

B)        Management;

C)        OSHA standards relating to chemical use; and

D)        Workers' Compensation Act.


5)         Internship Program is an optional part of the curriculum.