Nail Technology Schools in District of Columbia

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How to Become a Manicurist in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in District of Columbia is $29,650 ($14.26/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

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Ready to flourish as a nail tech artist in Washington, DC? Once you start applying your beautiful work to a client's nails, share your pictures with us on social media! We love it when we help inspire success in beauty school students. It's our job, after all. To take the next step, you just have to review nail tech training, licensing info, and career outlook below. From there, just use the search box or school listings at the bottom of this page to connect with schools who want to hear from you.

State License Requirements

350 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

In Washington DC, there are many beauty schools that can get you started on the path to becoming a nail technician. By the time you apply for licensure, you must have at least 350 training hours behind you. You must then pay $230 in licensing and exam fees. After passing your written and practical skills exams, you can get your license and begin working.

Education Details

If your goal is working as a DC nail tech, then you should start by comparing the course options at beauty schools in your area. Many programs offer a solid foundation of core classes, along with coursework that focuses on professional skills, such as salon management and ownership. That's why we always recommend comparing all the nail tech programs in your area before making an enrollment decision.

DC nail tech courses include:

  • Nail design
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Nail extensions

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician, electrologist, and permanent makeup licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

District of Columbia Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in District of Columbia

Job options for trained nail technologists includes working in a nail salon, day spa, or hair salon. Work in these environments typically involves offering customers exfoliation, massage, manicures, and pedicures. For the business-minded, opening an independent salon is a job option as well. The data reflects a strong job outlook for properly trained nail technologists in DC.

Contact the District of Columbia State Board of Nail Technology

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Nail Technology
District of Columbia

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