Nail Technology Schools in Illinois

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3602 Marquette Road Suite 2
Peru, IL 61354

(815) 223-7326
Cosmetology, Teacher Training, Nail Technology, Continuing Education

1200 Harger Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Continuing Education, Barbering

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

(815) 756-3596
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

8057 North Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

Cosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technology

15301 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

(708) 687-7800
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

1870 Busse Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016

(847) 759-0900
Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry

2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

Cosmetology, Teacher Training, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Continuing Education, Massage Therapy, Barbering

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A+ Nail School

1137 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

9213 South Illinois Route 31
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

Advanced Educator

208 North Wood Street
Washington, IL 61571

America Nail College

1301 South Wolf Road #404
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Capelli Academy of Cosmetology, Inc

4518 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623

Chicago Nail School

13004 Western Avenue #1
Blue Island, IL 60406

Debutantes School – Accredited

145 North 3rd Street
Dekalb, IL 60115

E.L.M.A Nail Technology School

3034 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

G Skin & Beauty Institute – Accredited

90 West Hillcrest Boulevard Suite 302
Schaumburg, IL 60195

Glitter Nail Academy

910 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Hair Professionals Career College – Accredited

5460 U.S. Highway 34
Oswego, IL 60543

I.M. Beauty School – Accredited

630 Milwaukee Avenue Suite 200
Glenview, IL 60025

John Amico School of Hair Design

4335 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801

Ms. Roberts Beauty Academy – Accredited

552 Mannheim Road Suite A
Hillside, IL 60162

Nail Technology School

1702 Washington Street Suite 101
Waukegan, IL 60085

Paul Mitchell The School Bradley – Accredited

1600 North State Route 50 Room 522
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Royal School of Cosmetology

401 West National Avenue Suite C
Effingham, IL 62401

Roza Nail Technology School

10024 Skokie Boulevard #301B
Skokie, IL 60077

Sandra Rossi Education Center

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946

The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology

47 Stephen Street
Lemont, IL 60439

The Nail Program at CTC

3408 West North Avenue
Stone Park, IL 60165

Trenz Beauty Academy – Accredited

695 Wentworth Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Trenz Beauty Academy – Accredited

2605 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652

Your School of Beauty Culture

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Manicurist in Illinois

Illinois Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 14 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Illinois is $22,630 ($10.88/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 4% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 10%.

Illinois is one of the most fashion-forward states in the Midwest, thanks to major cities like Chicago and Springfield.

As a nail technician in this state, you can work in busy metropolitan areas or upscale suburbs to give clients beautiful nails and build your skills.

State License Requirements

350 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

The next step in getting a nail technician license in Illinois is taking your licensing exams. This includes a written test and a hands-on practical exam. When you apply for your exams, you must also pay a $210 fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. After you pass your exams and they approve your application, you may get your IL nail tech license and start your career.

Education Details

How do you get your foot in the door in this field? Of course, it all comes down to training. At a licensed nail tech program in Illinois, you can learn from nail technicians with years or decades of experience. As you learn new techniques, you practice them on mannequin hands to strengthen your skills. You also get to work with real clients, which helps you learn how to communicate with customers and make your work more efficient. In Illinois, applicants need at least 350 hours of training to qualify for licensure. Required course topics are listed below.

Courses Taught at Illinois Nail Tech Schools

  • Nail care history
  • Ethics
  • Bacteriology and sanitation
  • Body systems
  • Massage theory
  • Client communication
  • Sculpting procedures
  • Light-cured gels
  • Machines and apparatus
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Massaging the hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • Product knowledge
  • Salon management

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

14 Hours

Continuing education required

Like most states, Illinois requires nail technician training and licensure to work legally in this state. If you have a goal to work in nails, then you will need to complete a minimum 350-hour training program, and then go through the initial license application process. Once you receive your nail technician license in Illinois, you will need to renew before September 30th in even-numbered years. The fee for renewal is $25. Illinois also requires 14 continuing education units between each renewal period. Be sure to ask each beauty school in your area how they help students prepare for this process.

Illinois Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Illinois

When it's time to start your nail technology career, you can figure out if you fit in at a high-end hair salon, a luxurious resort spa, or a small nail salon. No matter where you work, you can look forward to spending your days applying artificial nails, beautifying natural nails, and softening skin with manicures and pedicures. In Illinois, demand for nail professionals is growing. Between 2016 and 2026, job openings may increase 4% throughout the state (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for an Illinois manicurist is $22,630 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Nail art and professional nail care services have become increasingly popular within the past decade, which has increased the demand for nail technologists. Nail technologist jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 10% through the year 2024, which is slightly faster than the average growth rate for all other professions. Consumer interest in quicker and mobile nail care services is driving the bulk of the demand, but the need to replace retiring and transitioning nail technologists will also open up new job opportunities for manicurists.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Nail Technology

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Nail Technology

How to Become a Nail Technician in Your State