Nail Technology Schools in North Carolina

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3306 Capital Boulevard Suite C
Raleigh, NC 27604

Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

500 Four Seasons Town Center
Greensboro, NC 27407

Cosmetology, Teacher Training, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry

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Academy of Artistic Hair Design – Accredited

114 Wilkesboro Avenue
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Academy of Nails & Esthetics – Accredited

415 Minuet Lane
Charlotte, NC 28217

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, NC 27253

Avalon Cosmetic Art Institute – Accredited

6111 Rumple Road
Charlotte, NC 28262

Beaufort County Community College – Accredited

5337 U.S. Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute – Accredited

2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638

Carteret Community College – Accredited

3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Central Carolina Community College – Accredited

501 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Siler City, NC 27344

Circle of Love Academy – Accredited

409 Stanley Chapel Church Road
Dudley, NC 28333

Cleveland Community College

137 South Post Road
Shelby, NC 28152

I nailed It Academy

3031 Capital Boulevard Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27604

Martin Community College – Accredited

1161 Kehukee Park Road
Williamston, NC 27892

Millennium Trade Academy – Accredited

1912 Coliseum Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27403

Nail Fiendz Nail Institute

1206 Apple Street
Burlington, NC 27217

NC Nail Academy II

3821-M North West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27407

NC Nails Academy

4520 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28213

Randolph Community College – Accredited

629 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, NC 27205

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – Accredited

489 North Cannon Boulevard
Kannapolis, NC 28081

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

1333 Jake Alexander Boulevard South
Salisbury, NC 28146

Stanly Community College – Accredited

141 College Drive
Albemarle, NC 28001

Trendy Nailz Institute

1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Suite 102
Durham, NC 27707

Trendy Nailz Institute

4004J Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27407

VN Nail College

3715-B Farmington Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
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North Carolina Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 300 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 3 years.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in North Carolina is $20,910 ($10.05/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 18% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

What would you do with a beauty career that makes the most of your talents and interests? Would you work in a North Carolina salon, helping clients relax after a long day and giving them perfect nails every time?

Would you open your own salon and have more freedom over your own schedule? No matter what your career goals are, it's clear that it all starts with education. Find out if a nail technician career is the right move for you.

State License Requirements

300 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Your nail technician career is under the oversight of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. They charge a reasonable $20 licensing fee when you submit your application. From there, you can take both licensing exams. If you pass them, you are ready to get your license and put it to work.

Education Details

North Carolina nail tech training gives you the core skills and knowledge you need to hold your own in a salon. In this state, nail technician applicants must have at least 300 hours of training before applying. Your education should focus primarily on the required training topics below.

Topics Taught at NC Nail Tech Programs

  • Manicuring and pedicuring theory and technique
  • Disinfection
  • First aid
  • Nail trimming, filing, and shaping
  • Nail decorating
  • Hand and arm massage
  • Sculptured nails
  • Artificial nails
  • Pedicuring
  • Caring for the fingernails, toenails, cuticles, nail extensions, and artificial nails
  • Electric file use
  • Business management

License Renewal

3 Years

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

Professional beauty licenses expire on October 1 across the state, but different professions renew in different years. Cosmetologists must renew licenses every 3 years, completing 24 continuing education hours during that 3-year period. Estheticians, manicurists and cosmetology instructors all renew annually, and 8 hours of continuing education must be completed during that time. Cosmetologist licenses are $49 to renew, whereas estheticians, manicurists, instructors and apprentices all pay $20 to renew.

North Carolina Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in North Carolina

No matter where you decide to work in North Carolina, you could benefit from the state's growing beauty industry. Between 2016 and 2026, CareerOneStop expects job openings for North Carolina nail technicians to increase 19% (2020). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average salary of $20,910 per year in a North Carolina (2020). As you build your reputation and get to know other nail care professionals, you could become self-employed, earn more money from tips, open your own salon, or focus on specific parts of nail care that fit your skills.

The Job Outlook for a Nail Technologist in North Carolina appears to have plenty of room for growth. Nail Techs can expect little to no competition in the NC market. With a location quotient of 0.30 North Carolina is considered to have a lower employment level for this occupation, hence the need for more people, as well as owners, in this industry.

Contact the North Carolina State Board of Nail Technology

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

If you need help updating a change of name or address, acquiring out-of-state transfer forms, or need help with additional questions about obtaining a North Carolina cosmetology license, contact the NC Board using the information above.

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