Nail Technology Schools in Tennessee

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568 Colonial Road
Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 244-2751
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

222 East Unaka Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 926-9095
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Barbering

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Career Beauty College – Accredited

113 South Military Avenue
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers – Accredited

248 Northgate Mall Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Elite College of Cosmetology – Accredited

459 North Main Street
Lexington, TN 38351

Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology – Accredited

595 Hillsboro Road Suite 325
Franklin, TN 37064

Genesis Career College – Accredited

880-A East 10Th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

Genesis Career College – Accredited

30 Rachel Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Georgia Career Institute

755 Chancery Street
Mcminnville, TN 37110

Global Beauty and Barber Institute – Accredited

907 Rivergate Parkway Suite B-1
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Gould's Academy – Accredited

8000 U.S. Highway 64
Bartlett, TN 38133

Gould's Academy – Accredited

1203 Ridgeway Road #203
Memphis, TN 38119

Last Minute Cuts School of Barbering and Cosmetology – Accredited

2195 South Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109

Love Beauty School Inc – Accredited

1161 Murfreesboro Highway
Manchester, TN 37355

Queen City College – Accredited

1594 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37042

Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc – Accredited

907 Main Street
New Tazewell, TN 37825

Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

5620 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Sweetwater Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

409 Sweetwater Vonore Road
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

813 West Main
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

740 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570

The Black Pearl Nail Academy

3152 Bellbrook Drive
Memphis, TN 38116

The Hair Academy – Accredited

513 West College Street
Fayetteville, TN 37334

The Nail Institute Of Memphis

6870 Hillshire Drive #17
Memphis, TN 38133
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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 Tennessee

Tennessee Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Tennessee is $22,890 ($11.01/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

Tennessee's beauty industry is all about being glamorous, being over-the-top, and making a statement. When you become a nail technician in this state, you can have a lot of fun creating new nail art styles and working with all sorts of artificial nails.

From quick-service nail salons to luxury resort spas, there are plenty of places you can work as a manicurist.

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

TN nail tech programs should prepare you to get your license after graduation. You must pay $140 to the Tennessee Division of Regulatory Boards and sign up to take your licensing exams. After your application is approved and you pass both exams, you can receive your initial license!

Education Details

You build the foundation of your career in a nail technician program. The state of Tennessee requires you to spend at least 600 hours on your education, which means that you may be able to earn your license in a matter of months. As you learn about theory, you put theories to work by practicing on mannequins. Once you've gotten enough practice, you can work with clients while being supervised by an instructor.

What You Learn in TN Nail Technician Training

  • Sterilization, sanitation, and bacteriology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • State law
  • Product chemistry
  • Manicuring techniques
  • Pedicuring techniques
  • Massage
  • Nail care
  • Nail art
  • Nail wraps
  • Nail tips
  • Sculptured nails
  • Gel nails

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Tennessee is required every two years, and you can renew your license up to 60 days before its expiration date. Barber license renewal costs $80. Cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, natural hairstylist and shampooer license renewal costs $50. Instructor license renewal costs $60. You must pay a $25 late fee if your application is received after the expiration date. Cosmetology and barber instructors must complete 16 approved CEUs every two years. There are currently no continuing education requirements for beauty practitioners.

Tennessee Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Tennessee

Since Tennessee has such a big tourism industry, you can work with local residents and tourists from all over the world. If you work at a resort spa in a vacation town or major city, you could help travelers relax and look great. At a walk-in salon, you never know who you'll see or what kind of nail care they'll want. Between 2016 and 2026, job openings for nail technicians may jump 25% in Tennessee (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for a Tennessee nail technician is $22,890 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

One job option for a nail technologist involves offering manicures, pedicures, silk wraps, acrylic nails, and gel nails in a nail salon. Additional job options include working in a hair salon or day spa. A nail technologist may also open a mobile grooming company of their own. Trained Tennessee nail technologists have a rosy job outlook according to the job numbers.

Some of the most popular salons in Tennessee are:

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Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
Nail Technology

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