Nail Technology Schools in Washington

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71 Gage Boulevard
Richland, WA 99352

(509) 213-6180
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

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Academy Of Nail Technology & Arts

11815 Northeast Highway 99-C
Vancouver, WA 98686

Aesthetics Northwest Institute – Accredited

1750 124th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98005

Allure Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1222 East Front Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Aura Beauty Ink Institute – Accredited

1819 Central Avenue South 83
Kent, WA 98032

Bluestone Academy

201 North Pine Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Centralia Beauty College – Accredited

217 South Tower Avenue
Centralia, WA 98531

Char-Glo School Of Beauty

1418 South Pioneer Way
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Chavez Beauty School – Accredited

109 West Heron Street Suite B
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Diamond Beauty Academy – Accredited

1403 Auburn Way South, Suite I
Auburn, WA 98002

Elite Beauty School

2613 Northeast 114th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684

Elite Cosmetology, Barber & Spa Academy – Accredited

2606 West Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, WA 98902

Evergreen Beauty College - Everett – Accredited

802 Southeast Everett Mall Way Suite A
Everett, WA 98208

Evergreen Beauty College - Yakima – Accredited

401 North 1st Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Expo Beauty Institute – Accredited

2534 15th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

H & K Cosmetology Unlimited – Accredited

8815 South Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

International Beauty Education Center – Accredited

12832 West Sunset Highway
Airway Heights, WA 99001

Lincoln Beauty School – Accredited

702 South 38th Street A
Tacoma, WA 98418

Nail Spa Academy

615 South Mission Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801

New York Hair Academy – Accredited

2508 West Sylvester Street Suite D
Pasco, WA 99301

Nexgen Nails & Beauty School

810 Valley Mall Parkway
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

Olympic College

1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Paris Academy of Beauty – Accredited

20109 Aurora Avenue North Suite 104
Shoreline, WA 98133

Studio Beauty School – Accredited

10001 East Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

Stylemaster College of Hair Design – Accredited

1224 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

Vega's Academy – Accredited

7635 Macarthur Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98664

Vuu's Beauty School – Accredited

807 King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Zorganics Institute Beauty and Wellness – Accredited

410 West Bakerview Road Suite 112
Bellingham, WA 98226
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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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Cost of Nail Technician School Across WA

Metro Average Tuition
Yakima / Pasco / Richland / Kennewick $7,982
Spokane $7,048
Seattle / Tacoma $6,538
Portland $6,000

Comparing Program Costs in WA

Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $7,085 - $8,920
Lowest range: $5,250 - $7,085
Average: $7,177
Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $17,114 - $19,728
Lowest range: $14,500 - $17,114
Average: $17,873

How to Become a Manicurist in Washington

Washington Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours or 800 apprentice 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 Washington is $30,720 ($14.77/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 30% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

In Washington, there are some amazing nail salons that can inspire you to pursue a career in this cosmetology occupation. One prime example is Le Bella Nail Spa in the Tacoma area. Just take a look at their website to see what kind of spa you could work at with the right nail technician training. You can find training nearby, typically at a local cosmetology school. Whether you want to pursue employment or open the doors to your business, you need to polish your skills and be sure to meet the requirements in Washington.

If you're ready to plan for a career at a Washington area nail tech salon, we're here to help you get started. That's why we have that handy search box above and those school listings below to help you start narrowing your options. Be sure to look into all the programs in your area. They can differ, sometimes slightly, and other times a lot. That's why you'll want to discuss your career goals and make sure you're confident in your choice before making your final decision.

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours OR 800 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

The State of Washington requires nail technicians to complete a training program with at least 600 clock hours. After that, you will need to pass the state exam, before proceeding through the initial license process.

Education Details

If you want to be a professional nail tech in Washington, you will need to choose a program with the right curriculum for you. When you receive information about your options, make sure the courses include a strong foundation in services clients expect. You should receive additional training in cuticle care, hand and foot massages, and other skills in the top programs.

Nail technician programs may include these course topics:

  • Extensions
  • Hand massage
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Hygiene
  • Nail tools and equipment

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Once you earn your nail license in Washington, put the renewal date on your calendar. You must renew your manicurist license every two years by the expiration date, which matches the date it was issued. The fee for practitioners and instructors is $55. There are no continuing education requirements in this state.

Washington Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Washington

Nail technologists in Washington have the opportunity to work in mostly private nail salons. A WA nail technologist needs to complete secondary schooling and obtain a certificate of completion. Nail salon workers serve customers by applying nail polish in a safe and sanitary manner. The average nail technologist in Washington will earn $30,720 full time (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020) and be part of a work force of 113,600 specialists nationwide. There are a large number of nail salons in Washington that are always looking for new technologists. Some of the most popular include:

Contact the Washington State Board of Nail Technology

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program
Nail Technology

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