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Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638

Watauga Continuing Education Department
372 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607
828.297.8120 Staff Directory

Manicurist working nails This course is designed to prepare students to become a licensed manicurist in North Carolina.

Educational Pathway:
Manicurist > Esthetician > Cosmetology Certificate/Diploma

  1.  Course Content  
  2.  Earnings  
  3.  Costs  
  4.  Admission Requirements  
  5.  FAQ's  
  6.  Future Classes  

Course Content

Topics studied during the course include professional image, manicuring and pedicuring, bacteriology, sanitation and disinfecting, nail product chemistry, anatomy and physiology, OSHA safety regulations, disorders of the nail, acrylic nails, nail wraps, gel nails, silk wraps, nail art, nail enhancements, nail piercing, nail jewelry and nail appliqués. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be eligible to sit for licensure through the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

Estimated Hourly Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website ( www.bls.gov), current state hourly wage range is $8.78 - 16.32.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Health spas
  • Salons
  • Private business

  • Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code (SOC): 39-5092
Licensure: Authorization granted to CCC&TI to provide instruction within another state does not imply or provide guarantees of any kind that an individual will be granted professional licensure by another state as a result of completing coursework at CCC&TI or receiving professional licensure in North Carolina. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/student to determine whether another college or license-awarding agency in another state will accept CCC&TI coursework and/or award licensure through a reciprocity agreement with the State of North Carolina.

Estimated Costs

Career Pathways registration fee
Fee may be waived based upon employment status
Manicurist registration fee $181.00
Manicure Kit on wheels* $294.00
Textbooks and workbook, State Board Practice $250.00
Practice Hands* $12.50
Stand* $10.50
Microwrap Kit* $17.50
Uniforms/scrubs $ Varies
Black smock – sleeves or sleeveless $30.00
Shoes/socks/hosiery $ Varies
Student ID $2.50
Note:  According to NC Administrative Code 21 NCAC 14J .0102, “All students must wear a clean washable uniform or professional attire and nametag identifying academic status.”   
*May be purchased in College Bookstore.

Financial Aid:

To inquire about assistance for Continuing Education students, please call 828.726.2242 or 828.297.8120.

Admission Requirements

  • Introduction to Health Services
  • Career Pathways
  • Reading placement test
  • No felony conviction
    • Note:  According to GS 88B-24, after completion of training and successfully passing the examination, the State Board of Cosmetic Art may refuse to issue a certification or registration for anyone convicted of a felony. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Social Security card – name must match government issued photo ID
  • Government issued photo ID – name must match Social Security card


  • Do I have to wear a uniform?
    • Yes. According to NC Administrative Code 21 NCAC 14J .0102, “All students must wear a clean washable uniform or professional attire and nametag identifying academic status.”  White shoes; white socks/hosiery are also required.
  • Is there a clinical component to this course?
    • No, all skills are demonstrated in the classroom/lab setting.
  • Can I become licensed after completing the course?
    • Yes, upon successful course completion, the student must apply for temporary state license and also apply to sit for the state two part examination.
  • What days and times are classes?
    • Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Where can I find more information about the state rules and regulations for manicurists?

Future Classes

1/16/2018 - 5/15/2018 - Monday through Thursday 4pm-9pm


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2855 Hickory Blvd
Hudson, NC 28638
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372 Community College Drive
PO Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607


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