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Manicurist

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  
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 - 14.21.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Health spas                                                                       
  • Salons
  • Private business


  • Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code (SOC): 39-5092
Costs

Career Pathways registration fee
Fee may be waived based upon employment status
$126.00
Manicurist registration fee $183.50
Manicure Kit on wheels* $277.55
Textbooks and workbook* $178.50
Practice Hands* $11.00
Stand* $8.50
Microwrap Kit* $31.00
State Board practice exam*
$43.25
White uniforms/scrubs $ Varies
Black smock – sleeves or sleeveless $30.00
White shoes, white socks/hosiery $ Varies
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
  • 16-18 years of age - completion of a minor permission form
  •   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
FAQ's
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.
Where can I find more information about the state rules and regulations for manicurists?

North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners website is www.nccosmeticarts.com