Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute



Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s Manicurist Course is designed to prepare students to become licensed Nail Technician in North Carolina.

Course Content

  • Acrylic nails
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Business Skills
  • Disorders of the nail
  • Gel nails
  • Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Nail art
  • Nail enhancements
  • Nail product chemistry
  • Nail wraps
  • OSHA safety regulations
  • Professional image
  • Sanitation and Disinfecting
  • Silk wraps
Manicurist working nails

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be eligible to sit for licensure through the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

Registration Requirements

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


Item Cost
Manicurist registration fee $182.00
Textbook: MindTap Access* $320.00
Manicurist Kit* $320.00
Black smock – sleeves or sleeveless $30.00
Black Shoes** & Socks $Varies
CCC&TI Student ID $2.50

Program Contacts

Program Information

For Registration Information

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

Watauga Continuing Education
460 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607

*May be purchased in College Bookstore.
**Shoes must be black, closed-toed, closed-heel, water-resistant, non-skid.

Career Information

Education Pathway

Manicurist > Esthetician > Cosmetology Certificate/Diploma

Estimated Hourly Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (, current state hourly wage range for a Manicurist is $8.00 - $14.21.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Health spas
  • Private business
  • Salons

To learn more about a career in the Manicurist field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Career Coach logo Manicurists and Pedicurists


  • Do I have to wear a uniform?
    • A black smock, black socks and black closed-toed, closed-heel, water-resistant, non-skid type shoe is 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.
    • Your Manicurist career is under the oversight of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. There is a $173 licensing fee when you submit your application. From there, you can take both, the written and the practical licensing exams. If you pass, you are ready to get your license and put it to work.
    • There is also a $5.00 temporary work permit.
  • Where can I find more information about the state rules and regulations for Manicurist?


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.


Please contact Career Connections at 828.726.2609 for information on how to apply for a scholarship.

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