Nails Specialty

Program Objective

The mission of the Nails Specialty program is to prepare students for employment as a Licensed Nail Specialist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully obtaining a Nails Specialist License.

Program Content

The content includes, but is not limited to: communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills, safe and efficient work practices, Florida cosmetology law and rules, acquisition of knowledge of the nails and the related chemistry, bacteriology, anatomy and physiology, and development of skill in performing the manipulative techniques required in the practice of nails specialist occupations.

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying technological principles, labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues.

Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with chemicals, implements, and equipment appropriate to the program’s content and in accordance with safety and sanitation practices in the trade.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • Meet with a counselor
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology

Program Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Completion Requirements

This program consists of one occupational point.

OCP A – Manicurist and Pedicurist:  180   hours

Upon successful completion of the hours of instruction which are designed to meet the learning objectives, the performance of services and achievement of passing score of 75% or better on a comprehensive Final Examination administered by the teacher, the school shall issue a certificate of completion in the specialty area of nails. Application for the State Board License is required.

Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Salon or Day Spa Nail Technician
  • Destination Spa or Cruise Ship Nail Technician
  • Manicurist and/or Pedicurist Technician
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Beauty Supply Salesperson
  • Nail Art and Design Technician

Employment Requirements

Complete a State Approved Technical College program and pass state licensure exam.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $13.78 hourly or $28,660 annually.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.

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