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Nail Design Classes


From basic manicures, to acrylic extensions to airbrush nail art, professional nail technicians experience a lot of variety in their day-to-day work. To adequately prepare for the career, and ensure they have the experience necessary to provide clients with whatever nail services they desire, prospective nail technicians must take nail design classes at a nail tech school in Pennsylvania.

Nail Tech School Curriculum

To meet state licensing requirements, the nail design classes at schools in Pennsylvania must cover a broad curriculum that encompasses both theoretical and practical learning experiences in at least 200 class hours. Topics must include:

  • Bacteriology (sanitation, disease control, sterilization)
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Artificial nail applications (acrylics, nail tips, nail wraps, UV gels)

In addition, students in nail school will learn salon management, communication skills, professional ethics, salesmanship, decorum and record keeping. All of this information is important, and students’ knowledge of these topics will be tested for on the state exam.

Selecting a Nail Tech School

Even among licensed schools in Pennsylvania, not all nail tech schools are created equally. Before you select a school and enroll, it’s important to schedule a visit to speak with an admissions representative, learn about the nail design classes and get a feel for the overall atmosphere of the school. When you’re visiting each school, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the school use professional-quality tools and products in the classroom?
  • Are they up-to-date on the latest industry trends?
  • Are class sizes small enough to promote plenty of teacher-student interaction?
  • Do students seem happy to be there and satisfied with their education?

The answers to these questions will help narrow your search and ensure you select the best school for you. Once you complete your classes, you’ll be on your way to a career as a nail technician, educator, state board inspector or nail salon owner.

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