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Manicurist/Nail Technician

manicuring-nail-tech_logo_web.pngIf you like expressing your creativity through nail design or want to add nail technician to your resumé, then come join our Manicurist/Nail Technician program.

You will learn to be a manicurist or nail technician with classes in our simulated salon environment. This program provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technology industry.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners Licensing Exam and, upon passing, be licensed as a nail technician and qualify for employment in beauty and nail salons or other related businesses. You should be able to:

  • Perform manicures and pedicures according to accepted professional standards
  • Market services and finances
  • Provide a safe and sanitized environment

The program is a hybrid afternoon/evening program. Your first class will meet on campus beginning August 20 from 2:30-5:30pm. The remainder of the class will be online and in person on campus each Thursday 2:30-8:30 pm over 2+ semesters (Mid-August – Mid-June). This is a limited-enrollment program.All on-campus classes will be in the Cosmetology Center.

Students must complete at least 300 hours, all services, etc. to earn a certificate of completion in Manicurist/Nail Technician at Randolph Community College.

Attendance is extremely important in this program. The State Board of Cosmetic Arts requires students to clock in and be engaged in manicurist learning activities to acquire hours to meet course and program requirements. You must attend and participate to be eligible to sit for your licensure exam. Students can miss a maximum of 20 hours. Tardiness and early departure do impact your ability to be successful in the program. If you do not complete the required hours for the program, you will earn a grade of U (unsatisfactory) or F (failing). You must register and pay for the class again to complete the program regardless of the coursework grade.

Students must complete the following requirements prior to registering for the course:

  • Complete a required orientation session.
  • Submit an original government issued photo identification (ID) including date of birth.
  • Submit an original social security card or Tax ID card or student visa information.
  • Should not be subject to color blindness or have sensitivity to chemicals. Review essential functions listed below.
  • Successfully complete an exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at least the 10th grade level or higher. CCP students will follow the CCP enrollment GPA guidelines as required by the NCCCS.
  • If you graduated high school more than 10 years ago then you must complete the reading assessment exam.


  • Completion of a college-level English class with a grade of C or higher
  • CASAS (Form 907R or 908R) – score of 249 or higher
  • TABE 11/12 (Level D or A) – score of 563 or higher
  • Unweighted High school GPA within the last 10 years of 2.8 or higher

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $180 for adult students; Free tuition for CCP students.
  • Fees: $16.55 (liability & accident insurance) for ALL CCP (high school seniors) are responsible for fee payment.


  • Students are responsible for this purchase. Each uniform costs ~$40-50 per pant/top set. You will need 1-2 uniforms. Your uniform consists of navy-blue scrubs, appropriate shoes and a name badge.
  • Students are responsible for this purchase. The shoes need to be solid black, comfortable and closed toe (no crocks or heels). Cost varies.
  • You will get your name badge in the library (LRC). The attached link can be used to access the site to make an appointment to get your ID made: (link opens in a new window)


  • Manicuring/Nail Tech Fundamentals Digital Education Package by Pivot Point will be available in the campus store in early August for all students.
  • $349 (estimate)


  • $200 (estimate)
  • Students will be issued their kit in the Cosmetology Center typically the first week of class.

Computer Access

  • Students will need a reliable computer with internet access to complete online assignments.

Additional supplies

  • Students may need to purchase additional supplies for this course. Many implements are not reusable so you will be responsible for purchasing these and bringing them to class. (Ex. Buffer blocks, acrylic nail files, etc.)

The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills. To effectively train Manicurist/Nail Technician professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in these functions. The essential functions include:

  • Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment. For example, the ability to apply broad class concepts to unique client situations.
  • Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers and clients, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for a salon environment. For example, the ability to interact effectively with other members on a team project; establish and maintain a professional relationship with clients.
  • Communication Skills: speak English, write English, listen, and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand. For example, explain treatments and interventions, document actions, record client responses to treatment in a professional manner.
  • Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for an office, salon, or classroom setting is needed. For example, mobile enough to move about and to function in a salon, whether sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Motor Skills: be able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to clients in all settings. For example, manipulate supplies and equipment to perform services and treatments.
  • Hearing: ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, being able to hear and respond to a client, an instructor or other students in a classroom/salon setting.
  • Visual: ability to see with normal or corrected vision, tolerate working indoors in artificial light to provide services. For example, the ability to determine and differentiate color, observe, and accurately interpret client needs and assess nonverbal communication.
  • Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, possessing finger and manual dexterity is necessary to manipulate hands and feet when performing services.
  • Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long-term memory skills. For example, the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in the previous week of a semester.
  • Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, being able to choose appropriate colors for nails.

Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate based on disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodation for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodation, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.

References: Haywood Community College and Vance-Granville Community College Technical Standards directly contributed much of this language. Minor alterations have been made as needed to relate to RCC.

Randolph Community College's Manicurist/Nail Technician program complies with the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners.

N.C. Board of Cosmetic Arts
121 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27511

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Manicurist/Nail Technician Program? We're here to help.

Dean Brewer
Department Head, Cosmetology

Ana Carreon
Cosmetology Teaching and Compliance Assistant