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

At a Glance

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

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

Education Pathway

Nail Technician > Esthetician > Cosmetology Certificate/Diploma

Estimated Hourly Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, current state hourly wage range for a Nail Technician 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:

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Registration Requirements

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


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

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

*Costs are subject to change. Scholarships are available.

Courses currently on the schedule:

There are no classes currently scheduled for this subject.
Please check back later or complete the an interest form below.

For program information please email cewdinquiry@cccti.edu
or call 828-726-2242.

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


  • 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 nail technician 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 nail Technicians?


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.