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Nail Technician

If you enjoy working with your hands and consider yourself a “people person,” a career as a Nail Technician may be right for you.

Providing of the fast-growing specialties in the world of cosmetology, a manicurist is a licensed nail technician who cleans, trims, and polishes fingernails and toenails for a living.

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Nail Techs can provide nail extensions, or artificial, acrylic, gel or other nails, pedicures, a favorite salon service for many clients, and more.   The role of a nail tech extends beyond glamorizing fingers and toes. Often it involves cuticle care, hand/foot/calf massage along with scrubs and moisturizers, and sometimes paraffin wax dips, among other services, to add a touch of luxury to the appointment.   Observational and conversational skills also come into play as the professional consults with the client and assesses the health of their natural dream job involves creativity and socializing, manicuring may be a good choice for you.   According to the Colorado State Barber and Cosmetology Act: “Manicuring” means any one act or practice, or combination of acts or practices, when done for direct or indirect payment of when done without payment for to public generally. “Manicuring” includes, but not limited to, the filing, buffing, polishing, cleansing, extending, protecting, wrapping, covering, building, pushing, or trimming of nails of any other similar work upon the nails of any person by any means, including the softening of the hands, arms, ankles, or feet of any person by use of hands, mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliances, cosmetic or chemical preparations, antiseptics, lotions, or creams or by massaging, cleansing, stimulating, manipulating, or exercising the arms, hands, feet, or ankles of any person. Manicuring also include waxing or the use of depilatories on the leg up to the knee, and the waxing or the use of depilatories on the arm up to the elbow.   The Curriculum of the Manicurist Program includes six hundred twenty five (760) Contact hours or 26 Credits of technical instructions and practical operations covering all practice of a Manicurist / Pedicurist. Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation means the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person.


To successfully acquire the knowledge of the Laws and Rules regulating Colorado Cosmetology Establishment practice;  To successfully acquire the knowledge of disinfections and sterilization procedures; To successfully acquire knowledge of the general theory relative to manicuring, including Anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory relative to practical procedures performed; To successfully acquire business management techniques which are common to the manicurist


Tuition                                           = $ 3550 Text Books / Equipment                 = $ 500

Course Description

Theory Hrs

Lab Hrs

Total Hrs

Credit Hrs

     1. Law, Rules, and Regulations Course 6 24 30 1
     2. Disinfection, Cleaning & Safe Work Practices Course 36 144 180 6
     3. Manicuring & Pedicuring Course 40 170 210 7
     4. Application of Artificial Nails 30 120 150 5
     5. Management, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship 20 10 30 1
     6. Clinical Shadow 0 40 40 1.33
TOTAL 132 508 640 21.33








Tuition = $320

ELECTRIC FILES COURSE Theory Hrs. Lab Hrs. Total Hrs. Semester/Quarter Hrs.
Cleaning and Disinfection  1.25 1.25 2.5
Client Protection During Filing  0.5 0.5 1
Bit Selection and Use  0.5 0.5
Machine Specifications and Uses  0.5 0.5
Natural Nail Procedures  0.5 0.5
Artificial Enhancements 0.5  1.5 2
Pedicure Procedures  1 1
Total 8



Tuition = $320

HAIR REMOVAL BY WAXING COURSE Theory Hrs. Lab Hrs. Total Hrs. Semester/Quarter Hrs.
Skin Histology (Anatomy of Skin, Functions of Skin, Disorders of Skin) 1 1
Client Safety and Protection (Client Consultations, Contradictions of Hair Removal; [Minor Contradictions- Sensitive Skin, Sunburn, Pustules and Papules, Chemical Peels, Botox or Collagen Injection, Surgery. Major Contradictions- Retin-A, Renova, Hydroquinone, Blood-thinning Medications, Topical or Cortisone Medication, Accutane.]Release Forms, Product Testing) 0.5 0.5 1
Types of Products for Hair Removal & Application (Tweezing, Depilatories, Waxing: Sugaring, Hard and Soft Waxes.) 3 3
Disinfection, Sanitation, State Rules & Safe Work Practices  1  1
Total 6

A nail technician is an individual who considers himself or herself to be a people person. They enjoy working with their hands and take pride in seeing to it that the work they do is done well.

A manicurist or a nail tech is an individual who specializes in everything that has to do with grooming the nails on the hands and feet. This includes cleaning the nails, trimming them, and polishing them. They are also qualified to give nail extensions, apply artificial nails, acrylic nails, and basically do anything else connected with the beautifying of the nails.

One of the services that nail technicians provide, that are favored by clients, is that of giving pedicures. However, the work that a nail tech does goes above and beyond just making their customer’s toenails and fingernails look attractive.



Nail Techs specialize in maintaining the health of their customer’s nails. They do this by providing cuticle care and doing hand, foot, and calf massages. United Nail Techs will will know how to expertly apply scrubs, moisturizers, and wax dips to their customer’s feet and calves with the goal of increasing their customer’s comfort.


Nail technicians must be extremely observant. They must be able to look at their client’s nails and assess the health of the nails. At United, our Nail Technicians are trained to provide proper suggestions on how clients can strengthen and improve the appearance of their nails.



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