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Leading Authority Addresses Concerns Surrounding Online Nail Technician Courses

NailTechnicianSchools.Org, a leading information source on nail technician training and licensing, addressed some confusion surrounding online nail technician courses.


With many people increasing their skills sets in the wake of the worldwide recession and others searching for the freedom of self-employment, the demand for nail technician courses has increased rapidly. Such is the popularly surrounding the profession, that an advertisement for a new online nail technician course appears in cosmetology industry magazines weekly.

Aspiring nail technicians and cosmetologists should be aware that licensing thresholds differ from state to country. However, there are some universal requirements as to the nature and contents of accredited nail technician courses.

A spokesperson from NailTechnicianSchools.Org said, “Almost all states in the U.S. require nail technicians to obtain a license. The basic qualification required by all state licensing agencies is certain hours (often ranging from 300 to 600) of training in nail technology at an approved school.”

The spokesperson continued, “The concept of online nail technician courses is not a realistic one as nail technology training involves as much, if not more, practical work than theory. With an online training program this is not possible and the focus is purely theoretical. Besides, in acknowledgement of this fact, the various state licensing agencies do not accept online nail technician training in lieu of classroom training for licensure.”

When asked to explain the purpose of the licensing procedure in the U.S and its governance over an online nail technician course, the NailTechnicianSchools.Org  spokesperson stated that, “The licensure examinations conducted by the states assess the candidates’ theoretical an practical knowledge in all areas of nail technology to see if they are fit to ply their trade.”

“None of the states approve of online training in nail technology for licensing purposes. However, many of the states that have continuing education requirements for license renewal accept online training in lieu of classroom training.”

The spokesperson made an important distinction in explaining that, “There does, however, exist a few online nail technician courses that teach some basic nail services primarily for the trainees’ own personal use. This type of online nail technician course can be taken by practicing nail technicians only as part of fulfilling their continuing education requirements for license renewal. An online nail technician course is not suitable for beginner nail technician who intends to work with the public.  Therefore, only an accredited nail technician course with in-person practical training of a certain number of hours will satisfy most states’ regulatory requirements.”


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