Frequently Asked Questions

These are the answers to questions asked about the 2018 Nail Course


How long will it take to finish the course?

Many students are in a rush to get their license when they call the school. Licensing is regulated by the state. We offer the education required to pass the exams to get licensed. Most graduates finish the course within 4-6 months by working on studies and/or attending 5-10 hours a week. Students that study less than 5 hours per week can take about 7 or more months to finish. Students have only one year to finish a paid course. 

How do I pay for the course if I can't afford it?

Some students need financial aid to take the course here. Sadly the state does not offer financial aid like Pell grants to take a nail course in Virginia. The cost must be paid in full by the student.  We are not big enough to offer scholarships. One of the biggest reasons that there are so few nail shools is that the limitations for federal aid to earn a good profit to stay in business. Hair, Barbering, Esthetics and Massage schools can get this income aid and they usually offer nail care on the side. 

How much is the course going to cost?

The cost to start the online course is $150 plus a book, the next online step is $500, two tests must be passed at $50 per try and labs are $2,000-3,000 depending on when it is paid for. The in-school course must be paid up front in full to start. Kit items are optional. 

The fee to take the state exams is $185 after finishing the course. After passing the state exams the license fee is $105 and renewed every two years to keep current. 

Do I have to go to the school to take the course?

Yes! Virginia does not allow any cosmetology (hair), esthetics (skin), barbering (hair), Massage or nail technology program to be ALL taken online in order to obtain licensure. Specific hours are required to be done at the school in order to obtain a Virginia Nail License. Other states may have different rules. 

Do you have a payment plan option?

There is an option to get an emailed invoice to pay for labs online. Payment can be made at any time with any amount oline BUT the cost must be paid in full to start attending labs. The lab cost must be paid in a time that allows students to finish the course study, testing and labs within one year from the payment of the Intro course. The same option is available for the student kit for pickup at Test 1. 

How does taking labs work?

Labs can start mid way during the enrollment course which is the second online part. Students have access to book labs online after they are paid for. Labs are taken by the student's choice of date/time. Labs are only offered Mon, Wed and/or select Sat between 10am-4pm. Students have assignments that must be completed and it can take 5-10 days depending on prior skill speed. Labs include learning supplies so students don't use their kit items. Testing is also made by appointment by the student too. 

How long is it going to take to get my license?

On average about 2-3 months after finishing the course. A free temporary license can be issue while waiting to take exams after finishing the course if you find a licensed stylist/tech willing to sponsor you. Paperwork should be filled out during the second enrollment course. 

How does the exam process work?

There is a processing time after finishing the entire course for the state to process paperwork of up to two weeks with payment of exams. Written exam dates are offered daily Mon-Fri between about 9-4. Practical exam dates are offered 1-2 times a month at five different locations throughout Virginia. After both exams are passed, a bill is sent from the state in about 2-3 weeks. After sending in payment to the state, the license is mailed to the student in about 2-4 weeks. The license is renewed every other year for $105 to stay licensed. Those with other license violations or felony/misdemeanor convictions will take longer please go to requirements for more details.

How long do I have to finish the Course?

Students that do not start the Enrollment Course within six months of starting the Intro Course usually will not have enough time to finish the rest of the Course before it’s access expires. Labs should be started within 4-7 months of starting the Intro Course in order to take the exams and finish by the Course access deadline. Students should be finishing up labs by the 10th month after starting the Intro Course in order to finish by the deadline. All students not done with all online course work, have two passed tests and attend all limited labs hours with completed assignments (by one year after starting the Intro Course) will have to pay in full to start over with the newest Course cost available. The course changes each year it is recommended to plan to finish the Course within 4-8 months.

I am in/finish hair school, can I get credit hours?

Those that are in hair school or finished hair school do not need to attend our course here to get licensed. A cosmetology license allows them to provide nail care services. If you need more training with nails because you didn't learn a lot in hair school consider the tutorial classes here. 


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