Requirements to get a VA Nail Technician License



  • Age 16 or older within one month of starting 
  • Valid Driver's License or DMV ID presented within 30 days to start
  • Social Security card (if issued one) presented within 60 days of starting
  • A passport photo is required before completion (not a passport)


  • 9th grade reading level and 4th grade math skills
  • High School diploma is not needed



  • Students do not have to live in Virginia to get a Virginia Nail License
  • Students with a Virginia Nail License can only sell nail care in Virginia
  • Other states may offer reciprocity to transfer a VA nail license into their state
  • Students can have multiple state licenses as long as they pay the yearly fees
  • VA Nail License transfering into bordering states: West VirginiaNorth Carolina and  Maryland


  • The course here is only taught in English. Additional study guides are available in Spanish or Vietnamese to go with the textbook. 
  • The state written exam is offered to take in English, Spanish and Vietnamese


  • Most classes/labs are on varied Mon, Sat & Sun between 9am-5pm. Each month will offer about 6-8 class/lab days. 
  • Students can usually pick around the times availability to arrive/attend each day
  • Students will pre-plan/coordinate their dates/times with the option for pre-planned flexiblity. 
  • Students are permitted up to three less than 24 hour reschedules for their class/lab dates. After three are used up the cost is $25 per additional reschedule. No shows are $100 each. Attendance and Lab grades are affected by no shows/cancellations even with an excuse. Student calendar training is coordinated and organized per student. 
  • Online book study is open 24/7 with final tests done at the school under security cameras. Those with no internet/computer access can do their book study on paper instead. Those that do not do the online study on their own could fail these tests and thus fail the course!



  • Attend responsibly, complete all lab work, do all homework and take all test to get a final grade of 78% or higher to complete the course. 
  • Study regularly to prepare for testing. Those that study and do homework (about 10hrs between classes) usually test well and are prepare for the state exams.
  • Do not miss classes. Each class missed can affect the students grade, skill to build confidence and skills needed to pass the state exam.
  • Upon starting, present a pair of passport photos and all government issued documents to be referred to the state exams after course completion.
  • Prepare to pay and take the state exams within 30 days of the course completion to be better prepared to pass the state exams to get licensed. 
  • After passing the state administered exams the student will be allowed to get their Virginia Nail Technician license.



You get what you pay for. Most students pick this school because of it's flexiblity to attend and more than half of the students here drive an hour or more.  The education here is taught by an up-to-date 25 year experienced Nail Technician that can answer any question about nail services/products. This school only accepts a limited amount of students each year to focus on each student's different learning style, strengths and skill set to ensure their own personal success in the field.

  • Virginia does not offer financial aid for nail education or a 1099 for costs here. Talk to your accountant about tax deduction of the interest paid with loans you used to enroll. 
  • Students must pay for their course on their own and the full cost is due up front to start a course here
  • Family or others helping can pay at the make a payment page to help financially
  • There is no refund for any paid costs here. Please make sure you are very serious about enrolling.
  • A Student Kit is optional to purchase here or supplies can be bought by the student elsewhere. Supplies are not provided here. A list is provided after payment. All supplies are NOT needed in the first few class days.


COST TO GET LICENSED (after course completion):

  • The written exam is $92 and the practical exam is $93. Both costs are per try to pass. This should be paid within 3 months of graduation to avoid complications.
  • The state license fee is $105 after passing both exams, due every 2 years to stay licensed. This must be paid after passing the state exams. 
  • No CEU's are required in Virginia 


  • The state offers ADA special accommodations for those taking their state exams.
  • The school walkways are ADA compliante with education provided in wheelchair accessible rooms/tabels
  • The two way swinging door can be opened for those needing assitance
  • Handicap parking is within 20 feet of the door
  • Seating is available with or without arms and room for leg extension
  • There are no stairs inside or outside the school to enter
  • There is no curb blockage for walkway into the school
  • The restroom is ADA wheelchair compliant
  • Please bring IEP documentation to request a private meeting before starting


  • To obtain a VA Nail Technician license you should be clear of any previous violations with licensure issues or disciplinary actions in barbering, cosmetology, waxing, nail care, esthetics or tattooing in any other state
  • The board will review past issues to determine eligibility for licensure only after passing both state exams
  • The board will also review past license loss or failed issues to determine eligibility for state licensure ONLY after exams are passed

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND:  State Regulation on Licensing

  • Students with misdemeanors and/or felony conviction(s) must show criminal history reports to DPOR after finishing the course by purchasing their criminal history report for $20-25. The instructor will privately help with the instructions. 
  • The state DPOR board will review the charges only after completing a course and passing both state exams to approve or disapprove state licensure
  • The decision to approve a student for licensure when students have convictions is based entirely on the Virginia DPOR state board, this school has no part in the decision making
  • The regulatory board does not make a review to decide to approve licensure until AFTER the student passes a nail course here and passes both state exams
  • The board will want state police copies of your charges
  • We have had students in the past with misdemeanor and felony convictions that got approval for licensure but it can take months or even over a year to finalize if approved. An approval is worth trying for!
  • All conversations about convictions are kept confidential and private between the student and the instructor so please don't be concerned about speaking about it


Disciplinary Action Reporting Form
Disciplinary Action Reporting Form.pdf
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Denial of Licensure Reporting Form
Denial of Licensure Forms.pdf
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Criminal Conviction Reporting Form
Criminal Conviction Reporting Form.pdf
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Virginia State Police Criminal History Record Request Form
VSP Help Desk (804) 674-2131
Criminal History Record Request Form.pdf
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Temporary Permit Application
Temporary Permit Application.pdf
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Salon/Shop/Spa Self-Inspection Form
Salon Self Inspection Form.pdf
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Interested in how to file a complaint about a Salon or Tech?
State Issued Nail Licenses or training permits MUST be posted for anyone selling nail care services in VA including all learning apprentices. Violation is on the person selling nail services without a license, the salon selling nail services without licensed employees and an another violation is given to the salon for not POSTING individual licenses for every employee selling nail services. The state is relying on you to report violations!
Salon Complaint Information.pdf
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Updated Mar 2018

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