• Age 16 or older within one month of starting 
  • Valid Driver's License or DMV ID
  • Social Security card (a DMV ID can be used only if you were never issued a Soc. Security card)
  • Passport photo is required during labs


  • Online students first start online but must pass two tests and attend lab days at the school (online student start attending after about 100 hours of online study)
  • In-School students will schedule a plan to attend one day a week for 16 weeks.


  • Online students pay as they take parts. Labs can be paid in full or as reserved to take them. Paid later labs will cost more. 
  • In-School students must pay for their course in full to start.
  • There is no financial aid like pell grants for nail education in Virginia. There is aid for hair but hair is not taught here.


  • 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 state 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


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


  • 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
  • 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

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. 
  • The state DPOR board will review the charges after 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 board does not make a review decision until the student passes a nail course here and passes both state exams
  • The board will want state police copies of your charges
  • The board will also review past license loss or failed issues to determine eligibility for state licensure ONLY after exams are passed
  • 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
  • aAll 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
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
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
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
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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