Tutorial Classes

Tutorials are offered by appointment
Mostly on Sundays 1-2 times a month
(ask if there is a Mon, Wed and Sat available)

Choose 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm 


  • One day private 2-3 hour tutorial classes on a specific nail care service
  • Tutorial classes costs are $300 per class
  • These tutorials do not lead to licensure. Take the full course for licensing.
  • Offered to licensed or non-licensed students
  • Email sales@vanailschool.com with questions
  • Read more details at the bottom of this page
  • Click your desired time below to see calendar availability and pay 
  • For the written exam prep class, email sales@vanailschool.com to discuss options
  • PREVIOUS GRADUATES get 50% off tutorial classes

Nail Salon Basics & Sanitation

This course is great for apprentices or nail techs in training to keep clients and the salon safe. With this course, they will be better prepared to offer safe services in the salon. Students will learn the understanding of client retention as well as salon safety procedures. Students will be exposed to overhead costs to understand the importance of avoiding product waste. Discussion on how to perform safe services plus proper disinfection and sanitation procedures. Explaination of the regulations from the DPOR board for Cosmetology with relation to providing nail services.  

Recommended for new apprentices, new licensed or unlicensed first working with nails

Advance Manicure & Pedicure

Learn the art of Manciuring and Pedicuring. Professional polishing tutorial and massage techniques. Time saving options, effective callus removal techniques. Discussion on spa services including products. Understand sanitation procedures, state violations, proper form and filing techniques. Understanding client comfort, time saving options and effective callus treatment. 

Learn the basics of Manicuring with exposure to tools, supplies and equipment. Understand state violations and ergonomics. Discussion on how to perform safe services plus proper disinfection and sanitation procedures. Understanding of safe service procedures. Explaination of the regulations from the DPOR board for cosmetology relating to providing nail services. 
Experience with some manicures and pedicures required. Not helpful for those that have done mani/pedis for a long time

Intro to Electric Filing
Learn how to properly use a drill. Discussion on sanding bands verses carbide bits. This technique is a MUST for all nail techs to stay competitive in todays industry! Don't fear the drill, your customers will desire you and appreciate the rare Techs that know how to use a drill correctly. 

Recommended for those first learning how to use a nail drill

Intro to Gel Polishing

Are you frustrated with Soft Gel Polish application? Discussion on the different products out there so you don't have to spend a fortune on trying them all. Proper application techniques and tricks plus problem solving questions answered. Removal techniques and minor discussion on gel powder products. 
Recommended to those that have done less than 20 sets of gel polish or for those really struggling with the service and having serious issues.

Intro to Nail Art

Learn how to do nail art! Offer more to make more money with your clients. Understand basic color theory. Learn various basic art techniques to make more money with your nail care services. Recommended to those new to nail art. 

Recommended to those wanting to try out nail art for the first time

Beginner Acrylics

This is for those that have never really applied acrylic nails. Learn the basics of acrylic application. Understanding of filing, adhesion, tip application and proper ball ratios.

Recommended for those with very little acrylic nail experience (less than 30 sets/fills)

Advance Acrylics

So you can apply acrylic but it's not the best and sometimes you have issues, this class is for you. Tutorial about the different Acrylic products. Review of multiple color techniques. Discussion on how to compete against discount nail salons.
Experience with Acrylic application required
Recommended for those struggling with acrylic nail services (have done over 30 sets/fills)

Introduction to Nail Salon Business

Learn more about the salon business especially if you are interested in owning your own salon. Figure out what beauty business is your fit: salon, spa, single staffed, ect. Discussion on understanding the responsiblities of ownership and the pros/cons of expansion including incorporating. Exposure to nail product brands and suppliers. Understanding Self-Employment in the salon industry including slow & busy seasons. Optional understanding of salon business management, staffing, marketing options (including online) and financial responsibility & obligations. Understanding Profit and Loss in the salon industry. Discussion on the available appointment scheduling options today, POS and credit card acceptance, etc related to salon business. Don't invest into opening a salon business without knowing the pros & cons of self employment plus what to and what not to do based on your goals and limitations.

Recommended to those wanting to open a salon or spa buisness

State Exam PRACTICAL prep class

Are you already approved and getting ready to take or failed the Virginia State Board PRACTICAL Nail Exam?   This class can help you prepare for it if you feel that you are not ready or do not have an understanding of how to take the practical exam. A list of supplies needed at the state exam is provided. Every student that took this class passed their practical exam from the educational information taught to them.  3hr

Must be pre-approved to take exams and/or failed a practical exam to take this class. This class does not permit you to take the state exams for licensure.

Prep Course for Written Nail Technician Exam

These tutorial classes are ONLY for those that already finished nail school hours to take their state exams. This is one on one assisted learning to help those that failed. Students must contact the school and discuss their state exam pre-approval from previous nail education in order to take this class. This class requires the newest textbook purchased separately. 

Taken Online $750

Study all online with two 1hr tests done at the school

  • Teaches all written book online for Nail Technology
  • Recommened only to independent learners
  • Completion in about 3-6 months @ 5hrs week
  • $150 to start Intro with 30-40 hours of online work
  • Take Test 1 for $50 at the school after Intro is done
  • $500 to complete final 60-70 hrs of work when ready
  • Take Test 2 for $50 at the school after all online done
  • Testing is available Mon & Wed 1t 11am or 2pm
  • Saturday testing offered up to 20 times a year
  • Retesting failed tests are optional at $50 per try
  • Optional retry on failed tests are $50 per try
  • One year of access to online education

Taken In-School $2,000

Attend one day a week by appointment for 10 weeks

  • Teaches all written book in-school for Nail Technology
  • Recommeneded those under 18 or those needing attention
  • Recommended to those with english as a second lanquage
  • Attend one day a week by preplanned appointment
  • Completion in about 12 weeks @ 3hrs per week
  • Homework requirement of 5-10 hrs per class
  • Cost paid in full up front to start with a planned schedule
  • Most class times are on Mon or Wed at 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm
  • Weekend class days are offered up to 20 times a year
  • Six month deadline to finish
  • Previous completions all passed the written exam

When are Tutorial Training days?

Most classes are offered on Sun choose 10am-1pm or 2pm -5pm per class.  Most dates are booked out 2-5 weeks ahead so please book early. Classes might be available on Mon, Wed or Sat. Email sales@vanailschool.com to see if they are available.
I'm interested how do I sign up?
If you have questions, email sales@vanailschool.com but you can call 434-598-6245 to leave a message to get a call back but email gets the fastest response. If you are ready to sign up click book now above to pay and schedule an open date. 
How do I pay for the Tutorials?
Payment can be made in the booking process when booking online. To pay for a written prep class email the school.
How do I pick a date?
Click the book now button at the top of this page to sign up for a tutorial class when you are ready. 
What do I bring to Tutorial Training?
You do not have to bring anything unless you have questions about your own product or your favorite acrylic brush. Friends, family and co workers can not attend or sit inside the school for any classes with you unless they are also paying for the training class.  It is not recommend to bring children to your class, please find accomodations for them so that you can focus on your paid for time to learn.
How do I know that this class will help me learn anything?
Tutorial classes are attentive private training catered to your own specific needs and questions. You will learn the best by brining all your questions on a paper list or to take notes. These types of nail training classes are very rare in the United States. Attentive training done by an experienced Tech with years of teaching nail artistry skills to those with accomodations on auditory, visual and/or kinaesthetic learning styles.
The Instructor has over 24 years of doing ALL types of nail services. She is not selling any product or showing you skill that looks good for that moment.  She can discuss any nail product brand openly. She will instruct you on the skills that everyday working Nail Techs perform to gain long term repeat business for an income. She is still a currently working overbooked Nail Technician with a modern day understanding of selling repeat business nail services for financial success.
Is there any other locations I can go to?
At this time this is the only location offered in Central Virginia but anyone from any state can attend tutorial classes here.  Exam prep classes are recommended only for those taking the state exams in Virginia. 

This school is not here to report unlicensed Techs.The instructor wants to help people with the process of following state regulations so feel free to ask your questions without judgement. It is up to clients, not us to report violations. 


The school must legally mention that: Offering nail care services for financial compensation without the required state license is a criminal offense subject to prosecution as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Anyone selling nail care services in Virginia must have a license posted for customers to easily view. All training apprentices that must post the apprentice card, personally issued to them by the Department of Labor and Industry representative after matching their sponsor to supervise them until their apprenticeship hours are completed and licensed. No one can sell nail services without a license POSTED.


Any establishment selling nail, hair, waxing, massage or skin care services MUST have a license posted for EACH staff member selling services. This license must be in a place where customers can easily find it. If a license is not posted for any person selling services then the business can be reported for violation. 

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