Frequently Asked Questions

This is a very flexible course that allows you to study whenever you want online and attend when you want to later. 

 

 

 

 

HOW ARE YOU SANTIZING FOR COVID?
Please visit the COVID-19 Precautions page for more details.

 

 

HOW DO I STUDY ONLINE?

Students will instantly get an emailed link to start online study immediatly after payment. Send a text immediately 24/7 if you have any issues. There is about 120 hours of online study that is done anytime 24/7 within 6 months. Best results come from students that study at least half of the online course or more before attending in 1-2 months. Students can use their cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Students should study 5-15 hrs a week online. Those that study all online work will finish faster. Online study takes a lot of self discipline and it is recommended to have a calendar showing a deadline to finish 2-15 hours per week.

For those that do not have internet access contact us to do in-school study at 15-20 days of attendence. This option is also great for those that need a strict schedule to finish things. Tutoring is offered at an additional cost for those with ESL. Los estudiantes deben poder hablar y leer ingles. Se ofrece tutoria. 

 

 

CAN I DO THE ENTIRE COURSE ONLINE?

No. The state requires students wanting a Virginia Nail Technician License to finish a specific amount of nail training done under the supervision of a Licensed Instructor inside a state licensed & course approved school. Don't be fooled by any 100% all done online programs, it is just training and they can not credit you any of the required state hours needed to get a nail license. Phase guidelines for limited capacity in class must be followed when in place. 

 

CAN I GET FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID TO HELP ME PAY?

No. In the United States, several states offer federal aid for nail training but Virginia is not one of them. There is no federal aid in Virginia for Nail or Wax Education. All costs are paid here by the student. Consider asking family for help you with a career change or contact your Social Service/disability case worker.
 

No Federal Aid is the #1 reason why many beauty programs don't want to offer nail education in Virginia. The unpredictability for profits/low enrollment causes many nail schools to close with a few years of opening. The Norfolk (high military population) area may offer hair schools with a nail course on the side that accepts military aid but we do not accept military benefits here. 

 

To get federal financial aid, consider enrolling into a 12-18 month Cosmetology program. Cosmetologists can do hair cuts/color, nail care, simple skin care and facial waxing. Financial Aid is also offered for Esthetics and massage. Esthetics offers licensing opportunities for complex facial skin care, lash work and all waxing services. 


 

DO YOU HAVE PAYMENT PLANS? 
Yes.
 At specific times we offer a payment plan based on the time of the year. Payment plan requires a down payment to start. The down payment gives immediate access to online study, a mailed textbook and 2 days to attend when ready. Our payment plans ensure that students can pay for the course in a reasonable time (4-5 months) so that they can be released to take their state exams asap before they forget what they learned or if state exams become updated with new content not learned in an old course. 

This is an in-house no credit check payment plan that is not reported to credit bureaus. Students must pay in full for thier course to be released to take the state exams to get licensed. Payments are made by the student at the MAKE A PAYMENT page by due date. Students are free to make multiple payments weekly, bi-weekly etc to build up the monthly minimum amount due by the first. There are no reminders sent to the student and balances can be
requested by text anytime. A 10% discount is offered to balances paid early. See the Discount page for details.
 

A late fee is applied on the 2nd of each month. The late fee is 5% of the balance owed on the 2nd after the 1st due. There is no refund on any paid costs and access to the course closes after 6 months of the first payment and must be paid to start over with the updated course. Students with financial issues should contact the school for time extensions before the payment is due. Those with verifiable proof of a long term job uncontrolled termination, layoff or furlough while taking the course should notify the school for financial help. 

 

 

 

DO I GET A TEXTBOOK?

Yes, the textbook is included in your course cost. It is mailed within 24 hours of filling out your registration form. You get access to fill out that form immediately after payment. The book can arrive in 1-2 weeks based on your location and mailing delays. 

 

 

HOW DO I ATTEND CLASSES LATER?

Students pick the dates they want to attend later. Access to online booking is given during the online course. All dates are attended within 6 months of the day they make their first payment. It is recommended to start attending in about 1-3 months after enrolling. Fastest completion comes from those that finish most of the online work before attending. Make sure to check the DISCOUNT page to see details for those that drive from far away. We are looking for a location near Richmond but until COVID closures settles down we are paused for that move. 

Students must finish at least 20 hours of online work before attending their first day. It is okay to do more. Students attend 1 day a week with practice done before the next date. It is okay to skip weeks. After each date they attend, the student will practice 5-10 hours of what was learned at home to have questions for the next class date. 


2020 Class dates on varied Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun:

around 10:30am-1:30pm, 3pm-6pm and 6pm-9pm

August 1, 2, 8, 9, 23, 24 & 30
September 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28 & 30

October 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 & 28

November 1,2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22 & 29 
December 2, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16 & 20
Each month in 2021 offers 10-20 dates or more on varied Mon-Sun. 

 

The school is closed for classes:  Aug 10-22, Nov 23-28, snow days and Dec 21-Jan 8, 2021. Communication by email, text or phone call is open during closure. 

 

 

WHAT IS IN THE KIT?

Students need supplies after attending the first day of class to do first class day homework. The kit purchase here is optional so students can purchase items themselves. A itemized list will be provided in the online study for those that don't get a kit. Most of the kit items stay at home for practice with exception to acrylic product that is brought after the 2nd day of class. Anyone that does nails can tell you that Nail Supplies are expensive and buying things at random can make that cost higher. The kit is a pre-organized selection to expose you to various brands and items to do work effectively. Total cost is about what you would pay for it yourself. It is common for nail techs to leave a supply store with one bag that is only half full costing over $100 or more. 
 

The Student Kit includes sanitation supplies, mani/pedi products, chemicals/solvents, files/buffers, starter drill, training practice hand, acrylic product, tips, glues and metal tools. The Pro level kit adds dipping items, gel polishes and a LED light.  Not Included are: Tables, chairs, stools, pedi baths, table lights etc. KIT PURCHASE

The state supply is a specific state required hand (not the table clamped hand in kit) and sealed odorless product required to take the state exams to get licensed. The optional case is a big rolling case to hold items. Kits take about 1-3 weeks to arrive after payment for pickup at the school. We no longer ship kits becuase we are not certified to mail flammable chemicals. Students can pick up kits early before their class date by making an appointment with the instructor or on their class date. 

 

 

HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE DOING NAILS?
Nail Techs make money based on their skill experience (from repetitive pracitice), timing to finish services, prices and where they work.  Those that work at home can make more money by not paying for commercial rent. Some of our students purchase an RV to do mobile nails or travel to peoples homes/offices to make money per service. Nail parties are popular before weddings and baby showers which can bring bulk money in one day. Nail services cost around $20-75 and based on the Tech's practice it could be done in an hour or less. Tips bring in a additional income. High end resorts and day spas usually pay a per hour salary with or without a commission but may offer benefits like 401K, insurance and paid vacations. Most nail services at high end resorts/day spas can cost around $50-150 per hour for a great commission with regular 10-15% tips added. Nail Techs make the most money when they have practiced regularly to get good at speed on their services plus lots of repeated practice to learn from mistakes to know how to provide a quality service.

Techs good at timing and experience knowledge with a clientle built, could earn $150-400 in an 8 hour day at home. Techs in a business setting must pay for overhead with the same home income earnings but hired staff can bring income in to help the owner pay less overhead. Spa/resorts usually pay $8-15 an hour or more with a commission of 10-30%+ to earn around $200-500 a day. Most Spa/Resorts already have clients ready to book when starting. Salon employment can vary for hourly or commission pay and after a clientle is built up they could make around $150-250+ per day plus tips based on the prices. Booth rental is another option after a clientle is built up. 

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW I CAN PASS THE STATE EXAM TO GET MY LICENSE?
We have spent over 10 years building our course to prepare students for the state exams to get licensed. We stay updated and revise the course regularly to stay up to date with new content. We are proud to hold one of the highest pass rate ratios in the state for Nail Technicians. The biggest reason a student could have issues with passing state exams is from waiting to long to take them after finishing the course. The state exam is updated regularly and students should be taking exams within 3 months of finishing the course. We are experts in knowing how to prepare students (that do their study/work responsibly) for their state exams to get licensed. 

 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER LOCATION?

No. We were looking to move to a city location but with the COVID restriction uncertainty we have decided to wait. We have students coming here from all over the state of Virginia from Northern VA, Va Beach, Lynchburg etc. We also get students from outside the state of Virginia that want to work on the Virginia borders. Classes are by your chosen appointment so you just have to drive several times and before you know it you are done. It's a sacrifice well worth the drive and before you know it your done! More than 90% of our students drive about an hour to attend with half driving almost two hours or more. Save your gas receipts for taxes. We now offer a discount for distance drivers! Check the DISCOUNTS page
 

 

I JUST WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO NAILS, NOT GET A LICENSE?
Virginia requires anyone selling nail services to have a state Nail Technician license. Insurances will not cover liability for unlicensed Techs and clients can sue unlicensed Techs charging for nail services if there is injury or damage. Anyone violated with selling nail care services "unlicensed" can have issues with getting a professional career license in any State. 
For those that want to learn nails for fun, social media or video production without a desire to sell their services consider taking a workshop class to learn how to do nails. LEARN ABOUT WORKSHOP CLASSES

 

 

I JUST NEED TO TAKE THE EXAMS FROM APPRENTICESHIP/SCHOOL COMPLETION
For those that finished beauty school already or an apprenticeship and approved to take the state exams already we offer a book refresher course to prepare you or you can come in for book lessons. We also offer a one day prep for the state exam procedures. Contact us for questions we want to see more Licensed Nail Techs out there, that is our goal! EXAM PREP WORKSHOP 

 

 

HOW DO I GET MY LICENSE?

Students can take their state exams when they are released from this school by passing and paying for the course in full.  Students will take the licensing exams that we prepare and release you for. The state exams are administered in a secure state approved facility, not here. The state exam cost is $172 paid directly to the exam center towards the end of the course. That cost is not included in any costs paid here. Students should save for that cost along with the $105 license fee paid to the state after passing both state exams. 

 

 

WHY DO I NEED A LICENSE?

Anyone selling nail services in Virginia without a posted valid nail or hair license is prosecutable with a Class 1 misdemeanor and can be reported to DPOR for violation. Clients that get an infection, cut or damage from a person selling nail services without a nail license can sue the person (and salon owner) selling the nail services for damages. Opening a salon will require a registration of the managing/owning staff to be held liable for violations including employment of unlicensed staff to sell nail services. Anyone violated from selling nail care services unlicensed will have issues with getting a Professional Career license in any state. To stay licensed you just pay the fee every two years (currently $105). If you move out of state you can transfer your license to be multi state licensed. 

 

 

I WENT TO BEAUTY SCHOOL BUT DIDNT FINISH OR ALREADY DO ACRYLICS?

Anyone with beauty school hours or retail/salon setting experience can get a discount for their advance skills. The Basic level offered in the past is no longer offered for issues with students signing up with false claims of pro level acrylic skills. If you have documentation from the school for hair, nail, esthetics or massage Education totaling any hour, please contact the Instructor before paying. Also contact her if you have acrylic skills that can be proved through social media videos showing your work and you doing the work. You may be required to come to the school (or video chat) to prove your a acrylic skills with no proof of prior school hours. BONUS OFFER BEFORE SEPT 1, 2020

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I AM DONE WITH COURSE?

This course is about preparing you to take the state exams. Although we would love to make you the most amazing Nail Tech in the world that only comes from time doing nails over and over again. After students have passed and paid for the course they are released/prepared to take their state exams. Students that complete the course have the ability to email or text the Instructor for service questions or career guidance as their skills grow. Students regularly contact the Instructor after years to ask open advise for equipment pruchasing, salon openings, employment, issues etc. A graduate of Virginia Nail School will automatically get life long email/text help with their nail questions as needed/desired included!

 

 

WHAT AM I LEARNING?

 

Online Study

Nail History

Communication

Infection Control

Anatomy & Physiology

Skin & Nail Structure

Nail Diseases & Disorders

Electricity & Chemistry

Nail Chemicals

Nail Art Theory
Salon Business

State Regulations

 

In-School Study

Sanitation 

Mani/Pedi

Nail Wraps & Tips

Intro to Gel Polishing

Basic & Advance Acrylics

Intro to Electric Filing 

Practical Exam Review

Starting Aug+: adding Dip training/basic art

 

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