Frequently Asked Questions

This is a very flexible course that allows you to study whenever you want online and attend when you can later all within six months.

No school in Virginia can be 100% online to lead to licensure. Students must complete minimum requirements inside a state licensed/approved school under the supervision of a state licensed instructor. Any 100% online nail course is only training with no credit hours towards licensure. 





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After payment students will get a emailed link to create a online study account. Send a text immediately 24/7 if you have any issues. There is about 120 hours of online study 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 to study online. Students should study a minimum of 5-10 hrs a week online. 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. Guardians should organize a study plan for anyone under 21 to complete the course successfully.


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. 




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. 



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. 



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. Fastest completion comes from those that finish most of the online work before attending. It is recommended to start attending in about 1-3 months after enrolling. 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

September 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 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. 
More weekday dates are added when booking is more that 50% full


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. 



If you have a felony or misdemeanor charge you need to report it after finishing the course. They will research your background to check for them and if not reported those convicted will have long delays to get licensed after submitting the required forms. CLICK HERE for an informational flyer about criminal convictions with licensing. Below is a form that will be filled out after you finish the coures to understand what information they want. The state does not review anyone for approval of licensure until they have finished a state licensed course and passed the state exams. 

Criminal Form.pdf
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 During these times we are accepting a payment plan sign up. This is a 100% approved in-house plan. Payment plan starts with a down payment. 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. 

Payments are made by the student at the MAKE A PAYMENT page anytime by the 1st. Students are free to make multiple payments weekly, bi-weekly etc to build up the monthly minimum amount by the 1st. There are no reminders sent to the student and balances can be requested by text or email with a response made within 24 hours. A 10% discount is offered to balances paid early (minus current monthly minimum). 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. Fees are required to restart in an updated course. Students with financial issues should contact the school for time extensions before the payment is due. 




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 state 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 one of our workshop class to learn how to do nails. This is also for those already licensed wanting to learn more, an expired nail licensee or those needing to pass a failed state exam. LEARN ABOUT WORKSHOP CLASSES



The course requires student to study regularly with a positive attitude. Students must take the course serious or their money will be wasted. Those that don't make a deadline to study 20-30 hours per month can have issues with completion. Those that don't start attending 2-3 days per month within 3 months of starting the course can have issues finishing.  Students need to prepare and budget to take the state exams right away after finishing the course to take the exam that the course prepared you for. The state exams are updated regularly with new information not taught in old classes. 




No. We were looking to move to a city location but with the COVID restriction uncertainty we have decided to wait a little while. More than 95% of our students drive about an hour to attend with more than half driving around 2 hours. We also get students from outside the state of Virginia that want to work on the Virginia borders. You don't have to live in VA to et a VA nail license. 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 to learn a quick trade skill! Save your gas receipts for taxes. We now offer a discount for distance drivers! Make sure to check the DISCOUNT page.




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 students 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 includes the student kit with added dipping items, gel polishes and a starter LED light.  Not Included are: Tables, chairs, stools, pedi baths, table 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 are usually available for pickup at the school. We DO NOT ship kits because of the chemicals. Students can pick up kits early before their class date by making an appointment online or by text to check on availability status. Curbside delivery is available upon request. 



Nail Techs make money based on their skill experience (from repetitive practice), 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. 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.


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. 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.


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. 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. 



We have spent over 10 years building the course here 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 or giving up. 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. Getting students licensed is our reason for being open and it is why we are still standing as a rare Nail School left in the state. 




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. 



Payments are made by the student at the MAKE A PAYMENT page anytime before or by 11:59pm on the 1st. 

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. The late fee is added each 2nd until payments are caught up. There is no refund on any paid costs and access to the course expires for use in 6 months of the first payment. After 41 days of non payment access to online study is closed. Students will instantly fail the course after 65 days of not being caught up on payments (with no pre approval of time extension from verifiable documents). Students that instantly failed will get no refund/credit and don't owe anything more to the school. Students with financial issues should contact the school for possible late fee waivers and/or time extensions before the payment is due (Verifiable proof required). Contact by email can get balances within 24 hours. The worst thing a student on a payment plan can do is ignore communication when late. 



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. The state does regular updates to their exams including very big updates every few years. This exam prep workshop is also great for those that failed state nail exams or those that are approved to retake exams from an expired license. Contact us for questions, we want to see more Licensed Nail Techs out there, that is our goal! EXAM PREP WORKSHOP 




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. Businesses are not covered for liability (even with insurance) if the Tech was unlicensed at the time of damage/injury. 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) that sold the nail services for damages. Opening a salon will require a state 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 many types of Professional Career licenses (in any state) with a reported violation on their record. 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. 




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. 




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!





Online Study

Nail History


Infection Control

Anatomy & Physiology

Skin & Nail Structure

Nail Diseases & Disorders

Electricity & Chemistry

Nail Chemicals

Nail Art Theory
Salon Business

State Regulations


In-School Study



Nail Wraps & Tips

Intro to Gel Polishing

Basic & Advance Acrylics

Intro to Electric Filing 

Practical Exam Review

Dip training

Basic Art Theory


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