• Age 16 or older within one month of starting 
  • Valid Driver's License or State ID
  • Social Security card (if issued one)
  • Visual ability to see the nail and hands
  • Upper body mobility to file and apply product
  • ability to communicate in English at class
  • internet for at least 30hrs a month


  • High School diploma is not needed
  • 7th grade Math skills
  • 10th grade English Reading & Comprehension skills
  • Only English instrution available here



  • Good Internet access for online study (min 30hrs per month)
  • Buy a Kit here or get Sanitation, Mani, Pedi, Tip & Acrylic service supplies
  • Highlighter recommended for at home use in study in textbook
  • Smart phone, tablet, computer or laptop with internet to do book study


  • No credit check 100% approved with a deposit and monthly payments due anytime by the first of each month
  • missed or late payments will have a $35 late fee applied on the 2nd and 16th (max $70 per month)
  • limited attendance hours based on payments made (first monthly payment required to attend day 1)
  • payment plan option includes a $250 installment fee compared to pay in full cost
  • not released to register and take state exams until course is paid in full



  • About $100 of items will be needed to take the state exam
  • $172 to take the 2023 state exams ($86 per failed exam) paid to the exam center after paying in full and passing the course
  • $90 for Nail License paid after passing state exams
  • travel costs to Palmyra Virginia for lab hours
  • travel costs to take State Exams at various locations througout Virginia



  • Students do not have to live in Virginia
  • A Virginia Nail License can only sell nail care in Virginia
  • VA Nail License can transfer into other states to become multi state licensed. Each State's requirements vary.
  • State ID's address used will be placed on the license with a option only to have it mailed elsewhere. No exceptions unless the ID is presented as updated before completion of the course.
  • Anyone can have multiple state nail licenses to sell nail care in multiple states

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND: (we have had students with convictions get their Nail License)

  • CLICK HERE to see the Regulatory Board Flyer about Criminal Convictions
  • Disclose previous/current regulatory board professional licenses denials and disiplinary actions from any state for review after finishing a course.
  • Those with criminal convictions must disclose their violation for approval considered by the state board AFTER completion of a course and passing the state exams.
  • Disclose felonies within the last 20 years
  • Disclose misdemeanors within the last 2 years for moral turpitude, sexual offence, drug distribution or physical injury
  • Criminal Conviction Form required to fill out if you have a misdemeanor/felony described above (State/Court records needed)
  • Those that do not disclose the proper information may have their application denied and/or very long delays in processing
  • Any disclosure at the school of criminal history will be kept 100% confidential from other students and outside the school
  • Decisions are NOT made for licensing by the state licensing department until the student has passed the state exams for licensing


  • We welcome wheelchair bound students with an accessible environment 
  • Since we offer 1 on 1 class education we are great for those with some learning disabilities like ADHD, Aspergers, etc. Those with social anxiety enjoy our private one on one class. 
  • The state offers ADA accommodations for those taking their state exams with medical signed documentation.
  • The school walkways are ADA compliant with education provided in wheelchair accessible rooms/tables
  • We do not have an instructor that can provide sign language to those that are deaf. Online training is mostly book study. Those needing the verbal instruction written down at every class may have to attend a few more days of class. Translators are permitted into the classroom if you have one.
  • ADA accomodations for state exams can be provided with a medical document verified request.
  • Students must be visually able to provide services
  • all hallways and doorways are wide enough for wheelchair accessibility
  • The two way swinging door can be opened for those needing assitance
  • Free Handicap parking is within 20 feet of the door
  • Seating is available with or without arms and room for leg extension
  • Sturdy strong seating can brought in by the student as needed
  • Students are welcome to bring their own stable chair or request the use of one
  • There are no stairs inside or outside the school to enter
  • There is no curbs to step up for walkway into the school
  • The restroom at the school is ADA wheelchair compliant 
  • Please bring IEP documentation to request a private meeting before starting to discuss learning accommodations. This can be discussed as needed without documents. We are very good with teaching ADHD and ADD students. 



  • We have kept our school small to focus on quality no quantity and give a more personal education so our environment does not welcome guests in the school during classes. There are things to do nearby.
  • Children and pets should not come to class because of hazardous chemicals that can be spilled.

Nail License Requirement to Sell Nail Services

In order to sell ANY nail services (including those in training) in Virginia you must have a posted Nail license given to you from the state regulatory board. Not having a license posted (for clients to view at all times) is it's own violation. Not having a license is another violation. Licenses are obtained after passing a state licensed course and the state exams administered inside a secured testing center. Unlicensed service providers can not be insured for liability and can be sued by customers. Violations will cause issues with obtaining any type of State regulated Career License later. 



Any person practicing barbering, cosmetology (hair care), nail care, or waxing services for sale without a posting license may be prosecuted and fined by the Commonwealth under §§ 54.1-111 A 1 and 54.1-202 of the Code of Display of license. A state issued posted license is required at all times for anyone selling nail care services in each state (this includes learning apprentices posting their DOLI issued temporary permit).  


FILE A SALON COMPLAINT LINK  Help improve the Nail Industry by filing complaints!

Call (804) 367-8504 or email  to get help with filing a complaint about a unsafe salon or not seeing posted DPOR issued licenses for each staff selling nail care with an additional DPOR issued license for the salon. 

The nail industry reputation is negative when Techs do things they are not suppose to do. Licensed Nail Techs are to refer medical care to a licensed medical professional, not take it upon themselves to provide services that they are not licensed to do.
If a license is not posted when nail services are sold then they are reportable for violation. Nail Techs are trained and tested by the state to recognize skin issues for referral to a licensed Doctor or Podiatrist. Any Tech diagnosing, prescribing or providing "cure" medical treatment can be prosecuted with lawsuits by clients. All beauty professional are NOT allowed to cut any living tissue (or skin) on the skin without an additional license from the Board of Medicine (to avoid potential lawsuits from clients and a reportable violation under 
§§ 54.1-2400.01This also means not pushing open or drilling open the protective skin around the nails or removing any skin around fingernails/toenails or from the bottom of the feet. Virginia Nail Technicians can smooth skin through light exfoliation and filing only. Callus removal or ingrown toenail services can be prosecutable when injury has occured since this is a service only done by a licensed medical professional. If unlicensed they can be prosecuted additionally.

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