About the School


This school was founded over a decade ago on the desire to make the nail industry better by educating Professional quality Licensed Nail Technicians with the ability to perform safe and sanitary services. The course is taught by a State Licensed Nail Technician Instructor with over 27 years of working experience in the the nail industry. This school is like no other in the state with the ability to answer any question you have about the nail industry.


This school offers the unique ability to attend with responsible flexibility.  Students can book the class days and times they want (in a 6 month deadline) to finish their hours. This allows students with family duties or careers to attend when they can on available dates. Most students begin attending within 1-2 months of enrolling and after about finishing about 60 hours of online study.


Many of our students have gone on to open businesses at home or in commercial settings. Some of our students have also become product educators, sales reps, managers and employees at high paying resorts/spas. Graduates can continue to get their nail questions answered by the Instructor as their career changes and grows. 


This school is State Licensed and Approved by the Virginia State Regulatory board to offer a Nail Course for those looking to get a Nail License (required to sell any nail service in Virginia). At this school NOTHING is held back for fear of competition! Students get an informative education to be prepared to beat their competitors. The best learning experience will go to students that have a positive attitude with a dedicated motiviation to get licensed for their own dream goals. 


Sadly, we get students that come here after being unprepared from hair schools using hair/cosmetology Instructors with very little nail service experience (especially artificial nails). Students also come here after being scammed by salons saying they are offering apprenticing/training with the realization that the owner was not registered to do apprenticeshop and/or not interested in making any competition in the first place. We get a lot of students that took a course online and found out that the certificate paper they got was worth nothing towards licensure. This school's goal is to help those wanting a nail license. Continued practice and advance training (after graduation) will help graduates here become amazing nail techs. 


To get the best education here: we expect students to make a very serious plan to attend dates/times in an organized manner. This cost of this course is paid to prepare students for the state exam and how to provide a safe/sanitary service to the public. Online study requires a regular study each week of 5-10 hours. Attend all class dates responsibly and practice at home regularly between labs to come to the next class with questions for advance training. Students should come to class understanding that no matter what you already know there is always more that can be learned no matter how small it is. Doing nails on a dummy hand that doesn't complain is nothing like a real person that can post bad comments on social media. We want to prepare you for real life money making potential. The#1 most important skill to have coming here is a positive mind. Without a positive mind, lots of things in life can become a terrible experience. Always make constant communicate with the Instructor when you need help.  This is not high school and students should try to represent themselves as responsible adults for assistance. This means asking for help when you need it and not expecting someone to do what you should be responsible for. Those that need ESL tutoring (in English) or those that have issues with learning online should mention this before signing up to purchase the non-online course or tutoring sessions.


After finishing the course here: Immediately after completion (or during their studies), students should build the courage to immediately work in a salon setting to offer assistance/cleaning then mani/pedi services to build confidence. Many salons and resort spas are seriously struggling to find “Licensed” Techs to do Natural Nail care so the employment opportunity in that level is wide open with a great salary. It can take about a year of trial and error experience to be really good at Artificial nail services (if you have not done them professionally before starting a course). For those that are already experienced with acrylics before coming here, going on to open a business soon after completion is a common choice. Whatever level you are with nail care and whatever learning experience you learn best in, it can be accommodated here to focus on giving you the information you need to have the tools you need to get licensed. Paid graduates from Virginia Nail School can always get assistance with their nail service questions long after completion of the course. 




This career choice was not my original choice while in college but it has become the best career choice. This trade skill has given me wonderful opportuntiesfor the past 27 years. It has helped me attend all my children's school and sport events. It has offered me the flexiblity to earn a great income in so many different ways as my life changed. I have met people that I normally would not of conversed with to learn so much about the world that I was never taught by my family and friends. That information has helped me grow as a person, a wife and as a parent to have a blessed family.

  When it comes to nails, I can answer any question and spot issues to teach for skill growth. I have experience with using practically every professional nail brand, gained decades of knowledge using various products to understand how to make money as "nail" tech in multiple types of nail career settings. I even know the deep differences in low end to high end nail services.

   My goal is to get every one of my student licensed but it starts with them putting in what they want back! I have the ability to guide them to the setting that is best suited for their present personality and skill set. I will be there for them even after completion to help them find ideal career paths as their skills grow. Please allow me to pass on my skills to help you acheive your dreams before I retire from the industry! My goal is to improve the respectablity of the Nail Industry in Virginia by putting out well informed Licensed Nail Techs that can make that improvement. My greatest joy comes from using my decades of nail industry knowledge to guide or help a Nail Tech use their strongest traits to make their own happiness and success.




To speak with the Director/Instructor about any questions that you may have or make an appointment (at the school or by video) to meet, email or text is the best way of contact when she is away from the desk. She checks her email throughout the day but most of the time she responds later after work. The email is vivian@vanailschool.com

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