SUCCESSFUL COURSE COMPLETION ADVICE:
- The BIGGEST issue the instructor has is when students don't do 5-10 hours of service practice before the next class. If
you don't bring questions, it means that you are not prepapred to learn at the next level skill so the last level may have to be repeated or the next level is skipped to lose a day of training.
Students that practice the most get advance training skills in the next class.
- When attending each class, come with an open mind to learn regardless of what skills you already know from doing nails unlicensed or watching videos online. No matter how
much you know there is always more to learn. If you know it all, okay then, the Instructor will just focus on the basics and you could lose valuable master training. Your class time is free time to
get any question answered about the nail industry, you just have to ask them.
- Attend responsibly to finish hours by the deadline. Try not to miss ANY days of class. Skills that are taught a missed day are not
retaught on another day.
- Do the required homework online in time for the next class. If you are not ready for the lesson in class then she can't teach it. This will waste a day of class to
not learn more at the end.
- Avoid too much social distractions in class and focus on completing lab work in time
- Make time each week to study the required minimum hours to finish on time
- Make sure to always practice technique at home at least 5-10 hours per week to avoid low confidence issues at the next class and ALWAYS
bring issue questions to help you learn more/faster
- Within the first week of starting, present your DMV ID and SS Card to avoid delay in processing paperwork to take your state exams for licensure
- Prepare to pay and take the state exams within 30 days of the course completion to be better prepared to pass the state exams to get licensed. The cost is $86 for the
written and $86 for the practical. This is paid to the exam center not here.
- Students can test out of the online study work at no cost (upon request). The course costs includes one attempt to take the final tests at the school to be released
from book study work. If failed the cost is $50 per try to take each (of 2) tests again to pass.
PREVIOUS STATE LICENSURES:
- To obtain a VA Nail Technician license you should be clear of any previous violations with licensure issues or disciplinary actions in barbering, cosmetology, waxing, nail
care, esthetics or tattooing in any other state
- The board will review past issues to determine eligibility for licensure only after passing both state exams
- The board will also review past license loss or failed issues to determine eligibility for state licensure ONLY after exams are passed
- DPOR may also check into violations for those licensed in real estate, certified interior designers, lanscape architects, contractors, home inspectors, opticians, hearing
aid specialists, polygraph examiners, tradesmen, waste operators etc.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND: State Regulation on Licensing
- Click this FAQ Link for criminal
convictions licensing questions
- Anything discussed privately with convictions to the instructor will not share any information with other students or clients especially in the local
- Students with misdemeanors and/or felony conviction(s) must show criminal history reports to DPOR after finishing the course by purchasing their criminal history report for
$20-25. The instructor will privately help with the instructions.
- The state DPOR board will
review the charges only after completing a course and passing both state exams to approve or disapprove state licensure
- The state will be reviewing felony charges less than 20 years ago and misdemeanors less than two years ago.
- The decision to approve a student for licensure when students have convictions is based entirely on the Virginia DPOR state board, this school has no part in the decision
- The regulatory board does not make a review to decide to approve licensure until AFTER the student passes a nail course here and passes both state exams
- The board will want state police copies of your charges
- We have had students in the past with misdemeanor and felony convictions that got approval for licensure but it can take months or even over a year to finalize if approved.
An approval is worth fighting for!
- All conversations about convictions are kept confidential and private between the student and the instructor so please don't be concerned about speaking
COST TO GET LICENSED (after course completion):
- The written exam is $86 and the practical exam is $86. Both costs are per try to pass. This should be paid within 2 months of graduation to avoid failing when taking it
- The state license fee is $105 after passing both exams and should be paid within 60 days of passing both exams.
- The fee to stay licensed is $105 paid every two years. Make sure to always notify the state regulating department of any address changes so that you get your
- No CEU's are required in Virginia to stay licensed
- Virginia is a NIC test approved state. Your license will be transferable into other states. You can be multi-state licensed. License expires when you stop paying the renewal
- Expired licenses require taking new updated state exams again. We offer workshop classes for this.
Are you an apprentice? Make sure you are not being scammed!
The state allows people to train inside a apprenctice registered salon to get their nail license without having to go to nail school.
Attendance for written study is also required to finish. After finishing hours and passing the written course students can take the exams to get licensed. Apprentices must be paid minimum wage per
hour or equal in commision pay.
Only ONE apprentice is allowed PER posted license nail tech or cosmetologist license. Example: If you see two apprentices in training and one posted
Tech license with one posted salon license then there is a violation. There should be One Tech License, one salon license and one apprentice license. The second apprentice is not permitted to sell
services without another Licensed Tech sponsor posted and a issued apprenctice card posted. These types of violations should be reported to DPOR immediately by anyone.
This school has had a high rate of students enrolling after thinking they were in an apprenticeship program at a Salon only to find
out they were not. Apprentices should contact their state representative to make sure the salon is approved and licensed to offer apprenticeship. Apprentice hours do not count until a state
apprenticeship representative has come INTO the salon to check your ID and issue a state apprenticeship card (that must be posted) in order to start selling any nail care services by linking you to a
licensed Nail Tech or Cosmetologist that will sponsor you. If this has not happened and you have been working fo a
long time contact the representative for your area to report the salon. Use our contact page if you need help finding your representative.
Salons MUST post ALL licenses by the register/entrance or they are in violation to be reported for not
posting their licenses. A Salon must have a license from DPOR posted to sell hair, nail, waxing or skin care services. Depending on what they sell they may have more than one approved service license
posted. Separate to the service license, a license MUST be posted for EACH person selling beauty services or they can be reported to DPOR for violation. Count the posted licenses, then count
the staff and add the separate service license(s). Receptionist do not require a license but they can not sell
any beauty services without one. If you can’t find the DPOR License for the service(s) that you are buying and another DPOR license for the person servicing you, then it
would be a good idea to walk out! This means that they have not been tested to keep you safe. A form is listed at the bottom of this page to report violations.
Apprentice Hours are no less than 2,000 hours done in no less than 12 months and you must get minimum wage hourly pay during working. Apprenticeship must also pay, complete and pass a separate written course at a
state approved school.