Florida Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in Florida is controlled by the Florida Board of Cosmetology.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in Florida

Specific requirements to perform manicurists and nail technicians services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Nail Technician

Requirements and license preparation for manicurists and nail technicians

An approved nail specialist program consists of at least 240 hours of education.

The minimum curriculum for nail specialty training in Florida includes the following:

Florida cosmetology laws and rules: 5 hours
HIV/AIDS: 4 hours
Sanitation: 4 hours
Ethics: 2 hours
Nail theory, practice, and related subjects, including nail disorders and diseases: 85 hours
A nail specialist program curriculum must also include training/study in the following services:

Manicures: 20 hours
Pedicures: 10 hours
Tips with overlay: 37.5 hours
Nail wraps/mending: 15 hours
Nail fill-ins: 10 hours
Artificial nail removal: 5 hours
Polishing and nail art: 5 hours

What’s the state licensing site for manicurists and nail technicians?

Florida Board of Cosmetology

What are some training programs available for manicurists and nail technicians?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Renews biennially

What are fees associated with licensing?