North Carolina Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in North Carolina is controlled by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in North Carolina

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

The North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners requires that you complete a program consisting of at least three hundred (300) hours of theory courses and practice hours distributed as follows:

25 hours in:

Manicuring Theory
Disinfection
First Aid
Trimming
Filing
Shaping
Decorating
Arm and Hand Manipulation
Sculptured and Artificial Nails
Pedicuring
275 hours in:

Advanced Styles and Techniques
Advanced Treatment and Decoration
Business and Retail Management
15 hours (5 on a mannequin and 10 on a live model):

Trimming
Filing
Shaping
Decorating
Arm and Hand Manipulation
20 hours (5 on a mannequin and 15 on a live model):

Application or repair of sculptured or artificial nails
10 hours of pedicures on a live model

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

North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

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?

The Board will notify you before you need to renew

What are fees associated with licensing?

For fees, licensing duration and renewal details check with local governing body.

Location(s):

North Carolina