Pennsylvania Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in Pennsylvania is controlled by the PA Barber and Cosmetology Association.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in Pennsylvania

Specific requirements to perform manicures and nail 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

One of the most important nail technician licensing requirements in Pennsylvania is education. To be eligible for a license in this field you must have at least a 10th grade education or equivalent.

You will also need to graduate from a state-licensed cosmetology school that offers nail technician training programs in Pennsylvania. You can find an instructional facility near you by conducting a search for licensed cosmetology schools through the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The manicurist courses you take at one of these schools must include at least 200 hours of instruction given over a timeframe of at least one month. Your classes will include theoretical learning from a textbook as well as hands-on practice to develop your real-life skills. Nail technician courses in Pennsylvania will include:

Sanitation, disinfection, and safety procedures
Basic manicuring and pedicuring
Attaching and shaping artificial nails
Nail art and advanced manicuring and pedicuring
State rules, regulations, and laws
Business development and professional ethics

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

PA Barber and Cosmetology Association

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 every two years.

What are fees associated with licensing?

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