South Dakota Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in South Dakota is controlled by the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in South Dakota

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

As you set out to get the training to become a nail technician in South Dakota, you can choose between two methods:

Graduate from one of South Dakota’s nail technician schools
Complete an apprenticeship from at a licensed nail facility

To qualify for a manicurist license in South Dakota, you must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or an equivalent program.

Manicurist Schools in South Dakota

To complete the manicurist school requirement you will need to study in a program that includes at least 400 hours of nail technician courses. These will cover subjects including:

Safety and sanitation
Nail study
Nail diseases and disorders
Nail applications and products
Electric files

There are six approved schools in South Dakota where you can take the manicurist courses to be eligible for licensure. These are in:

Sioux Falls
Rapid City

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

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission

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 year on your birthday.

What are fees associated with licensing?

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


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