Wisconsin Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in Wisconsin is controlled by the Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in Wisconsin

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

Once you have earned a high school education you will be eligible to enroll in a nail technician education program. You can do this either through an approved manicurist school or by receiving your education directly from a professional in the field who is also licensed as an instructor.

In either case your curriculum must include at least 300 hours of coursework and training over a period of between 7-20 weeks. Your studies must include the following:

Introductory classes, consisting of business management, book-keeping, laws, regulations, ethics, and history – 36 theory hours
Bacteriology, sanitation, disinfection, and first aid – 10 theory hours and 25 practical hours
Anatomy and physiology – 18 theory hours and 8 practical hours
Nail and skin diseases and disorders – 24 theory hours and 10 practical hours
Manicuring, pedicuring, and nail enhancement – 24 theory hours and 112 practical hours
Introduction to advertising – 12 theory hours
Individual student needs and choices – 7 theory hours and 14 practical hours

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

Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board

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 by March 31 in odd-numbered years.

What are fees associated with licensing?

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