After a long day on your feet, nothing relaxes you quite like a good mani-pedi. As a nail technician, you have the opportunity to give your clients a place to chill out and get gorgeous
Whether youre applying artificial nails, creating nail art with foil transfers, or just softening someones tough heels, you can use your cosmetology skills in Georgia.
Once you graduate from a Georgia nail school, you can sign up for your licensing exams through the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers. They award your license after you pass both exams and prove that you have met their training standards.
How can you find a great nail technician program? To earn your license, you must attend a program that is approved by the state of Georgia. It must include at least 525 hours of training. Request information from multiple schools and get more information on their schedules, training hour requirements, and client work opportunities. This can help you narrow down your list of schools and choose one that fits your career goals.
Courses Required at GA Nail Tech Schools
- Cleansing, disinfecting, and managing a work area
- OSHA Anatomy and physiology
- Massage techniques
- Product chemistry
- Nail tools and equipment
- Salon management
- Nail sculpting
- Use of artificial nails
- Nail wrapping
- UV gel nails
- Fill-in application
- Artificial nail removal and repair
- Professional nail drill usage
- Nail art techniques
- Paraffin treatments
Georgia license renewal requirements differ between license types. Master cosmetologists must renew by March 31 of even-numbered years. Cosmetology instructors, esthetician instructors, nail technician instructors, and barber instructors must renew by June 30 of odd-numbered years. Estheticians and nail technicians must renew by August 31 of odd-numbered years. Barbers are expected to renew by December 31 of even-numbered years. During each two-year renewal period, you must complete 5 hours of continuing education.
There is a lot of flexibility in nail technology careers, so you can grow and expand your career as you choose. You may want to get as much diverse experience as possible by working in a walk-in nail salon that serves people of all ages and styles. From there, you may become self-employed and rent a manicure chair at a local salon or open your own nail salon. Nail salons are often open nights and weekends, giving you some flexibility in your schedule. Nail technicians in Georgia may enjoy job growth in this industry. Between 2014 and 2024, O*Net predicts a 14% jump in job openings for manicurists (2016). Currently, Georgia manicurists earn an average of $22,730 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
Nail technicians take care of a client's fingernails and toenails with manicures, pedicures, shaping, cuticle care, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments and applying nail polish. Georgia requirements for becoming a nail tech are as follows;
- Complete a nail education program.
- Complete the Georgia Nail Technician Examinations.
- Apply for your license.
Within the next 6 years there is expected to be a job growth of 16%.
Georgia State Board of Cosmetology
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone Number: 404-656-2881
The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Georgia state cosmetology license.