Nail Technology

Maybe your nail technology career will lead to high-end nail art designs in Pittsburgh or special event nail designs in Philadelphia. Perhaps you will find yourself in an upscale Pennsylvania suburb, working with busy professionals and working mothers.

No matter where you feel at home in the beauty industry, a nail technician license could be a great fit for you.

State License Requirements

After you meet Pennsylvania’s education requirements, you can apply for your license through the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. They charge a total of $103 in fees, including licensing and examination fees. You receive your license after passing both mandatory licensing exams.

Education Details

By contacting local schools and getting more information on their programs and start dates, you may be able to find a training program that fits your schedule and your learning style. After you learn more about each school, consider touring them to meet instructors and find out how much practical experience each student gets. Pennsylvania has fairly relaxed licensing requirements, so you only need 200 hours of training at a local school to qualify for licensure.

What You Can Learn at Pennsylvania Nail Tech Schools

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Bacteriology, sanitation, and sterilization
  • Professional salon management skills
  • Manicuring techniques and procedures
  • Pedicuring techniques and procedures
  • Artificial nail application, repair, and removal
  • Nail wraps, tips, and extensions
  • Advanced nail care treatments
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

To become a licensed nail technician or manicurist in the state of Pennsylvania, you must start by completing a program that includes a minimum of 200 hours of training. You will also need to pass the state board exam to proceed to initial licensure. Once you have become a licensed manicurist in Pennsylvania, you will need to renew it every other year, with a deadline of January 31st. There is a fee of $35 for practitioners, and $55 for instructors. Pennsylvania does not require continuing education units between renewal periods.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The sky is the limit in nail technology, so a better question is, “How do you want to use your nail care skills?” If you enjoy working and communicating with customers, you may like the laid-back environment of luxury spas and resorts salons. If you pride yourself on your productivity and your ability to work quickly, walk-in nail salons may be the place for you. Across the board, job openings for Pennsylvania nail technicians are expected to increase 11% by 2024 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a Pennsylvania manicurist is $22,370 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as a Nail Technician

Rendering services such as silk wraps, acrylic nails, pedicures, gel nails, and manicures in a day spa is a job option for trained nail technologists. Nail salon work is also an option. The final job option is one that’s always available: self-employment. A technologist may open a nail shop in a fixed location, or a mobile grooming company that travels to meet clients at their homes and businesses. Statistics say nail technologists have a propitious job outlook.

Some of the most popular salons in Pennsylvania are:

State board Contact Information

Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
One Penn Center, 2601 North 3rd Street
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone Number: 717-783-7130
Fax Number: 717-705-5540
E-mail Address:

The Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer questions about obtaining a Pennsylvania license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Pennsylvania that interest you below, then request more information to get started.