Nail Technology

With the right nail technician training in Wisconsin, you can be working at a salon, such as Happy Nails and Spa, in just a matter of months. Or, if you would rather own your own salon, then you should start seeking cosmetology school nail programs that include salon management and business courses. With the right mix of passion, persistence, and inspirational instruction, you can achieve your goal of becoming a nail artist in this state. Fortunately, we know a thing or two about finding beauty schools in Wisconsin

After you read the information laid out here about nail tech training in Wisconsin, use the search box at the top of this page. Or you can simply browse the school listings below to see your options laid out. Each school you contact can help you understand what to expect as far as cost, time of completion, and other aspects of training. Our passion is helping students like yourself succeed in the beauty industry. So be sure to let us know when you complete your training, and share your story of success with us!

State License Requirements

The State of Wisconsin requires nail technicians to complete a minimum of 300 hours of training to obtain their license.

Education Details

Becoming a nail technician in Wisconsin starts with the right set of courses that blend technical knowledge and creative skills. Many programs can also help you develop strong customer service and management skills that can help you excel in this occupation. We recommend looking closely at all the course options available near you to make the best decision.

Nail tech courses may cover: •

  • Safety and sanitation •
  • Extensions and wraps •
  • Bacteriology •
  • Nail design •
  • Hygiene
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

Once you earn your license you will need to renew it by March 31st of odd-numbered years. The fee for renewal is $82. If you pay after the deadline, your fee will increase to $107. License holders are required to complete 4 hours of continuing education training between each renewal period. When you compare nail tech programs in Wisconsin, be sure to ask how they help prepare students for this training and licensing process.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Nail Technician

Nail technologists are responsible for maintaining the appearance through grooming of a client's fingernails and toenails with manicures, pedicures, shaping, cuticle care, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments and nail polish application. In order to become a nail tech in Wisconsin you must;

  • Complete formal manicurist education and training
  • Pass the theory and practical examinations.
  • Apply for your license and keep it current.

Nail Technologist jobs are growing at a rate of 16% for the next 6 years.

State board Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address:

The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.

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