From the classic single-polish design to French manicures and half-moons, the field of nail technology covers hundreds of techniques and designs
Ready to start a beauty career that lets you explore your natural creativity? Nail technology is the beauty specialty for you.
To provide manicures and pedicures in Alaska, you need a nail technician license. This license requires 250 hours of education from an approved Alaska beauty school. You must pass a written test and a practical test, both of which have a $60 exam fee. When you submit your application, you must also pay a $150 application fee and a $180 licensing fee.
Learn more about becoming a nail technician by contacting the state board:
Attending an Alaska nail tech school is the first step in your journey. As an aspiring student, you can attend a local beauty school or technical college to complete your required 250 hours of training. You may attend school full-time, which allows you to complete your training in a matter of weeks. As you learn about different cosmetology theories and terms, you focus on improving your skills by working with clients and mannequins. Mandatory topics guide the content of your program.
AK Nail Tech School Courses
- Safety and sanitation for clients and nail technicians
- Anatomy and physiology of the hands, feet, arms, and legs
- Manicuring techniques
- Pedicuring techniques
- Use of artificial nail products
- Alaska cosmetology laws
Alaska licensees must renew their licenses every odd-numbered year by the end of August. It costs $140 to renew a nail technician specialist license as long as you renew by the due date. The cost goes up to $180 after August 31. Advanced manicurist endorsement renewal costs an additional $60.
You may be wondering how you can use a nail technician license in Alaska. The skills you learn in nail technician schools can be used in lots of different ways, so you can get creative with your career path. If you do your best work while developing nail art designs and pushing the limits, you may play with new ways to create different effects and styles on real and artificial nails. If you prefer a consistent base of clients that you see every couple weeks, you may focus on giving the best manicure in your city. This is an excellent time to explore your options in Alaska, since job openings for nail technicians may increase 14% between 2014 and 2024 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a nail technician in the state is $28,720 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
Nails are groomed by a nail technologist with manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle care, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments and applying nail polish. These are the requirements to becoming a nail tech in Alaska.
- Complete an approved manicurist course.
- Apply for an Alaska manicurist license.
- Add an advanced manicurist endorsement to your license.
- Maintain your license.
Within the next 6 years a growth of 16% is predicted.
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Phone Number: 907-465-2547
Fax Number: 907-456-2974
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing can help you with additional questions about obtaining an Alaska cosmetology license.