Nail Technology Schools in Colorado

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5707 North Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

(719) 597-1413
Barbering, Continuing Education, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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Academy of Cosmetology Arts

4201 East Yale Avenue Suite B135
Denver, CO 80222

Cuttin'up Beauty Academy

8101 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80220

Designing Beauty Academy

419 Main Street
Windsor, CO 80550

Eye of the Tiger Esthetics

3333 South Bannock Street
Englewood, CO 80110

Glenwood Beauty College

50633 Highway 6 Unit B
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Otero Junior College

1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050

Paul Mitchell The School Colorado Springs – Accredited

118 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Pickens Technical College – Accredited

500 Airport Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80011

Pueblo Community College

900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

Red Rocks Community College - Arvada

10280 West 55th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002

Red Rocks Community College - Lakewood

13300 West 6th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228

Salon Professional Academy Cosmetology School

432 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Technical College of the Rockies – Accredited

1765 Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416

The Salon Professional Academy - Colorado Springs – Accredited

4388 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Tuana European Academy – Accredited

826 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

United Beauty College - Denver – Accredited

1701 South Federal Boulevard Unit A
Denver, CO 80219

Victoria James Salon Spa School

832 West Eisenhower Boulevard Suite B
Loveland, CO 80537

Westland Beauty Academy

2484 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Manicurist in Colorado

Colorado Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 20 education hours or 600 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Colorado is $26,220 ($12.61/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 10% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists nationally.

A gorgeous set of nails can say a lot about your style and personality. If you pride yourself on having on-point nails at all times, why not use your passion to help other people feel beautiful?

With a Colorado nail technician career, you could work in walk-in nail salons, full-service hair salons, and spas. You could even open your own nail salon and be your own boss.

State License Requirements

20 Education Hours OR 600 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Upon completing your CO nail tech training, you're ready to work your way through the rest of the licensing process. The Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure is your next step. They charge $155 in application and testing fees. After you pass a written test and a skills test, you may get your license and jump into the first phase of your career.

Education Details

Completing a reputable training program before you start working is not only required for licensure, it helps you feel confident about your ability to safely and efficiently work with clients. To qualify for licensure in Colorado, you need at least 600 hours of training at an approved school. This includes some theory training and plenty of hands-on training with mannequins and clients. Check out required training topics below.

Topics Taught at Colorado Nail Schools

  • Sanitation and safety
  • Sterilization Infection control
  • Manicuring and pedicuring techniques
  • Application of artificial nails
  • Removal and repair of artificial nails
  • Laws, rules, and regulations
  • Salon management
  • Occupational health and safety

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Barber, esthetician, hairstylist and manicurist licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years and cost $26 to renew or $41 to reinstate if you have allowed your license to lapse. All cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 on an annual basis. These licenses cost $32 to renew or $47 to reinstate. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Colorado. However, continuing education should be considered part of the field and part of doing business as a cosmetologist.

Colorado Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Colorado

Nail technicians work with people of all different styles and preferences, so you can focus your career on whichever techniques you choose. You may work with brides and bridal parties for weddings, get high schoolers ready for prom with nail art, and see clients every week for touchups and repairs. On average, Colorado manicurists earn $26,220 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). If you are interested in becoming self-employed, you may look into renting a chair at a local salon, opening a nail salon in your community, or traveling to different nail salons to fill in.

A nail technician is accountable for the appearance and grooming of finger and toe nails by way of manicures, pedicures, shaping, cuticle care, removing calluses, synthetic nail treatments and applying polish. Before becoming a nail tech in Colorado there is a short list of requirements.

  • Complete an approved program.
  • Pass the written examinations.
  • Apply for your license.
  • Keep your license up to date.

Contact the Colorado State Board of Nail Technology

Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
Nail Technology

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