Nail Technology

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
Credit Hours
Clock Hours

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
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

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.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

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 $25,530 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). 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.

Working as a Nail Technician

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.

A 16% growth is expected by 2022.

State board Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7800
Fax Number: 303-894-0364
E-mail Address:

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology if you need help replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address or for any additional questions about obtaining a Colorado state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Colorado that interest you below,

International Salon and Spa Academy

5707 North Academy Boulevard,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Nail Technology

Westland Beauty Academy

2484 Kipling Street,
Lakewood, CO 80215

Program: Nail Technology

Avalon School of Cosmetology

2231 S Peoria St,
Aurora, CO 80014

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Aurora-Denver

16800 E. Mississippi Avenue,
Aurora-Denver, CO 80017

Program: Cosmetology

Toni&Guy Hairdressing - Colorado Springs

5125 N Academy Blvd.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute - Denver

700 - 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Littleton-South Lakewood

Bowles Avenue Marketplace Shopping Center,8996 W. Bowles Avenue
Littleton-South Lakewood, CO 80123

Program: Cosmetology

New Dimensions Beauty Academy

10158 S Parker Road ,Unit A
Parker, CO 80138

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Thornton-Denver

3811 East 120th Avenue,
Thornton-Denver, CO 80233

Program: Cosmetology

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