Nail Technology Schools in Colorado
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5707 North Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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- 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
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.
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
License renewal period
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.