Nail Technology
District of Columbia

Don’t think a career in nails can result in fame? Then maybe you should take a few moments and check out the world famous D.C. based nail artist Vivian Cam, whose Instagram posts for her nail art have earned her raves from industry watchers around the world. She is just one example of the kinds of opportunities you can create for yourself by completing a nail technician program. Plus, careers in the beauty industry tend to have more flexible schedules and less training required, compared to 9-5 office jobs that require 4-year degrees

Ready to flourish as a nail tech artist in Washington, DC? Once you start applying your beautiful work to a client’s nails, share your pictures with us on social media! We love it when we help inspire success in beauty school students. It’s our job, after all. To take the next step, you just have to review nail tech training, licensing info, and career outlook below. From there, just use the search box or school listings at the bottom of this page to connect with schools who want to hear from you.

State License Requirements

In Washington DC, there are many beauty schools that can get you started on the path to becoming a nail technician. By the time you apply for licensure, you must have at least 350 training hours behind you. You must then pay $230 in licensing and exam fees. After passing your written and practical skills exams, you can get your license and begin working.


Get more information on approved nail technician programs:

District of Columbia Board of Barber and Cosmetology

Education Details

If your goal is working as a DC nail tech, then you should start by comparing the course options at beauty schools in your area. Many programs offer a solid foundation of core classes, along with coursework that focuses on professional skills, such as salon management and ownership. That’s why we always recommend comparing all the nail tech programs in your area before making an enrollment decision.

DC nail tech courses include: •

  • Nail design •
  • Manicures •
  • Pedicures •
  • Nail extensions
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician, electrologist, and permanent makeup licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

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

Job options for trained nail technologists includes working in a nail salon, day spa, or hair salon. Work in these environments typically involves offering customers exfoliation, massage, manicures, and pedicures. For the business-minded, opening an independent salon is a job option as well. The data reflects a strong job outlook for properly trained nail technologists in DC.

Some of the most popular salons in DC are:

State board Contact Information

Washington, DC State Board of Barber Cosmetology
1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Board of Commission Phone Number: 202-442-4320
Fax Number: 202-698-4329
E-mail Address:

The Washington D.C. State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a District of Columbia cosmetology license.

2020-07-05 21:35:28