Nail Technician Schools in Florida

If you want to become a nail technician—also called a nail specialist, manicurist and pedicurist, and nail tech—in Florida, now may be the perfect time to begin. The state is experiencing significant growth in the field, and with the number of tourists visiting each year, you could have ample opportunity to perform services for residents and visitors alike.

Browse our directory of nail technician schools in Florida, or skip ahead to learn about the state's nail technician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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2800 34th Street North
Largo, FL 33771

(727) 532-2125
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

3665 East Bay Drive Suite 164
St Petersburg, FL 33713

(727) 826-0969
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

985 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, FL 33801

Programs:
Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Barbering

4951-A Adamo Drive
Tampa, FL 33605

Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited

7820 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434

(561) 487-1191
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry, Electrology, Barbering
Boca Beauty Academy – Accredited

7271 North State Road 7
Parkland, FL 33073

(954) 866-1011
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry, Electrology, Barbering

51 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317

(813) 443-0745
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

1271 Semoran Boulevard
Casselberry, FL 32707

(407) 681-2410
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Electrology, Barbering

420 South State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

(954) 922-5505
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Electrology, Barbering

5000 Coconut Creek Parkway C
Margate, FL 33063

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

7587-7599 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

(561) 547-6333
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Electrology, Barbering

1901 North Federal Highway Unit 201
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Barbering
Sunstate Academy – Accredited

2525 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 538-3827
Programs:
Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Barbering

Academy of Beauty and Business – Accredited

3301 3rd Avenue North Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Academy of Career Training – Accredited

3501 West Vine Street Suite 111
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

4850 Stack Boulevard Units F01-07
Melbourne, FL 32901

Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

2088 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Advantage Beauty Institute

8951 Bonita Beach Road Southeast
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Affinity Hair Academy – Accredited

851 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809

Affordable Training

7867 Lakeland Street
Jacksonville, FL 32221

American Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1330 Blanding Boulevard Suite 125
Orange Park, FL 32065

American Beauty Schools – Accredited

8100 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144

ASM Beauty World Academy

6672 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33020

Aveda Institute – Accredited

2020 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Barber & Beauty Institute

12313 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

Beauty Academy of South Florida – Accredited

9800 Northwest 77 Avenue
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016

Beauty and Massage Institute – Accredited

719 17th Street Vero
Vero Beach, FL 32960

Beauty Schools of America

1060 West 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012

Bellasa Professional Institute – Accredited

744 Northeast 125th Street
Miami, FL 33161

Bene's Career Academy – Accredited

698 South Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Bene's Career Academy – Accredited

7027 US-19
Port Richey, FL 34652

Beyond Institute & Career Center

2921 Vineland Road
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Celebrity School of Beauty – Accredited

5090 West 12th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Celebrity School of Beauty – Accredited

8478 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144

Electrolysis, Laser & Beauty Institute

1713 Foxbower Road
Orlando, FL 32825

Embelezze Beauty School

2239 Southwest 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Fashion Focus Hair Academy

2184 Gulf Gate Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231

First Coast Technical College – Accredited

2980 Collins Avenue
Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Flagler Technical Institute – Accredited

5400 East Highway 100
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Florida Academy of Beauty

1421 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Florida Academy – Accredited

4387 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Florida Dermal Institute Beauty School

2290 North Ronald Reagan Boulevard #108
Longwood, FL 32725

Florida Gateway College

Highway 90 East
Lake City, FL 32025

Focus 4 Beauty Career Institute

631 East Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

Fred D. Learey Technical College

5410 North 20th Street
Tampa, FL 33610

Ga La Car Beauty Salon

2640 Cesery Boulevard Suite 11
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Gadsden Technical Institute – Accredited

201 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Quincy, FL 32351

Glensford Beauty Academy

8412 Sabal Industrial Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33619

Health and Beauty Institute of America

460 State Road 436 Suite 200
Casselberry, FL 32707

Hollywood Beauty Academy

11348 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

International Academy – Accredited

2550 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona, FL 32119

International Institute of Education

1507 State Road 7 Suite B
Margate, FL 33063

Jacksonville Health and Beauty School

5161 Beach Boulevard Suite 1&2
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Kaizen Beauty Academy – Accredited

8405 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

KCK Beauty and Barber Academy – Accredited

10592 Balmoral Circle East #1
Jacksonville, FL 32218

La Belle Beauty Academy – Accredited

2960 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135

Lake Technical College – Accredited

2001 Kurt Street
Eustis, FL 32726

Latin Beauty Academy – Accredited

6348 Forest Hill Boulevard
Greenacres, FL 33415

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College – Accredited

750 Northwest 20 Street
Miami, FL 33127

Loraines Academy & Spa – Accredited

1012 58th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33710

M-DCPS The English Center

3501 Southwest 28 Street
Miami, FL 33133

Manatee Technical College – Accredited

6305 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34203

Nailcare Academy

11300 Lindbergh Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33913

North Florida Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

2424 Allen Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Nouvelle Institute – Accredited

500 West 49 Street Second Floor
Hialeah, FL 33012

Orange Technical College – Accredited

955 East Story Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Parisian Spa Institute – Accredited

1045 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Pensacola State College

1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

Perfect 10 Nail School

6501 Arlington Expressway Service Road B105 Suite 241
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Pinellas Technical College

901 34th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Prestige Health & Beauty Sciences Academy – Accredited

3845 North East 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Pro Nails & Beauty School

11631 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817

Ridge Technical College – Accredited

7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

552 East Woolbright Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Ruben's Five Star Academy – Accredited

104 FL-60 W
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Salon Centric

5143 U.S. Highway 98 North
Lakeland, FL 33810

Salon Gurus

11300 Lindbergh Boulevard Suites 103-292
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Shear Excellence Hair Academy – Accredited

3649 West Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614

Shear Excellence Hair Academy – Accredited

3244 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33594

South Dade Technical College – Accredited

28300 Southwest 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033

Sunstate Academy – Accredited

2040 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907

The Beauty Institute – Accredited

2215 North Military Trail #1
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Total Beauty Institute – Accredited

5308 North Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Total Nails and Hair Academy

2716 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Tyler's Beauty & Spa Academy – Accredited

6815 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

UR Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

6011 US Highway 27 North
Sebring, FL 33870

USA International Health and Beauty Academy

12218 University Mall Court
Tampa, FL 33612

V.I.P Beauty School

2515 North State Road 7 Suite 215
Margate, FL 33063

World Class Academy of Beauty Careers – Accredited

516 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310

World of Beauty Academy

6111 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808

The Beauty Institute

2215 North Military Trail
WestPalm Beach, FL 33409

Find a Nail Technician School Near You

How to Become a Nail Technician in Florida

Florida Nail Technician Careers At A Glance
  • 240 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 10 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Florida is $24,010 ($11.54/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 16% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

To become a nail technician in Florida, you must meet certain standards:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma.
  2. Possess a Social Security number.
  3. Have completed 240 school hours in a Florida nail program, leading to licensure.
  4. Have a completed four hour HIV/AIDS course certificate from your school, acquired within the two years before submitting your license application.
  5. Complete the relevant Certification of Eligibility forms.
  6. Pay the required fees.

If you already hold a nail technician license in another state, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, you may be eligible for endorsement in Florida. There is also a separate application process for military personnel, veterans, and military spouses. Florida doesn't allow apprenticeships for nail technician licensure.

What to Expect From a Nail Technician Program in Florida

240 Hours

Time to complete a nail technician program in Florida

Training is an integral part of launching a career as a nail specialist, and it's important to choose the right program for you. When picking a school, ensure the program offered is approved and accredited by the Florida Board of Cosmetology, part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Your training must consist of a minimum of 240 credit hours of both theoretical and practical instruction and will cover such topics as:

  • Ethics
  • Florida laws and rules
  • Manicuring techniques
  • Nail fill-ins and repairs
  • Nail theory and practice
  • Nail wraps
  • Pedicuring techniques
  • Polishing and nail art
  • Removal of artificial nails
  • Sanitation
  • Sculpting
  • Tips with overlay

Florida Nail Technician Licensing Requirements

Unlike some other states, you don't need to take an exam to gain licensure to become a nail specialist in Florida. Instead, you'll need to complete 240 hours of study, pass a state-recognized four hour HIV/AIDS course, pay any relevant fees, and apply for licensure with the Florida Board of Cosmetology. The initial licensure application costs $75.

Military veterans, their spouses, and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, or fee discount.

Florida Nail Technician Licensure Reciprocity

The Florida Board of Cosmetology doesn't currently have any reciprocal licensing agreements with other states. However, students from other states who hold a current active license to practice cosmetology (including nail technician qualifications) may still qualify for licensure in Florida via endorsement. To do this, your state's education and requirements must meet or exceed those required in Florida, and your license must be currently active in the other state. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age or have received a high school diploma
  • Possess a Social Security number
  • Be currently licensed to practice cosmetology in another state
  • Complete a four-hour board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS course
  • Pay a $59 fee

Nail Technician License Renewal in Florida

2 Years

License renewal period

10 Hours

Continuing education required

All nail technician licenses in Florida must be renewed every two years. The deadline for renewing your license is October 31st, and you'll be placed into one of two groups: those who renew their license in even years and those who renew in odd years. To renew your license, you must complete ten hours of continuing education and pay a $45 fee. However, for 2019 and 2020 renewals, the Board of Cosmetology has issued a "renewal holiday" and waived all fees—keep an eye on the board's website for updates.

If you don't renew your nail specialist license in time, it becomes inactive until you do so, and you may not work as a nail technician during that time. After two consecutive missed licensure cycles, a license becomes null and void. Once considered null and void, your license will not be reinstated unless you can prove to the department that the failure to renew was due to illness or economic hardship. If you can do that, you may renew your license once you meet the following conditions:

  • Complete a four-hour board-approved Initial HIV/AIDS course
  • Pay a $75 fee
  • Give an explanation of the illness or economic hardship that delayed renewal

Nail Technician Salary in Florida and Projected Job Growth

$24,010

Average yearly salary for nail technicians in Florida

The median salary for nail specialists in Florida is $24,010 ($11.54/hour) as of 2019. New career opportunities are very likely in the future, with nail technician jobs in the state expected to grow by 16% between 2016-2026, which is higher than the expected growth of 10% nationwide.

Contact the Florida State Board of Nail Technology

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Resources for Nail Technician in Florida

Florida Board of Cosmetology
The Board of Cosmetology is responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology in the state of Florida and meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, review disciplinary cases, and conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline.

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