Nail Technology Schools in Illinois

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700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 207-8599
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(815) 572-4797
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

3602 Marquette Road Suite 2
Peru, IL 61354

(815) 441-9904
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training, Continuing Education

6943 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

(815) 564-7233
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training, Continuing Education

211 East 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081

(815) 441-5856
Programs:
Continuing Education, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1200 Harger Road Suite 100
Oak Brook, IL 60523

(630) 517-0754
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, Hair Design, Teacher Training

5460 U.S. Highway 34
Oswego, IL 60543

(630) 554-2266
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

10321 South Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465

(708) 430-1755
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

(815) 756-3596
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

4335 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

(708) 687-7800
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

15301 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

(708) 687-7800
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1870 Busse Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Programs:
Continuing Education, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

307 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714

(773) 508- 5600
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

(708) 233-9933
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

(630) 790-1500
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 247-8100
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 467-1900
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

602 West Glen Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614

(888) 616-9051
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

5485 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

(888) 616-9051
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

(217) 753-8990
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology, Teacher Training
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A Touch of Serenity Spa & Career Institute

1702 Washington Street Suite 101
Waukegan, IL 60085

A+ Nail School

10231 Grand Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131

ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology – Accredited

9213 South Illinois Route 31
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

Advanced Educator

208 North Wood Street
Washington, IL 61571

America Nail College

1301 South Wolf Road 404
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Capelli Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

4518 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639

Capri Beauty College - Oak Forest – Accredited

15815-25 Rob Roy Drive
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Chicago Nail School

13004 Western Avenue 1
Blue Island, IL 60406

Creative Touch Cosmetology School – Accredited

234 East 3rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298

Debutante's School of Beauty – Accredited

145 North 3rd Street
Dekalb, IL 60115

Dudley Beauty College - Chicago – Accredited

8501 South Green Street 11
Chicago, IL 60620

E.L.M.A Nail Technology School

3034 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

Erskine Reeves Barber Academy – Accredited

552 North Mannheim Road Suite A
Hillside, IL 60162

G Skin & Beauty Institute - Chicago – Accredited

17 North State Street Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602

G Skin & Beauty Institute - Schaumburg – Accredited

90 West Hillcrest Boulevard Suite 302
Schaumburg, IL 60195

Gem City College – Accredited

700 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Glitter Nail Academy

240 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

I.M. Beauty School – Accredited

615 Milwaukee Avenue 28
Glenview, IL 60025

Im Beauty School - Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Esthetics

630 Milwaukee Avenue Suite 200
Glenview, IL 60025

International Skin Beauty Academy – Accredited

5025 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801

Marco Polo Schools

4011 West School Street
Chicago, IL 60641

Ms. Roberts Beauty Academy – Accredited

552 Mannheim Road Suite A
Hillside, IL 60162

Pivot Point Academy – Accredited

144 East Lake Street Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Royal School of Cosmetology – Accredited

401 West National Avenue Suite C
Effingham, IL 62401

Roza Nail Technology School

10024 Skokie Boulevard 301B
Skokie, IL 60077

Sandra Rossi Education Center – Accredited

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992

Steven Papageorge Hair Academy – Accredited

3401 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology – Accredited

115 Stephen Street
Lemont, IL 60439

The Nail Program at CTC

3408 West North Avenue
Stone Park, IL 60165

Trenz Beauty Academy - Calumet City – Accredited

695 Wentworth Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Trenz Beauty Academy - Chicago – Accredited

2605 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652

Your School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653
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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 Illinois

Illinois Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 14 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Illinois is $22,630 ($10.88/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 4% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 10%.

Illinois is one of the most fashion-forward states in the Midwest, thanks to major cities like Chicago and Springfield.

As a nail technician in this state, you can work in busy metropolitan areas or upscale suburbs to give clients beautiful nails and build your skills.

State License Requirements

350 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

The next step in getting a nail technician license in Illinois is taking your licensing exams. This includes a written test and a hands-on practical exam. When you apply for your exams, you must also pay a $210 fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. After you pass your exams and they approve your application, you may get your IL nail tech license and start your career.

Education Details

How do you get your foot in the door in this field? Of course, it all comes down to training. At a licensed nail tech program in Illinois, you can learn from nail technicians with years or decades of experience. As you learn new techniques, you practice them on mannequin hands to strengthen your skills. You also get to work with real clients, which helps you learn how to communicate with customers and make your work more efficient. In Illinois, applicants need at least 350 hours of training to qualify for licensure. Required course topics are listed below.

Courses Taught at Illinois Nail Tech Schools

  • Nail care history
  • Ethics
  • Bacteriology and sanitation
  • Body systems
  • Massage theory
  • Client communication
  • Sculpting procedures
  • Light-cured gels
  • Machines and apparatus
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Massaging the hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • Product knowledge
  • Salon management

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

14 Hours

Continuing education required

Like most states, Illinois requires nail technician training and licensure to work legally in this state. If you have a goal to work in nails, then you will need to complete a minimum 350-hour training program, and then go through the initial license application process. Once you receive your nail technician license in Illinois, you will need to renew before September 30th in even-numbered years. The fee for renewal is $25. Illinois also requires 14 continuing education units between each renewal period. Be sure to ask each beauty school in your area how they help students prepare for this process.

Illinois Nail Technology Careers

$22,630

Average yearly salary for nail technology in Illinois

When it's time to start your nail technology career, you can figure out if you fit in at a high-end hair salon, a luxurious resort spa, or a small nail salon. No matter where you work, you can look forward to spending your days applying artificial nails, beautifying natural nails, and softening skin with manicures and pedicures. In Illinois, demand for nail professionals is growing. Between 2016 and 2026, job openings may increase 4% throughout the state (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for an Illinois manicurist is $22,630 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Nail art and professional nail care services have become increasingly popular within the past decade, which has increased the demand for nail technologists. Nail technologist jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 10% through the year 2024, which is slightly faster than the average growth rate for all other professions. Consumer interest in quicker and mobile nail care services is driving the bulk of the demand, but the need to replace retiring and transitioning nail technologists will also open up new job opportunities for manicurists.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Nail Technology

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