Nail Technology Schools in Maine

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Aveda Institute Maine – Accredited

43 Bridge Street
Augusta, ME 4330

Spa Tech Institute - Westbrook – Accredited

100 Larrabee Road
Westbrook, ME 4092
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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 Maine

Maine Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 200 education hours or 400 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Maine is $26,150 ($12.57/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 1% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 10%.

Maine is the perfect place to get started in the beauty industry and get involved in the cosmetology community of New England. With its bustling tourism industry and upscale communities, Maine is a place where beauty is a major priority.

As a nail technician, you can give clients gorgeous nail art, relaxing mani-pedis, artificial nail touchups, and long-lasting polish options.

State License Requirements

200 Education Hours OR 400 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

ME nail schools should help you feel confident about your licensing exams, which include a written exam and a hands-on practical exam. When you register to take your exams through the Maine Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, you have to pay an $86 fee. Passing your exams is the final step to getting a license.

Education Details

Maine nail schools are devoted to giving students high-quality, practical education. Maine has fairly relaxed licensing requirements, so you only need 200 hours of training to get a nail technician license. However, most of those 200 hours must be spent on practical skills. The topics listed below are required at licensed Maine schools.

Topics Covered at Maine Nail Tech Training

  • Bacteriology, sanitation, and sterilization
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Structure of the skin and nails
  • Nail disorders and diseases
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Liquid and powder polish
  • Science and theory of nail care
  • Application, repair, and removal of artificial nails
  • Salon management Maine law

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Maine requires you to renew your license every year in October. The cost to renew your license is $20. Only cosmetology instructors are required to take continuing education hours to renew their licenses, for a total of 14 CEU hours each year. Even if you have a different type of license, you should plan on completing continuing education hours as part of growing in your career. Many employers require employees of all specialties to complete a certain amount of continuing education hours each year.

Maine Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Maine

The beauty industry is growing steadily all over the country, so you may be able to use your cosmetology license to work in many different Maine businesses. As a manicurist, you may work in a dedicated nail salon, a full-service hair salon, a resort spa, or a day spa. Overall, the average salary for a Maine manicurist is $26,150 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). Between 2016 and 2026, job openings are expected to swell 1% (CareerOneStop, 2020). If you're interested in taking on business ownership, you could even open your own nail salon or become self-employed and make a name for yourself while building a base of customers.

Contact the Maine State Board of Nail Technology

Office of Professional and Financial Regulation
Nail Technology

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