Nail Technology

Natural nails, long artificial nails, simple nude polish, and colorful nail art: these are just some of the services you may provide to Minnesota customers when you become a nail technician

Everyone has their own taste in nail care, and the skills you develop in your training program can help you adjust to every client’s expectations and preferences.

State License Requirements

Completing your licensing exams is the next step in becoming a manicurist. You must submit your application and a $285 payment to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. They ensure that you have the necessary education and allow you to schedule your exams. Once you pass these exams, you become a licensed nail technician.

Education Details

At local nail technician programs, you get a fast-paced, in-depth introduction to important nail care techniques, tools, standards, and procedures. After you hit the books and learn the theory, you can put it to work by working with mannequins and clients. By the time you finish your training, you should have at least 350 hours of training behind you. Plan on spending lots of time on the topics listed below.

Minnesota Nail Tech Training Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Dermatology
  • Safety procedures
  • Cleaning and conditioning nails
  • Shaping and reinforcing nails
  • Coloring and enhancing nails
  • Artificial nail care
  • Clinical instruction and experience
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
3 Years*
License Renewal Period

If you want to work as a nail technician in the state of Minnesota, then you will need to complete 350 hours of training at a licensed school. Once you obtain your initial license, you will need to be mindful of the renewal process. Nail technicians in Minnesota must renew their license every three years, and pay a $75 fee with their application. The Minnesota Board of Examiners also requires 4 continuing education units between each renewal period. When you speak with cosmetology schools that offer nail tech programs near you, ask how they help students prepare for this process.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

As more and more people focus on looking and feeling beautiful, the need for skilled nail technicians has increased. Between 2014 and 2024, you may see job openings for manicurists increase 6% (O*Net, 2016). In Minnesota, the average salary for a nail technician is $24,520 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as a Nail Technician

You can use your skills in tons of different settings. You could work in a luxury nature resort overlooking one of Minnesota’s thousands of lakes or pick up the pace in a Twin Cities nail salon. If you are feeling entrepreneurial, you could even open your own nail salon in your community. No matter what you hope for with your nail technology career, the path begins at a Minnesota nail school.

State board Contact Information

Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone Number: 651-201-2742
Fax Number: 612-617-2601
E-mail Address:

The Minnesota 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 Minnesota state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Minnesota that interest you below,

Empire Beauty School - Bloomington

9749 Lyndale Avenue,
Bloomington, MN 55420

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Brooklyn Park-Fridley

University IV Shopping Center, 8205 University Ave.,
Brooklyn Park-Fridley, MN 55432

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute Rochester

701 Apache Mall,
Rochester, MN 55902

Program: Cosmetology

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

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