Nail Technology Schools in Minnesota

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1428 North McMillan Street
Worthington, MN 56187

(507) 372-2344
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

4444 West 76th Street Suite 200
Edina, MN 55435

(952) 681-2167
Esthetics, Laser Hair Removal, Nail Technology, Permanent Makeup, Teacher Training

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Atelier Academy – Accredited

1413 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 55343

Bloomington Career & College Academy – Accredited

8800 Queen Avenue South Suite 219
Bloomington, MN 55431

Century College – Accredited

3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Lavish Beauty School – Accredited

10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Minnesota School of Beauty – Accredited

20186 Heritage Drive
Lakeville, MN 55044

Minnesota State College Southeast - Red Wing

308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN 55066

Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona – Accredited

1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Accredited

405 Colfax Avenue Southwest
Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Jackson – Accredited

401 West Street
Jackson, MN 56143

Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Pipestone – Accredited

1314 North Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164

Model College of Hair Design – Accredited

201 8th Avenue South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Nova Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1750 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Nova Academy of Cosmetology - Mankato – Accredited

500 Raintree Road Suite 10
Mankato, MN 56001

Nova Academy of Cosmetology - Rochester – Accredited

5979 Bandel Road
Rochester, MN 55901

PCI Academy - Plymouth – Accredited

4315 Peony Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55446

Petra V Pro

690 University Avenue Suite 101
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Ridgewater College – Accredited

2101 15th Avenue Northwest
Willmar, MN 56201

Riverland Community College – Accredited

1900 8th Avenue Northwest
Austin, MN 55912

Saint Paul College - Saint Paul – Accredited

235 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102

The Atelier Academy of Beauty

1413 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

The Salon Professional Academy - Maplewood – Accredited

3000 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109
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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 Minnesota

Minnesota Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 3 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Minnesota is $28,750 ($13.82/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 10%.

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

350 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

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

3 Years

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

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.

Minnesota Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Minnesota

As more and more people focus on looking and feeling beautiful, the need for skilled nail technicians has increased. Between 2016 and 2026, you may see job openings for manicurists increase 8% (O*Net, 2020). In Minnesota, the average salary for a nail technician is $28,750 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

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.

Contact the Minnesota State Board of Nail Technology

Minnesota Board of Cosmetology
Nail Technology

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