Nail Technology Schools in Rhode Island

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ANLI Academy

42 Hemingway Drive
Riverside, RI 2915

Paul Mitchell The School Rhode Island – Accredited

30 Chapel View Boulevard Suite 100
Cranston, RI 2920
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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 Rhode Island

Rhode Island Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 300 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Rhode Island is $24,740 ($11.89/hour). This is lower 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%.

Known for its high-end salons and spas, Rhode Island is one of the best places in New England to start your career as a nail technician.

No matter which city you decide to get established in, you can build a strong reputation for yourself by delivering high-quality work and putting in the work needed to fill your schedule.

State License Requirements

300 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Education is the most time-consuming part of becoming a nail technician, so you can take a deep breath once your education is behind you. Then, send in your application documents to the Rhode Island Department of Health with your $100 licensing fee. You can take your licensing exams, and if you pass both of them, you are ready for your license.

Education Details

At a nail tech program, you can quickly develop the skills that today's salons look for in applicants. Rhode Island only requires 300 hours of education for licensure, which means that you may be starting your career in a number of weeks. You may want to contact local schools to find out more about their class schedules, starting dates, and program availability.

Courses at RI Nail Schools

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nail product chemistry
  • Client communication
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Cuticle detailing
  • Hand, arm, leg, and foot massage
  • Exfoliation
  • Nail cleansing, buffing, and shaping
  • Paraffin
  • Application, repair, and removal of artificial nails

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Rhode Island requires nail technicians to complete a training program that includes at least 300 hours of practical work. You will also have to pass a written and practical exam with a 70% or higher score to proceed towards initial licensure. Once you receive your license, you will need to renew it every year by the end of September. The fee to renew your manicurist license in Rhode Island is $50. Practitioners and instructors are not required to complete continuing education units between renewal periods to remain in good standing.

Rhode Island Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Rhode Island

When you become a nail technician, you never know what each day will bring. Maybe you will work with professionals and socialites who know what they want and what their style is. Maybe it's prom weekend and you get to try exciting new nail art techniques on high schoolers. Perhaps you put the final touch on a bride's big day by giving her and her bridesmaids beautiful nails. The opportunities are endless, making this a very exciting field to work in. Through the year 2026, demand for nail technicians may increase 8% in Rhode Island (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for a Rhode Island nail technician is $24,740 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Offering pedicures, acrylic nails, manicures, silk wraps, and gel nails in a day spa is a job option for nail technologists. Technologists may also perform similar work in nail salons. For the nail technologist who wants independence and enjoys business, opening a mobile grooming company is a job option as well. For trained nail technologists, the data says that the job outlook is auspicious.

Contact the Rhode Island State Board of Nail Technology

Department of Health
Nail Technology
Rhode Island

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