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Nails Specialty

About Our Program:

This program is designed to teach students the latest techniques in the nail industry and qualify students for employment while obtaining a Nails Specialist License from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This content includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Communication, entrepreneurship, and employability skills
  • Human relations and customer service
  • Safe and efficient work practices
  • Florida cosmetology law and rules
  • Acquisition of knowledge of the nails and the related chemistry, infection control, anatomy, and physiology
  • Development of skill in performing manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements, extensions, polishing, and nail art

Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with chemicals, implements, and equipment appropriate to the program’s content and in accordance with safety and sanitation practices in the trade.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest

Program Structure:

This program consists of 180 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of one Occupational Completion Point (OCP):

OCP AManicurists and Pedicurists180 Hours
Total Hours: 180

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • There is no TABE Test requirement for this course.
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist State License (Social Security or Tax Identification Number required)

Employment Opportunities:

  • Salon or Day Spa Nail Technician
  • Destination Spa or Cruise Ship Nail Technician
  • Manicurist and/or Pedicurist Technician
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Beauty Supply Salesperson
  • Nail Art and Design Technician


The average wage for this career in Florida is $13.78 hourly or $28,660 annually.

Employment Outlook:

Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 33% from 2020 to 2030.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Visit the financial aid office for more information.

Program Hours:

South Dade Technical College
28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033
(305) 247-7839
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Nails Specialty

This program is designed to be completed in:10 weeks
Program cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed. In-state: $949.40
240 hours x $2.56= $614.40

Out-of-state: $2,795.00
240 hours x $10.25= $2,460.00
Fees $35.00 x 1 term= $35.00
Books and supplies= $300.00
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Florida
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