Program Description:

The manicuring course of study consists of 400 clocked hours covering all phases of manicuring and pedicuring mandated by the California State of Barbering and Cosmetology Bureau pursuant to section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act.

The course is designed to prepare the student to obtain the knowledge and skills needed for an entry level position in the nail care field and pass the California State Barbering and Cosmetology Bureau licensing examination. Passing the exam is a requisite in order to obtain a Manicurist License. The license is a requirement to operate as a manicurist/pedicurist in the state of California. 

Educational Goals:

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California manicuring establishment
  • Understand sterilization procedures
  • Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to manicuring including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and theory relative to practical procedures performed
  • Acquire knowledge of nail structure and growth, nail disorders and diseases, and skin structure, growth, and nutrition.
  • Disinfect equipment and clean work areas
  • Discuss nail treatments and services available


You may start your career as a nail technician in a salon. As you develop your knowledge and skills, you may want to move into other career areas in the nail industry, including teaching nail technology in cosmetology schools or demonstrating manufacturer’s nail products at trade shows, conventions, or stores. You can become a salon owner or even the personal nail technician for fashion models or actors on the state, in movies, or on TV. You can write, edit, or be a consultant for nail technology books and magazines.“Become a Nail Technician in 2.5 months”

Instructional Resources:

Textbooks, Notebook, Pens and pencils.


Milady’s standard Nail Technology, latest edition. Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Notes from class lectures, supplemental material handed out in classes, school library and class demonstrations.

Professional Kit

  • 100% cotton 16 x 27 salon towels
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Artificial Nail Tips Set
  • Baggie labeled “soiled implements”
  • Baggies labeled “blood spill”
  • Baggies labeled “pre-sanitized implements”
  • Band Aids
  • Base Coat
  • Blood spill kit
  • Bottle labeled Hand sanitizer
  • Bottle labeled nail polish remover
  • Buffing block
  • Cotton tipped applicators
  • Cuticle Nipper
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Emory Board
  • EPA Disinfectant
  • Est Wipes
  • Finger bowl
  • First aid tape
  • Gloves
  • Jar labeled odorless monomer
  • Jar labeled odorless primer
  • Labeled jar for cuticle remover
  • Labeled jar for lotion
  • Manicure Brush
  • Metal Cuticle Pusher
  • Metal Nail file
  • Nail Buffer Block
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail Files
  • Nail form strips
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail tips
  • Orangewood Stiks
  • Paper towels
  • Red Nail Polish
  • Scissors
  • Sculptured nail brush
  • Sculptured nail forms
  • Small spatulas
  • Spray bottle labeled EPA Disinfectant
  • Top Coat
  • Trash bags
  • Tube of nail glue
  • Tweezers

Course Content: 400 clock hours 

Prerequisite: None

Manicuring – Topics and Required Clock Hours for Theory and Practical

SubjectsMin. Hrs of TechnicalMin. Practical Operations
Laws and Regulations
The subject of Laws and Regulations shall include, but is not limited to, the following issues: The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board’s Rules and Regulations.
Health & Safety Considerations
The subject of Health and Safety shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Chemistry pertaining to the practices of a manicurist including the chemical composition and purpose of nail care preparations. Health and Safety/Hazardous Substances, including training in chemicals and health in establishments, material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, ergonomics, and communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B.
Disinfection and Sanitation
The subject of Disinfection and Sanitation shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician.
The ten required minimum operations shall entail performing all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Sections 979 and 980. Disinfection shall be emphasized throughout the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment, with special attention given to pedicure foot spa and basin disinfection procedures detailed in Sections 980.1, 980.2 and 980.3.
Anatomy and Physiology
The subjects of Anatomy and Physiology shall include, but is not limited to the following issues: Bacteriology, anatomy, physiology, and nail analysis and conditions.
Manicures and Pedicures
The subject of Manicures and Pedicures shall include, but is not limited to, the following techniques and procedures: Water and oil manicures including hand and arm massage, complete pedicure including foot and ankle massage, application of artificial nails including liquid, gel, and powder brush-ons, nail tips, nail wraps and repairs, and nail analysis.
Nails Practice180 Nails
Advanced Nails Topics4050