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.

manicurist filing acrylic nails

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
Subjects Min. Hrs of Technical Min. Practical Operations
The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board's Rules and Regulations 10
Cosmetology Chemistry Pertaining to Manicuring Practices 10
Health and Safety / Hazardous Substances 20
Disinfection and Sanitation 10 10
Bacteriology, Anatomy, and Physiology 10
Water and Oil Manicures, including Hand and Arm Massage 20 40
Complete Pedicure, including Foot and Ankle Massage 10 20
Application of Artificial Nails
Acrylic: Liquid and Powder Brush-ons 15 80 Nails
Nail Tips 10 60 Nails
Nail Wraps and Repairs 5 40 Nails
State Board Examination Preparation 30
Manicuring Career and Salon Management 30

Subject Definition:

The Barbering and Cosmetology Act and the Board’s Rules and Regulations

Subject covers: Board examinations, licenses, disciplinary proceedings, Administrative fines and Citations, Health and Safety.

Cosmetology Chemistry

is the advanced level of cosmetology and it prepares students to perform work-related services using chemicals in the cosmetology industry. Content provides students the opportunity to acquire foundation skills in both theory and practical applications. Laboratory facilities and experiences will be used to simulate cosmetology work experiences.

Health and safety/Hazardous Substances

duties of cosmetologists to protect clients, who may be affected by the hazards of their work involving substances hazardous to health, including biological agents.

Disinfection and sanitation

Shall include 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 should be emphasized through-out the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment

Bacteriology, anatomy and physiology

Understanding infection control, bacteriology, and how the human body functions as an integrated whole.

The board recommends that schools provide training in the area of communication skills that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, decorum, record keeping, and client service record cards.

No credit of any type shall be given for time spent in laundering towels or in washing and scrubbing floors, walls, woodwork, toilets, or windows.

Water and Oil Manicures, including hand and arm massage

Learn to work with the tools required for nail services and know all safety, sanitation, and disinfection procedures. Learn the three-part procedure: pre-service, actual service, and post-service procedure. Hand and arm massages are optional during a basic manure, but it is to the advantage of the nail professional to always incorporate this special, relaxing segment of a manicure as it has proven to be the favorite part of the service.

Complete pedicure, including foot and ankle massage

Learn pedicures as cosmetic services performed on the feet by a licensed nail technician or cosmetologist and includes trimming, shaping the nails, exfoliating skin, and polishing toenails as well as a foot massage.

Application of Artificial Nails

Will learn the application of artificial nails, nail tips, nail wraps and repairs.

State Board Examination Preparation

Prepare students to pass theory and practical Board exam.

Career and Salon Management

Learning business knowledge to better manage your career and professional finances, as well as your business practices.