Nail Technician Schools in Colorado

Colorado is the home of a large number of accredited cosmetology and nail technology schools. Colorado requires that cosmetology schools, including nail technology programs, have proper licensure and approval.

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This also applies to the instructors at the school. Students from non-accredited schools cannot apply for licensure and thus cannot work as a cosmetologist of any sort. However, Colorado is not in short supply when it comes to approved schools. In addition to tuition, students can expect to pay a one-time fee to cover the cost of their equipment. In some cases, financial aid or scholarship opportunities may be available to qualified individuals. This fee will be different from one school to another, but it covers all of your supplies (often including textbooks).

Many nail technician programs are full-time (that is, 35-45 hours a week), but there are also part-time (15-25 hours) programs, some of which are in the evening for students with other daytime obligations. It is also possible to find early morning programs for students with night shift jobs or other night obligations.

Courses will also vary from one school to another, but most cover the following topics:

– Nail care
– Nail chemistry
– Communication/guest services
– Business management
– Manicures
– Pedicures
– Nail sculpting
– Sanitation
– State exam preparation
– Hands-on training

Nail Technician Licensing Requirements in Colorado

Colorado requires that all nail technicians obtain proper licensure before working in the field. Since nail technology work often involves chemicals, human waste (that is, nail clippings or dead skin), and reusable equipment, safety and sanitation are a big concern. In order to be approved, nail technicians must achieve the following:

1. Completed a minimum of 20 credit hours (600 clock hours) at an accredited school
2. Passed the state board exam

The state board exam incorporates both written and practical components to assess knowledge and skill. This test can be retaken as needed. There are also accommodations available for individuals with disabilities.

Employment Outlook for Nail Technicians in Colorado

Nail technicians of Colorado make, on average, thirteen dollars an hour or a yearly income of about $27,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Current employment rates, as a whole, are above the statewide average. It is also projected that this industry will grow at a somewhat above average rate through 2020.

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Nail Schools in Colorado


Trinidad State Junior College  Alamosa, CO
Pickens Tech Cosmetology School – Aurora, CO
Majestic Beauty College – Aurora, CO
Academy of Nails – Colorado Springs, CO
United Beauty College  Denver, CO
Yesenia’s Beauty Salon & School – Denver, CO
National Beauty and Massage Therapy – Denver, CO
Cuttin’ Up Beauty Academy – Denver, CO
Crazy Horse International Salon and Training Center  Durango, CO
Roni’s Academy of Hair Design  Englewood ,CO
Cheeks International Academy – Fort Collins, CO
Hair Dynamics Education Center – Fort Collins, CO
Glenwood Beauty Academy – Glenwood Springs, CO
MJM Institute of Cosmetology – Grand Junction, CO
Cheeks International Academy – Greeley, CO
Designing Beauty Academy – Greeley, CO
Littleton Academy of Hair Design – Littleton, CO
Center Beauty College For Nail  Pueblo, CO
Northeastern Junior College – Sterling, CO