Nail Technician Certificate

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Program Number: 97-502-1
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is not eligible for financial aid

After just 16 weeks, start a rewarding career as a nail artist with the Nail Technician Certificate at Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Begin a successful career in the growing nail service industry! A career as a nail technician, also called a nail artist or manicurist, is a perfect fit for those who enjoy working with people, have an artistic eye for detail and appreciate the importance of proper hand and foot care.

What You'll Learn

Nail Technician students are trained with all necessary skills to provide high quality nail services in today’s salon. Students learn the latest techniques in manicuring, pedicuring and nail enhancements. Laws and regulations related to the field, business management and ethics are also part of this program. Learning from industry artists, Nail Technician Certificate students develop skills in the classroom, then advance their skills by working with real clients in Techniques Salon & Spa on the Fond du Lac Campus: a full-service salon and spa.

Students are prepared to take the Wisconsin NIC Manicurist Licensing Exam and upon graduation begin working as a nail technician.

Classes are held four evenings per week in the fall.

Note: 502-361 Nail Technician 1 is a prerequisite to 502-362 Nail Technician 2. 502-362 Nail Technician 2 is a prerequisite to 502-363 Nail Technician 3. Students must be accepted into the certificate to be eligible to enroll in the courses. Fees must be paid prior to program start. Class size is limited to a maximum of 16. No students will be accepted after the second class session.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer Opportunities page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Additional Information

State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Nail Technician Certificate prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.  

Licensing Organization: Department of Safety and Professional Services

Note: Students must purchase a nail kit, smocks and books for this program, available through the Online Bookstore.