Course Description

The curriculum involves 400 hours to satisfy California State requirements. The course includes extensive instruction and practical experience in manicuring, pedicuring, acrylics, nail wraps, retailing, and business ethics. The curriculum also includes the following: sanitation, quality customer service, personal appearance, and hygiene, personal motivation and development, positive attitude, state laws and regulations, salon type administration, and job interviewing.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide a quality educational system to prepare each student to pass the State Board examination. That quality system includes providing an
    outstanding facility and experienced, qualified instructors.
  2. To train and graduate students who are prepared, confident, and excited to enter a successful career within the salon industry.

Measurable Performance Objectives

  1. Receive the required number of clock hours of training.
  2. Complete and receive passing grades on all practical graduation requirements and projects to include exams, both practical and theory.
  3. Satisfactorily pass final written and practical exams.
  4. Receive a graduation certificate or plaque.
  5. Pass state board exam.

Instructional Techniques and Method

The 400-hour education is provided through a sequential set of learning steps which address specific tasks necessary for State Board preparation, graduation, and job
entry skills. Clinic equipment, implements, and products are comparable to those used in the industry. Each student will receive instruction that relates to the performance of useful, creative, and productive career-oriented activities. The course is presented through well-developed lesson plans that reflect the latest educational methods. Subjects are presented by means of lecture, demonstration, and student participation. Audio-visual aids, guest speakers, and other related learning methods are used in the course.

Evaluation Procedures and Required Level of Achievement

The following tests and grading
procedures are incorporated during the student’s 1600-hour course:

  1. Students must receive 70% or higher on each weekly theory exam. Test scores are posted the Tuesday following the Friday that the test was given.
  2. 40 hour evaluation on practical skills and exam.
  3. 150 hour evaluation on practical skills and exam.
  4. 240 hour evaluation on practical skills and exam.
  5. 380 hour evaluation on practical skills and exam.


A = 90% to 100%

B= 80% to 89%

C=70% to 79%

F=69% or below = failing

California State Law Requirements

The California State Law requires that students have 400 clock hours of training and be graduated from a licensed esthetician school to qualify for an initial manicurist license. Following graduation, students are required to take a State Board Practical and Written Examination before receiving the manicurist license. The license is a protected license and must be renewed every two years.