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Nail Technology


What is a Nail Technician?

Nail technicians provide nail services to customers at salons, spas and barber shops, while some technicians operate their own business. Nail techs clean, file, trim, polish and repair fingernails and toenails. They discuss treatments with clients, such as applying artificial nails or moisturizing hands and feet, and sell additional services and products.

Manicures and pedicures are one of the few luxuries some women and men can’t live without. It’s no wonder, then, that the U.S. market for nail services saw revenues of about $8.4 billion in 2018, according to statistics company Statista.

At nail salons, cleanliness is very important. Nail techs, also referred to as manicurists and pedicurists, clean and disinfect their tools and work area after every appointment. “You should be health conscious, keep your station clean and your instruments sanitized, dress appropriately, be polite and willing to learn, learn, learn,” advises Tina Panariello, a nail technician for more than 30 years, former educator for nail lacquer manufacturer OPI and author of “Polished: Filing Away at Life’s Truths.”

To encourage repeat customer visits, manicurists and pedicurists must also have excellent customer service skills and listen to the client’s needs – including personal problems and juicy gossip – so being a “people person” is a must.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10.1 percent employment growth for nail technicians between 2018 and 2028. In that period, an estimated 15,700 jobs should open up.


Physical Demands

It is important that prospective students be aware of the physical demands that will be put on them in our profession.

Long hours on your feet, back strain performing such skills as shampooing, pedicures and helping elderly people from their chairs. Nail Technicians will require extensive arm, wrist and hand movement as well as respiratory problems may arise from inhaling chemical fumes from perms and hair color and Nail chemical. Skin rashes can occur from contact with chemicals used in our industry. Dry and chapped/cracked hands can result from shampooing clients over a period of time

Nail Instructors may experience some of the same demands, as well as long hours grading papers, test and lesson plans.

In addition, we maybe required to have an extreme amount of patience and tolerance with customers/students.


Safety requirements

Cosmetologists work with many chemicals and should work in a well-ventilated area. Some services may necessitate the wearing of a mask and or protective gloves. Cosmetologist, Nail Technician and Instructors may come in contact with harsh chemicals and exposure to body fluids is likely.

It is recommended that you now train in the industry if you have any physical or mental issues that would not allow you to perform all of the necessary skills required to be successful.









Employers Expectations

To be successful in our industry employers are looking for employees with a strong work ethic, good people skills, punctuality, takes constructive criticism and is a team player.

Licensing Requirements for the State of Illinois

350 hours of instruction in Nail Technology are required to qualify for examination for an Illinois Beauty Culture License. Length of time required to complete depends on course schedule selected.

350 hours of instruction in Nail Technology are required to qualify for examination for an Illinois Beauty Culture License. Length of time required to complete depends on course schedule selected.


Fair Practice Code -This institution in its admission, instruction and graduation policies, practices no discrimination on basis of sex, color, ethnic origin, race, creed, age, religion, financial status or country or area of origin or residence. Ms. Roberts Academy does not recruit students already attending or admitted to another school offering a similar program of study.


  • Schedule Enrollment Appointment
  • Submit copy of high school diploma from approved high School or G.E.D
  • submit copy of stated issued Drivers License or State ID
  • Complete an admissions enrollment application
  • Submit $100.00 enrollment fee unless other wise agreed
  • Put a minimum down payment on your kit of $300.00


  1. Sign a completed enrollment contract provided by the admissions representative.
  2. Discuss financing options with an enrollment advisor

Financing must be pre-arranged.

Transfer Students

Credit for Previous Education and Training for Students receiving GI Bill Benefits

Credit for previous education and training experience must be evaluated and may be granted. Such a grant of credit is at the discretion of Name of School. This credit will shorten the length and cost of the program proportionately. The school is required to maintain a written record of previous education and training experiences which indicates that credit has been given, where appropriate, by the school for noted experiences and provide evidence of the evaluation. Students need to present appropriate documentation to Ms Roberts Beauty Academy prior to the start of class to receive credit for prior education and training.


Nail Technology

  1. a) Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 350 clock hours of instruction as follows:

1) Basic Training – 50 hours of classroom instruction in general theory practical application (i.e., practicing nail technology on the public) and technical application (e.g., practicing the technical application on mannequin fingers or on the fingers of another student) shall be provided in the following subject areas:

  1. A) History of nail care;

  1. B) Personal hygiene and public health;

  1. C) Professional ethics;

  1. D) Sterilization and disinfection;

  1. E) Bacteriology;

  1. F) Disorders of the nails;

  1. G) OSHA standards relating to material safety data sheets (MSDS) on chemicals;

  1. H) Chemicals and their use; and

  1. I) Technical applications of chemicals.

2) Related concepts – 15 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas:

  1. A) Cells, metabolism and body systems;

  1. B) Theory of massage; and

  1. C) People skills.

3) Practices and Procedures – 255 hours of instruction, which shall be a instruction and clinical combination of classroom practical application, shall be provided in the following subject areas:

  1. A) Fabric procedures;

  1. B) Sculpting procedures;

  1. C) Light cured gels;

  1. D) Machines or apparatus used in nail technology;

  1. E) Manicures;

  1. F) Pedicures;

  1. G) Hand, arm and foot massage;

  1. H) Other procedures as they relate to nail technology; and

  1. I) Product knowledge as it relates to nail technology.

4) Business Practices – 30 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas:

  1. A) The Act and this Part;

  1. B) Management;

  1. C) OSHA standards relating to chemical use; and

  1. D) Workers’ Compensation Act.

5) Ms. Roberts Academy does not participate in the Internship Program as an optional part of the curriculum.

at any point.

  1. b) A nail technology student is not permitted to practice on the public until he/she has successfully completed the 50 hours of general theory and practical application).


It is the philosophy of Ms. Roberts’ Academy to require a higher standard during instruction, to achieve a higher degree of success on the state exams.

If a student fails one test and retakes it with a passing grade, the overall average will be adjusted.

If the student fails a test, the student may only take one retake per test after 7 days. The highest score will be used to determine the exam grade. Additional assignment maybe required to retake test. This will be at your instructor discretion.


Students are evaluated in the following areas:

  1. Quality of work
  2. Quantity of work
  3. Co-operation and dependability
  4. Work manner and personal appearance
  5. Related theory

Theory will be graded according to the following scale:

100-95 = A = Excellent

94-90 = B = Good

89-80 = C = Satisfactory

79-75 = D = Unsatisfactory

74-below = F = Failing

Related theory: A minimum standard of 80% accuracy is required in each subject. Students may take any test twice to improve a grade point average


The Final Exam – If a student fails this exam, the student must schedule a retake within 7 days. The student is allowed to take this test up to 3 times without additional charge. Each additional retake after the 3rd time or 1 week after the contract end date will require the student paid an additional fee of $50.00 per test. This fee is to be paid prior to the exam being administered.


State Exam – Must be passed with a minimum of 75%. If a student fails the exam 3 times the beauty school will provide tutoring class to assist in the retake of your exam. These classes must be set up with the director.

Incomplete or absences are entered as a 0 in the grade book. Students are required to make up theory assignments, examination or practical assignment if missed/or failed. These assignments can be made up during school. Test cannot be taken less 3 days apart. All work should be made up as soon as possible and is the responsibility of the student


  1. Exams/quizzes and projects are given throughout the course. These along with other homework assignments will be taken into consideration when forming a theory grade. A minimum of 80% is required for passing. It is a prerequisite that all work must be completed for a student to graduate.

  1. Unit exams are given to prepare for your final (optional)


  1. Final Exam- Prior to the end of the Nail Technology course a final exam in theory will be given. All test and projects must be complete, and tuition paid prior to the administration of the final. It is a 400 question multiple choice tests. It is also a prerequisite before a student is allowed to take the State Board Examination. All students must pass this exam with an 80% or better.

  1. State Board Examination – Each student is registered to take the state board exam upon completion of the 1500 hour program. Fees for this examination are listed on the first page of your contract. The State Board examination is a 100 multiple choice question test. The must be passed with and 75% or better to qualify for licensure in the State of Illinois


Practical and laboratory work will be graded as follow

5 = A = Excellent

4 = B = Good

3 = C = Satisfactory

2 = D = Unsatisfactory

1 = F = Failing


A reasonable amount of practical work will be required monthly. The beauty school will provided written expectations of the levels that students are to achieve by the end of the month. If this work is not complete the students will be given an incomplete.


In addition when students are on the clinic floor a record is to be kept on all work accomplished by the student. The work is to be graded by an instructor and these grades, along with classroom work, are to be used when grades are calculated. If the student is not current with their practical work he/she will receive an incomplete for the grading period.


Mock/Final Practical Exams will be given on practical work completed in that period. Students will not be allow to take Final Exam until all tuition payments are made. If a student fails this exam the student must reschedule. If the student fails the test a 2nd time the highest grade will be used. All students will have the opportunity to review their final exam. If a student is required to retake the Mock State Board Exam more than 3 times, a fee of $50.00 will be charged each additional retake.



A diploma/transcript is issued to each student who has met the following requirements:

  1. 350 hours Nail Technology,
  2. Maintained not less than 80% average on all required written examinations.
  3. Completed all practical goals (including sanitation).
  4. Taken and pass all written and practical finals with and 80% or better
  1. Retired all financial obligations to the school unless otherwise agreed in writing







All students are required to complete the program on time, however when that is not possible addition fee will be incurred in accordance to your contract agreement.

Students that do not complete the hours as stated in your contract do not have a grace period. Any hours not completed at the end of the contract will be charge at a rate of $10.00 per hour to complete and must be paid in advance at the last day of the contract unless previously arranged in writing.

Students have a grace period of 1 month after the contract end date to complete all Practical and Written requirement. An additional fee of $10.00 per hour will be charged for all Practical and Written requirements. An additional fee of $10.00 per hour will be charged for all Practical and Written requirement taken after the 1 month period. There will also be a 50.00 fee to take the Final Practical Exam after the 1 month grace period.

Ms. Roberts’ Academy will process the paper work to register each student for the state board once they have completed the above requirements for an additional fee of $50.00

In addition, to take their state board exam they will need a copy of current driver’s licenses. The cost of the state exam is the student responsibility. Current cost $180.00 (change without notice)

Ms. Roberts does aid students in seeking employment. Students desiring assistance with job placement need to notify the school office that such assistance is needed. The school cannot, and does not guarantee job placement but will make every effort to assist each student in locating a position in the career they have chosen.


Ms. Roberts’s Academy offers large, well equipped classrooms, locker facilities, student lounge and large spacious clinic area for practical experience.

Ms. Roberts’ Hillside is a well-equipped location with 2 clinic floors, 3 spacious classroom areas. We have recently updated our facility is conveniently located near public transportation Pace 310 Pace 313 & 317 with I290 & I294 express exits.



Registration Fee………………………………………………….$ 100.00

Tuition, Books , Uniform……………………………….…….$ 800.00

Total Program cost……………………….…………………….$ 2500.00

Scholarships/and payment plans are available to those who qualify


Contact Ms Roberts Beauty Academy and change your future today!

Don’t stay in a job that you do not love because of financial difficulties or uncertainties - Ms Roberts Beauty Academy has a high pass rate and offers financial assistance to those who qualify. We want you to reach your full potential and help individuals reach their full potential, as well.

If you have any questions, please contact us at our Hillside campus at (708) 649-9088.

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