Nail Technology and Waxing Specialty

♦♦ New Program! ♦♦

  • Program Highlights (One-Year Program)

    Under the cosmetology umbrella, this one-year licensing preparation course focuses solely on the theoretical and practical study of nails and temporary hair removal methods. Students will learn natural nail care, manicures, pedicures, as well as a variety of artificial nail enhancement techniques. Students will also learn proper hair removal procedures including tweezing and waxing of the face and body. Once students are safely and competently able to perform skills, they will be able to practice on patrons in a clinical setting. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to sit for the New York State Licensing Exams in Nail Specialty and Waxing Specialty. Students must complete 250 hours of theory and practice in Nail Specialty and 75 hours of theory and practice in the area of Waxing Specialty, as well as be 17 years of age at the time of testing to be eligible.


EMCC student filing a client's nail

Units of Study

    • Salon Safety and Health
    • Infection Control and Bacteriology
    • Proper Filing, Shaping, and Polishing
    • Manicures
    • Pedicures
    • Anatomy of the Arm, Hand, Leg, and Foot
    • Massage of the Arm, Hand, Leg, Foot
    • Client Consultation
    • Nail Art, Color, and Design
    • Nail and Skin Structure, Disease, and Disorders
    • Tip Application and Fabric Nail Wraps
    • Hard and Soft Gel Overlays and Sculpting
    • Acrylic (ML/PP) Overlays and Sculpting
    • Theoretical Overview of Permanent Hair Removal Methods
    • Manual Tweezing, Hard and Soft Waxing
    • Hair Structure, Function, and Growth
    • Business Practices, Job Skills, Retailing

Industry Based Exams/Certifications

    • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam—Nail Specialty
    • Preparation for the NYS Nail Technology Specialty and/or Waxing Specialty licensing exams



  • Career Connections

    • Nail Technician
    • Product Educator
    • Salon Owner
    • Salon Manager
    • Salon Receptionist
    • Nail Care Product Educator
    • Product Salesperson
    • Distributor Sales Representative
    • Waxing Specialist

    Post-secondary Programs

    • Business Management
    • Medical Nail Technician
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Certified Master Pedicurist

Items to Consider

  • Successful Students:

    • Complete 325 hours of theory and practice
    • Maintain excellent attendance
    • Exhibit creativity and artistic abilities
    • Have proficient fine-motor skills and attention to detail
    • Enjoy working closely with people in a salon environment
    • Are organized, motivated, and able to follow series of directions
    • Participate in student-to-student clinic as both client and technician
    • Communicate effectively with others
    • Enjoy science as it relates to the skin, hands, and feet
    • Purchase and wear a smock daily (approx. $25) and safe footwear