Have you ever considered a career as a licensed nail tech? If so, you’ll need to follow a few steps and meet the requirements set by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) before building the beauty career you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s a quick overview of the process:
Getting Started: Basic requirements to become a Nail Tech
To become a licensed nail tech in Texas you must be at least 17 years old and have obtained a high school diploma or GED.
Enroll in a Cosmetology or Nail Technician Program:
Ogle School offers an accredited cosmetology program for those looking to pursue a career as a nail tech. These programs are offered at all Ogle School campuses including Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. You can also research other state-approved cosmetology or nail technician schools in Dallas. The TDLR is a great resource to find a list of approved schools in your area. In Texas, you will need to complete 600 hours of training in a licensed nail technician program to acquire your license. Once your nail tech education is complete, you will need to prepare for the written and practical exams.
Pass the Written and Practical Exams:
Once you complete cosmetology training, you’ll need to pass the written and practical exams. The exams are administered by a third-party testing agency, PSI Services. Your school can assist you in scheduling your licensing exam once all required hours are complete. If you’re anxious to get your career as a nail tech started you can a learn more about registering for exams on PSI Services website.
Receive a Certificate of Completion & Apply for Licensure:
You are a step closer to becoming a nail tech now that you’ve passed your exams. The next step is to apply for your nail technician license through the TDLR. You can do this online by visiting the TDLR website or submitting a paper application by mail. You will also need to pay the required application and licensing fees.
Maintain Your License:
Now that you are a licensed nail tech, you’ll want to maintain your license as you build a rewarding career. Your can renew your license through the TDLR site every two years. You will also need to take at least 8 hours of continuing education courses during each two year renewal period. To learn more about becoming a licensed nail tech reach out to our admissions department to see if Ogle School’s cosmetology program is right for you.