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If you are interested in becoming a professional manicurist, our one-year certificate program will prepare you for a successful career.

You will receive training in all aspects of nail care, including the application and removal of artificial nails and nail tips, various manicure and pedicure treatments, hand and feet massage techniques. You will also learn to use the modern nail care machines used in today’s salons.

In addition, safety and sanitation measures are stressed throughout the program, and you will prepare you to take the Washington State Examination in manicuring. You will also gain real-world experience in our student-operated salon, Inspirations.

Detailed Information

Physical requirements for the program include normal or corrected vision, able to work with arms at shoulder level for extended periods of time and able to sit for extended periods of time.

  1. Understand the various phases and levels of basic through advanced nail care.
  2. Know how to safely and correctly use modern nail care machines.
  3. Understand and demonstrate proper artificial nail application and removal process.
  4. Know specific first aid applications focused on nail care.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the state required practical examination for licensure.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the state required written examination for licensure.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 32 - 33

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
COS 113
Manicuring Concepts I  
COS 114
Manicuring Applications I   1
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
COS 115
Manicuring Concepts II  
COS 116
Manicuring Applications II   1
9 - 10
COS 119
Advanced Manicuring Concepts  
COS 129
Advanced Manicuring Applications  
Total Credits
1 COS 114 and 116 may be substituted with COS 288 with the permission of the instructor. Washington State licensure requirements allow up to 10% of the student academic instruction to be met at an off campus site.
Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.