Personal Care & Related Health Services

Nail TechNail Technician - Certificate

Manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments are consistently among the most popular beauty treatments, so there is a strong demand for skilled nail technicians. HGTC's Nail Technician certificate program teaches basic nail care, various nail additions, repair wraps, sanitation procedures, and salon-management practices. Licensed nail technicians must demonstrate that they have completed a 360-hour training program approved by the State Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, and then must pass both written and practical exams of the State Board of Cosmetology. 

For more information, contact:

Mary A. Cox (843) 349-5233

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Career Outlook

Nail technicians take off old nail polish, cut and shape the nails, soften the skin around the area, and prepare the nails for polish before polishing them. They engage in conversation with their clients and often develop relationships with them, which usually results in repeat business. In high-end spas, nail technicians also provide hand and foot massages.

Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:
  • Nail salons
  • Hair salons
  • Spas
  • Resorts
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submission of Health Sciences Division physical examination form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program
  • Purchase Uniforms
  • Purchase Nail Technician Kits
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all COS-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Nail Technician (COS) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
COS 131 Bacteria and Other Infectious Agents 2
COS 132 Science of Nail Technology 2
COS 133 Basic Procedures 3
COS 135 Business of Nail Technology 2
COS 136 Fundamentals of Artificial Nail Application 4
COS 224 Nail Practice I 4