Nails Specialty | Southwest Miami Adult Education Center

Nails Specialty

PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a licensed manicurist and pedicurist specialist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully obtaining nails specialty certification.

PROGRAM CONTENT: The content includes, but is not limited to communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; Florida cosmetology law and rules.  This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the cosmetology industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying technological principles, labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues.

Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with chemicals, implements, and equipment appropriate to the programs’ content and in accordance with safety and sanitation practices in the trade.

The program includes:

  • acquisition of knowledge of the nails specialist and the related chemistry
  • bacteriology
  • anatomy and physiology
  • art of make-up
  • development of skill in performing manipulative and electrical techniques required in the practice of the nails specialist occupations.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: This program consists of a core with one Occupational Completion Point (OCP).


OCP A  Manicurist and Pedicurist Specialist  240

Upon successful completion of these 240 hours of instruction designed to meet the learning objectives, the performance of services, and achievement of a passing score of 75% of better on a comprehensive final examination administered by the teacher, the career/technical center will issue a certificate of completion in the specialty area of nails. Application for the Florida State Board License is required.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Upon completion of the program, employment can be found as Manicurist and Pedicurist Technician, Cosmetologist’s Assistant, Manufacturer’s Representative, Beauty Supply Salesperson.

SALARY: The salary range is from $8.72 to $10.70, and may vary depending on specialty and experience.

    Classes are offered at Southwest Adult Education Center – Main Campus

    Office Hours:
    Monday – Thursday| 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Office: (305) 274-0181

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