Attendance at a college for cosmetology is required in order to become a professional nail technician. The college will teach basic techniques for manicuring, pedicuring and acrylic application. It is important to pay close attention while in the classroom as lessons are short and to the point, and students will be using their new-found skills on the public very quickly. More complicated nail techniques can be learned at nail shows and business expos. Beauty school will not only teach the techniques needed to perform a manicure and pedicure, but will also teach legitimate business practices, some light bookkeeping, and preparations for the exams required by most states and provinces. In order to earn a nail technician's certificate, a candidate is required to pass a written and practical exam.
In order to become a successful nail technician, it is also necessary to have an eye for detail and a certain talent for recognizing what is needed for excellent nail care. Harsh temperatures, cleaning products and other situations can cause nails to become dry and brittle. Teaching and offering advice to clients on how to take care of their hands and feet in between visits will lead to a loyal clientele as they will feel like the technician really cares about them.