Nail tech theory and salon management are some courses available from online schools and programs. The nail tech theory course allows students to complete the apprenticeship required for state licenses as registered nail technicians. The course teaches the fundamentals of nail care and might require an internship with a licensed employer. Salon management courses teach students the skills needed to operate a nail salon, and they are often required to pass state certification exams.
Safety and sanitation courses teach nail technicians about working with nail tools and clients' skin. Learning information for proper sanitation and cleaning work stations are key facets of becoming a nail technician. Manicure and pedicure courses teach the process of taking care of someone’s hands and feet. The course covers hands-on techniques such as massages and paraffin baths.
Online nail technician courses vary depending on each state’s licensing requirements. Some courses require a mix of classroom work, including DVDs and special online training. Some online schools also require each course to be broken down into modules, and students must complete an exam before moving to the next course. As of 2015, all states require that the majority of training hours take place inside classrooms and not online.