Manicurist Course at CHDA School in La Mesa, California

Manicuring is the art and science of professional nails. The Manicurist course prepares our students to perform skills including manicuring, pedicuring, nail art design and artificial nail application of acrylics and gels with a focus on health and safety. As a future nail professional you will learn nail care beauty techniques, as well as professional nail care products and their proper use. Employment opportunities include a wide range of specialty areas such as nail salons, beauty spas, salons, the hospitality industry and cruise ships.

Manicurist Course Overview

We go beyond the basics with advanced training to exceed the California State Board requirements and industry demands in the following areas:

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Nail Art Design
  • Artificial Nail Application of Acrylics and Gels

State Board Preparation

At CHDA we are not satisfied with just teaching the bare minimum. We prepare students to excel in their chosen career.

Graduation requirements: 400 Total Hours

NAIL CARE (300 Hours)
Manicures, Pedicures, Liquid, Powder, Tips, Wraps & Repairs

Health & Safety (100 Hours)
Laws and regulations; Health and safety considerations; Disinfection and sanitation; Anatomy and Physiology

The course requirements for Manicurist programs in the state of California includes the satisfactory completion of 400 hours according to the CA State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

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Manicuring Program in Southern California

The manicuring course offers a substantial training program in a short period of time. Courses held in our La Mesa location include the following benefits:

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Working With Real Clients

You will gain real world experience by working with actual clients to perfect your skills in design, styling, color and more.

Student Competitions

Students are put to the challenge with school sponsored competitions which are not only fun, but also an inspiring event to test their artistic abilities.

Guest Artists

Our guest lecturers offer you an opportunity to learn a variety of different techniques used in the industry as well as showcase tools of the trade.


What you should know when starting a Manicurist program at CHDA

How much does it cost?

View our Course Pricing page for full details. Also please review our Financial Aid opportunities

How do I get started?

The first step of the process is to Apply using our online application. If you have questions before applying please feel free to contact us. 

Take The First Step In Defining Your Career As A Professional Manicurist