To become a professional manicurist you need to complete a course of study and a vocational school or cosmetology school. Training to be a manicurist takes an average of about 10 months to three years and this is often followed by a 1 to 5 year apprenticeship as a manicurist salon. Taking apprenticeship out of school greatly increases your chances of employment and your starting salary. To legally practice as a manicurist you are required in all the 50 states to have a beautician’s license. To obtain a beautician’s license you need to review your states requirements which generally include a high school diploma or GED, a completed training course program, and a licensing test. While in school, manicurists may take a wide range of general classes in the field of beauty however they are required to major in the field of nail care. Some required class examples include: Fundamentals of Cosmetology, Manicuring, Advanced Nail Care, Skin Care, and Salon Management. You might be interested in how much manicurists make a year. Also read our guide to paying for Beauty School and our list of the top manicurist schools.