continuing education


Continuing education is the practice of pursuing one’s professional education after the required or formal curriculum has been completed; some state boards of cosmetology require nail professionals to take continuing education units (CEUs) in order to renew their licensing, but continuing education can be either formal or informal, required or optional.

There are many groups in the professional nail industry that offer continuing education events and classes. Some are affiliated with manufacturers and distributors, some are independent.

The High Road to Education (HRTE) is a traveling two-day seminar that aims to teach nail techs good overall techniques and procedures. The events feature educators from different companies coming together to share and teach the craft of nail services, without being particular to any specific products. Eight seminars have been completed, and founder Tammy Warner says the feedback has been great. “It’s absolutely amazing,” she says, “We’re seeing lots of support. This photo was taken at an event in 2008 in Hebron, Ky.  

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November 1, 2010

A new online continuing education course from Milady teaches the salon and spa professional how to avoid dangerous situations while keeping the salon or spa clean.

When I first became a tech, I was shocked to learn ______________.

March 1, 2010

Surprise! It’s often said that school does little to prepare techs for the salon environment. And it’s not only the technical challenges that may come as a surprise to the newly minted nail tech.

Pass It On: Become a Mentor

October 1, 2005

Being a mentor is more than a time commitment. Yes, you pass on your knowledge, and yes, your salon can benefit by grooming new employees. But mentoring also lets you pass your passion on to a new generation of nail professionals. Here are three stories of impassioned techs who passed their fire on to new people in the industry — and the very concrete rewards they still find in it.

Are We an Industry of Know-It-Alls?

February 1, 2003

Continuing education is key to the future growth of the industry. So why is it not getting the attention it deserves? Have nail techs and manufacturers become disenchanted with continuing education and relegated it to the back burner?

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