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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Nail Technician
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will be able to understand history of and professional opportunities in the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Briefly describe the history of cosmetology.

Standard 2
Understand the career pathways for a Nail Technician.


Strand 2
Students will be able to understand and apply life skills as it applies to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
The Psychology of Success

Standard 2
Motivation and Self‐Management

Standard 3
Managing Your Career

Standard 4
Goal Setting

Standard 5
Time Management

Standard 6
Study Skills

Standard 7
Ethics

Standard 8
Personality Development and Attitude


Strand 3
Students will be able to understand the need for a professional image and how it relates to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Beauty and Wellness

Standard 2
Looking Good

Standard 3
Your Physical Presentation


Strand 4
Students will be able to understand and apply communication skills as it applies to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Human Relations

Standard 2
Communication Basics

Standard 3
Explain the purpose of client consultation.

Standard 4
Special Issues in Communication

Standard 5
In‐Salon Communication


Strand 5
Students will be able to understand and apply the principles and practices in control of infections.

Standard 1
Regulation through state and federal agencies.

Standard 2
Principles of prevention of infections.

Standard 3
Universal precautions are used because of infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens.

Standard 4
Develop a professional salon image.


Strand 6
Students will be able to understand general anatomy and physiology.

Standard 1
Why Study Anatomy?

Standard 2
Cells

Standard 3
Tissues

Standard 4
Organs and Body Systems

Standard 5
The Skeletal System

Standard 6
The Muscular System

Standard 7
The Nervous System

Standard 8
The Circulatory System

Standard 9
The Endocrine System

Standard 10
The Digestive System

Standard 11
The Excretory System

Standard 12
The Respiratory System

Standard 13
The Integumentary System


Strand 7
Students will be able to understand skin structure and growth.

Standard 1
Anatomy of the Skin

Standard 2
Aging of the Skin

Standard 3
Disorders of the Skin

Standard 4
Preventing Skin Problems In Salon

Standard 5
Maintaining Skin Health


Strand 8
Students will be able to understand nail structure and growth.

Standard 1
The Natural Nail

Standard 2
Nail Anatomy

Standard 3
Nail Growth

Standard 4
Know Your Nails


Strand 9
Students will be able to understand nail diseases and disorders.

Standard 1
Nail Disorders

Standard 2
Nail Diseases


Strand 10
Students will be able to understand basics of chemistry as it applies to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Chemistry

Standard 2
Matter

Standard 3
Potential Hydrogen

Standard 4
Oxidation‐Reduction (Redox) Reactions

Standard 5
You Have the Value


Strand 11
Students will be able to understand nail product chemistry as it applies to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Understanding Chemicals

Standard 2
Adhesion and Adhesives

Standard 3
Fingernail Coatings

Standard 4
The Overexposure Principle


Strand 12
Students will be able to understand basics of electricity.

Standard 1
Electricity

Standard 2
Electrical Equipment Safety

Standard 3
You Have the Power


Strand 13
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in manicuring nails.

Standard 1
Nail Technology Tools

Standard 2
Choosing a Nail Shape

Standard 3
Basic Manicure

Standard 4
Performing a Man's Manicure

Standard 5
Paraffin Wax Treatment

Standard 6
Hand and Arm Massage

Standard 7
Spa Manicure

Standard 8
Aromatherapy


Strand 14
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in pedicuring nails.

Standard 1
Pedicure Supplies

Standard 2
Pedicures

Standard 3
Foot Massage

Standard 4
More about Pedicuring

Standard 5
Pedicure Implements


Strand 15
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in electric filing of nails.

Standard 1
Are Electric Files Safe?

Standard 2
Choosing an Electric File

Standard 3
Choosing Bits

Standard 4
How to Use an Electric File

Standard 5
Troubleshooting

Standard 6
You Have the Value


Strand 16
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in nail tips, wraps, and no-light gels.

Standard 1
Nail Tips

Standard 2
Nail Wraps

Standard 3
No‐Light Gels


Strand 17
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in acrylic (methacrylate) nail enhancements.

Standard 1
Acrylic (Methacrylate) Nail Enhancements Using Forms

Standard 2
Odorless Acrylic (Methacrylate) Products

Standard 3
Colored Acrylic (Methacrylate) Powders


Strand 18
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in UV gels.

Standard 1
UV Gel on Tips or Natural Nails

Standard 2
UV Gel Maintenance and Removal


Strand 19
Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques used in the creativity of nail art.

Standard 1
The Basics and Foundation of Nail Art

Standard 2
Creating Nail Art

Standard 3
Gold Leafing

Standard 4
Freehand Painting

Standard 5
Using an Airbrush for Nail Color and Nail Art

Standard 6
Getting Started and Finished

Standard 7
Traditional French Manicure (With Optional Lunula)


Business Skills

Strand 20
Students will be able to understand and apply the skills needed for preparing and seeking employment.

Standard 1
Preparing for Licensure

Standard 2
Preparing for Employment

Standard 3
Illegal Questions

Standard 4
Legal Questions

Standard 5
Doing It Right


Strand 21
Students will be able to understand the skills needed during their first months of employment.

Standard 1
Moving from School to Work

Standard 2
Out in the Real World

Standard 3
Managing Your Money

Standard 4
Discover the Selling You

Standard 5
On Your Way


Strand 22
Students will be able to understand the skills needed to operate a salon as a personal business.

Standard 1
Going into Business for Yourself

Standard 2
Operating a Successful Salon

Standard 3
Selling in the Salon


Professional Development

Strand 23
Students will understand the need for professional development.

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Standard 1
Complete a personal inventory.

Standard 2
Set and meet goals.

Standard 3
Be self‐motivated.

Standard 4
Know how to make decisions.

Standard 5
Know how to manage time.

Standard 6
Organize personal belongings and lab equipment.

Standard 7
Learn to communicate verbally.

Standard 8
Write effective communications.

Standard 9
Establish a personal reading program.

Standard 10
Develop effective work skills and attitudes.

Standard 11
Master a working knowledge of SkillsUSA.

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  1. Learn the acronym SkillsUSA
  2. State the SkillsUSA motto
  3. State the SkillsUSA creed
  4. Learn the SkillsUSA colors
  5. Describe the official SkillsUSA dress
  6. Describe the procedure for becoming a SkillsUSA officer

Strand 24
Students will understand the need for leadership skills.

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Standard 1
Serve on a committee.

Standard 2
Prepare an agenda.

Standard 3
Assist in planning a meeting.

Standard 4
Review basic parliamentary procedure.

  1. Make a main motion

Standard 5
Participate in a school project.

Standard 6
Attend a community meeting.

Standard 7
Practice effective speaking.

Standard 8
Present a three‐ to five‐minute talk.

Standard 9
Implement a leadership project.

Standard 10
Master a working knowledge of SkillsUSA.

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  1. Describe the meaning of the SkillsUSA emblem
  2. State the SkillsUSA pledge
  3. Describe the duties of a SkillsUSA officer

Strand 25
Students will understand the need for career planning.

Standard 1
Define your future occupation.

Standard 2
Survey employment opportunities.

Standard 3
Report on a trade journal article.

Standard 4
Explore opportunities for advanced training.

Standard 5
Conduct a worker interview.

Standard 6
Contact a professional association.

Standard 7
Explore entrepreneurship opportunities.

Standard 8
Give a talk about your career.

Standard 9
Review career goals.


Strand 26
Students will understand the importance of employability and work habits.

Standard 1
Develop a list of work standards to follow at school and on the job.

Standard 2
Evaluate your personal ethics.

  1. Evaluate your personal ethics against acceptable workplace ethics

Standard 3
Build a job search network.

Standard 4
Find job leads.

Standard 5
Write a resume.

Standard 6
Create a job portfolio.

Standard 7
Complete a job application.

Standard 8
Write a business letter and memo.

Standard 9
Participate in an actual or simulated job interview.



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