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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 receive an orientation to the nail technician field.

Standard 1
Explain the history of nail technician and the occupational opportunities.

Standard 2
Apply life skills as it applies to the nail technician field.

Standard 3
Demonstrate the professional image that is expected in the barbering industry.

Standard 4
Demonstrate effective communication skills when dealing with clients.

Performance Skill
Receive an orientation to the cosmetology trade.

  1. Explain the history of nail technician and the occupational opportunities.
  2. Apply life skills as it applies to the nail technician field.
  3. Demonstrate the professional image that is expected in the barbering industry.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills when dealing with clients.

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the science of barbering.

Standard 1
Discuss infection control and demonstrate safe work practices.

Standard 2
Explain the importance of anatomy and physiology to the nail technician trade.

Standard 3
Explain the importance of skin structure and growth.

Standard 4
Explain the importance of nail structure and growth.

Standard 5
Explain nail diseases and disorders.

Standard 6
Describe nail product chemistry and its affects.

Standard 7
Describe the properties and disorders of the skin.

Standard 8
Understand the basics of electricity and light therapy and their safe use.

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the science of barbering.

  1. Discuss infection control and demonstrate safe work practices.
  2. Explain the importance of anatomy and physiology to the nail technician trade.
  3. Explain the importance of skin structure and growth.
  4. Explain the importance of nail structure and growth.
  5. Explain nail diseases and disorders.
  6. Describe nail product chemistry and its affects.
  7. Describe the properties and disorders of the skin.
  8. Understand the basics of electricity and light therapy and their safe use.

Strand 3
Students will be able to understand and exhibit the techniques used in nail care.

Standard 1
Understand and apply the techniques used in manicuring nails.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in pedicuring nails.

Standard 3
Demonstrate the techniques used in electric filing of nails.

Standard 4
Understand and apply the techniques used in nail tips, wraps, and no-light gels.

Standard 5
Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in acrylic (methacrylate) nail enhancements.

Standard 6
Understand and apply the techniques used in UV gels.

Standard 7
Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in the creativity of nail art.

Performance Skill
Understand and exhibit the techniques used in nail care.

  1. Understand and apply the techniques used in manicuring nails.
  2. Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in pedicuring nails.
  3. Demonstrate the techniques used in electric filing of nails.
  4. Understand and apply the techniques used in nail tips, wraps, and no-light gels.
  5. Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in acrylic (methacrylate) nail enhancements.
  6. Understand and apply the techniques used in UV gels.
  7. Understand and demonstrate the techniques used in the creativity of nail art.

Strand 4
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the business skills for a nail technician.

Standard 1
Understand and apply the skills needed for preparing and seeking employment.

Standard 2
Understand the skills needed during their first months of employment.

Standard 3
Understand the skills needed to operate a salon as a personal business.

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the business skills for a nail technician.

  1. Understand and apply the skills needed for preparing and seeking employment.
  2. Understand the skills needed during their first months of employment.
  3. Understand the skills needed to operate a salon as a personal business.

Strand 5
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework Level 1.

Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate the attitude of cooperation.

  1. Develop awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with others.
  3. Apply team skills to a group project.
  4. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the ability of being resourceful and innovative.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Measure/modify short-term goals.
  3. Review a professional journal and develop a three- to five-minute presentation.

Standard 3
Plan for your future career.

  1. Complete a self-assessment and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Define future occupations.
  3. Identify the components of an employment portfolio.
  4. List proficiency in program competencies.
  5. Complete a survey for employment opportunities.
  6. Create a job application.
  7. Assemble your employment portfolio.
  8. Employability skills: evaluate program comprehension.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate the ability to manage a project.

  1. Apply team skills to a group project.
  2. Observe and critique a meeting.
  3. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  4. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  5. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  6. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  7. Manage a project and evaluate others.


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