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Manicuring Program

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The International School of Beauty Manicuring/Nail Care Program, prepares students for a career as a:

Manicurist, Consultant on Beauty and Personal Appearance, Beauty and Cosmetic Sales, Salon Manager or Owner.


The curriculum for students enrolled in a Manicuring/Nail Care course shall consist of no less than four hundred (600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices of a manicurist pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. Technical instruction means instruction by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operations mean the actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person. It is noted that 415 hours are devoted to Practical Operations in Nail Care and 185 hours to Technical Instruction in Health and Safety. The following is a description of the minimum required technical and practical subjects as required by the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Section 950.1 Title 16, Division 9, California Code of Regulations.

Cosmetology Act Board Rules and Regulations: shall include, but not limited to the Barbering and Cosmetology Act as well as the Board’s Rules and Regulations and safety measure.

Health & Safety Considerations: shall include, but not limited to knowledge of hazardous substances and training in chemicals and health in establishments, the use of material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous-chemicals and preventing communicable disease including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B.

Disinfection and Sanitation & Daily Clean Up: shall include, but not limited to proper procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician, proper disinfection procedures and disposal of equipment used in establishments as well as sanitary conditions of the work environment. Also includes maintaining proper service when communication with customers.

Bacteriology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Skin Analysis & Conditions: shall include, but not limited to the recognition of bacteria and the spread of communicable disease and how it is prevented in the workplace. The structures, composition and functions of the human body and their systems as well as the proper terminology used in the subject matter as well as checking for conditions, abrasions, and diseases and any contraindications for services.

Manicures and Pedicures: shall include, but not limited to techniques and procedures of water and oil manicures including hand and arm massage, complete pedicure including foot and ankle massage, the application of artificial nails including liquid, gel, and powder brush-on, nail tips wraps and repairs and nail analysis.

Additional Training/Testing Communication Skills/Client Consultation/Salon shall include, but not limited to training in the area of communication skills that includes professional ethics, salesmanship, basic tax information relating to booth renter, independent contractors, employees and employers.

Spa Serives: shall include: scrubs, masks and reflexology.


SUBJECTS OF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION: Minimum Hours of Technical Instruction:
Cosmetology Act/Board Rules & Regulations 10
Health and safety (minimum of 200 technical hours) 30
Disinfection and Sanitation 30
Bacteriology, Anatomy, Physiology, Skin Analysis & Conditions 20
Manicures & Pedicures 60
Additional Training, Orientation 25
Spa Services 10

Disinfecting, Sanitation & Daily Clinic Clean up 50
Complete Pedicure 50
Manicure Water & Oil 50
Acrylic Nails: Liquid, Gel & Powder Brush-on, Nail Wraps, Tips, Repairs & Nail Analysis 220
ASpa Services 45



  • To successfully master training requirements needed to make application for state licensure or certification.
  • To develop professional skills and attitude in the interest of the students learning environment.
  • To graduate from this institution possessing those skills to help secure at minimum, entry level employment.


  • To successfully acquire the knowledge of the laws and rules regulating California.
  • To successfully acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases for the course of study.
  • To successfully acquire knowledge of the general theory as relative to the course curriculum.
  • To successfully acquire business management techniques, which are common in the industry.
  • To successfully acquire the necessary skills to perform practical procedures relative to the course curriculum.


  • Learn the proper use of implements relative to services offered in the program curriculum.
  • Acquire the knowledge of performing a client consultation before all services to recognize any contraindications.
  • Learn the procedures and the terminology used in performing all services.


  • To be able to appreciate good workmanship as developed throughout the program.
  • To possess a positive attitude toward the public and fellow workers.
  • To appreciate honesty, integrity and ethics in oneself and others.
  • To have an improved personality while dealing with students, patrons, and colleagues.


The student shall have completed “Theory and Operations” as required by the California Code of Regulations sections 950.8 and 950.9 with an average grade of  “C” (70%) or better.


  • Will have completed all required classroom and practical/laboratory education and training; with a grade-point average of no less than 70%”C”.
  • Will have completed an SAP evaluation.
  • Will have had an exit interview with administration.
  • Unless a written arrangement has been made with the students, the student will have paid all tuition due to the school prior to graduation.
  • Students who have reached at minimum the age of 17 years will be assisted in completing the necessary documents to file the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology examination.
  • All students shall receive a diploma/certificate of completion for the chosen program upon graduation from the school.


The applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade.  A license will be granted by the State of California only after the student has successfully completed and graduated from the course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.

Books:  Pivot Point Salon Fundamentals-Cosmetology Barbering, Esthetics and Manicuring Textbook and Study Guide


  • Students will be tested and receive a letter grade after the completion of each theory course.
  • In most instances, tests will be graded during class, immediately after the completion of the test, and after recording the results on student’s individual grade sheet, the test will be returned to student.
  • Students will be tested on their Basic Practical Operations at the end of the freshman class hours and upon evaluation by the Freshman Class Instructor and will be approved to graduate to work on the clinic floor.
  • Cosmetology students will be assessed at 450, 900, 1250 and 1600 hours.
  • Barbering students will be assessed at 450, 900, 1200 and 1500 hours.
  • Esthetician-Skin Care Specialist will be assessed at 450 and 900 hours.
  • Esthetics, Instructor Training, Massage Therapy, Manicuring/Nail Care, Barber Crossover to Cosmetology and Cosmetology Crossover to Barber students will be assessed at 50% and 100% of their class attendance (depending upon class clock hours) and receive a grade as outlined in the S.A.P.
  • Students will receive a copy of their progress report upon the completion of each evaluation period.
  • Overall grades are determined on the basis of the student’s attitude and his/her ability to perform elements of the course curriculum. Approximately 25 percent of the grade will be based upon written tests, 50 percent, upon attendance and the remaining 25 percent is based upon practical performance skills.

Letter Grades are determined as follows:

90% to 100% “A” Excellent
80% to 89% “B” Good
70% to 79% “C” Average
60% to 69% “D” Needs to Retake Test

Students need to retake all tests with score below 70%

Students must maintain a “C” average for successful progression and graduation. Students who meet the minimum for attendance and academic progress shall be considered to be making SATISFACTORY PROGRESS until the next scheduled evaluation. Students who do not meet such requirements shall be deemed to be either (1) Under Warning (2) Not Making Satisfactory Progress/On Probation.

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