Hi, I am an art teacher. I will be retiring in a few years, and I'm really thinking about becoming a nail artist , part-time for now, and doing it at my leisure after I retire. I'm in the USA, and I live in a very rural area. The closest college that offers a certified Nail Technician Course is an hour and a half away, and only offer it at night, four nights a week. Their day time summer course is set, so I can't take it, either, because I would have to start back teaching full time before the course would be over. My real questions are this, I guess....do you have to be "licensed" to trim and paint nails???? Also, does anyone know of a certified course I could take via the internet to get liscensure???? My state requires 350 hours of training from a "recognized" school before I can apply for the liscensure test. I researched a corespondence school in Canada and wrote my State Licensure Board...they said that it could count if the Country I took my training in required the same amount of hours as my State. Well, guess what, Canada doesn't have any regulations on Nail Techs. (The province where the school was located). Sorry if this is too long.... I'm just wanting some advice or knowledge from others...thanks in advance..