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Sculpt your future in nails

A strong attention to detail, a love of fashion, a passion for art, and a desire to take on a career in the beauty industry are what you need to pursue a nail tech education! If you love following all the hottest nail trends on Instagram, you should consider a career in nail artistry, and the nail technology program at American Institute of Beauty (AIB) may be just the place to start. Learn the ins and outs of natural nail care, gel/acrylic nail application, encapsulations, nail art and design, and more!


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The nail program is amazing. You move at your own pace, the teachers are extremely friendly. I’ve been in the nail program for over a month and I enjoy the atmosphere. You will always be able to get the one on one help if you are having a hard time. I love it here and will recommend the nail tech program to my friends and family.~ Ril W. (Student)

What Can I Learn in AIB’s
Nail Technology Program?

We’re just as obsessed with nail art trends like encapsulation and stiletto nails as you are! Because we always like to be at the forefront of fashion and style, we teach a variety of nail tech skills, techniques, and trends. At AIB, we know that to truly learn a new skill it takes a hands-on approach! Our students have the opportunity to train alongside our educators who bring decades of combined experience to the table, along with real world exposure where they will be able to practice their newfound skills in our school salon.  

Nail Product Partners

We strive to expose our students to professional-grade products before they step out into the nail world. That’s why we’ve partnered with Gelish® 

Tech-Forward Beauty Education

At AIB, we know that in today’s day and age, part of becoming successful in the beauty industry is understanding and using technology. That’s why we use the Milady CIMA digital learning platform. This platform enhances the in-person classroom experience, offering additional tools and educational content on top of the training you receive from our knowledgeable, licensed educators. Each of our programs includes 24/7 access to the comprehensive, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use, digital platform.

Our Milady CIMA program offers a visual and collaborative experience that promotes the use of technology, efficiency, and the delivery of educational content that supports various learning styles.

What Does a Future in
Nail Technology Look Like?

Whether you want to up your nail game as a technician or transition into business ownership, there are so many careers out there to explore! After licensure, you may be able to pursue a variety of careers like:

start the enrollment process

Have you decided American Institute of Beauty may be the right school for you? Contact our admissions team by giving us a call or filling out the form. From there, we’ll reach out to you to schedule your personal tour, so you can get an inside look of our school and start the enrollment process. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on your future as a nail artist!

Nail Technology School FAQs

When you’re looking to enroll in a nail tech program, there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. We’re here to address the most commonly asked questions about starting beauty school so you can get the info you need to make a decision that changes your life. You want to do this, and we want to help!

1 How Long is the Nail Technology Program?

You can learn the ins and outs, theory and practice of nail technology in 300 clock hours! Nail art, design, and more beautiful skills are taught during our program.

2 How Long Will It Take to Complete the Program?

Are you looking to launch your career in nail artistry as fast as possible? You can complete our program in as little as 9 weeks*!

*Based on a full-time schedule.

3 What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

You can take our nail technology program in one of three different options: full-time day, part-time day , and part-time evening .

If you have time to dedicate to your education as a full-time commitment, we offer a full-time program.

If you need to work during the day or have other obligations, we have a part-time night program.

If you need to work school into your schedule in another way, we have a part-time day program, too. We believe that your education should fit seamlessly into your life.

4 what locations provide the nail technology course?

The Nail Technology program is offered at our Largo and St. Petersburg campus locations.

5 how do you transfer to AIB?

For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty from your current nail technology school institution, please contact our Admissions team!

Largo Campus: 727-532-2125 | St. Petersburg Campus: 727-826-0969

6 when do classes start?

Class start dates vary by program. Due to the popularity of our programs, early enrollment is suggested to ensure seat availability!

What Are My Options for Funding My Education?

1 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Both campus locations in Largo and St. Petersburg offer financial aid.  Your future is worth funding. Don’t be afraid to learn more about what options are available for investing in a career you love.

2 Veterans’ Training

We are approved to offer veterans’ training by the Veterans Administration. A variety of veterans’ training benefits can be used at AIB, including your POST-9/11 GI Bill®. You love to help others, let us help you make it your career here in Florida!

Dependents and spouses of veterans may also be eligible. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

3 Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid is a great way to fund your education, and it’s not limited to traditional colleges. If your parents have put money away for you to invest in yourself, you can use it to help fund your beauty education at AIB!

4 Scholarships

External Scholarships

AIB provides access to many different external scholarships to students who have enrolled in our nail technology program. Each external scholarship has its own requirements and availability throughout the year. The criteria for each external scholarship is unique. For more information visit: Beauty Changes Lives | Scholarships


See what students and graduates have to say about their experiences in our Nail Technology program!

When I was attending AIB I was enrolled in the nail technology course, and Ms. Serena was my teacher. I was new to nails so I had a lot to learn and I was overwhelmed by the bookwork, but I can honestly say that because of Ms. Serena it was the best school experience I’ve had. She really goes over and above for her students. She took the time to go over things with me and made sure I thoroughly understood the curriculum we were being taught. When I had to take tests, I did great, and I really do feel I owe that to Ms. Serena. She made it enjoyable to learn and even just come to class in general because she’s just a genuinely nice/cool person. We would do fun nail trivia in class too so it made things easy to learn. She made sure if we wanted to learn something specifically she would go out of her way to show us a demo. With that being said, Ms. Serena taught me so much in the three months of my course. Even after graduating I know that if I have a question or concern with nails she’s willing to help with no hesitation. ~Jade S. (Graduate)

I have been a student at AIB for a few months now. I am currently in the nail specialist program and my instructor is Ms. Mare. All information and techniques are current and up to date. Ms.Mare is extremely knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to ensure I understand the process. I am thrilled with the school, the program and instructor. If you want to make nails a career this is the place to be.~Belinda S. (Student)

I must say this has to be the best Nail program/Beauty school of all time. Ms. Mare is over flowing with information, talent, and skill if you want to learn from the best, you must find the best. Come to American Institute of Beauty today!~Patricia H. (Graduate) 

The Extras at AIB

We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!

1 Career Days

Twice a year, AIB hosts industry-leading employers in our communities from all aspects of the beauty industry to come in and connect with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!

2 Career Assistance

We offer lifetime career placement assistance. You can come back any time after you graduate and we’ll help you find opportunities. We can also help you mock interview and fine-tune your resume.

3 Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers to talk about expectations, desired skills, and share their experience in the beauty industry. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with beauty industry professionals!

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Ready to get started on a career you love? Contact us to learn more about enrolling in one of our year-round programs! Your future can’t wait.

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*