Study the art of manicuring at Don Roberts School of Hair Design!

About Our Program

If you have a passion for helping guests relax or create stunning nail art, you could be a good fit as a manicurist. As part of our nail tech program, you can expect to learn how to become a successful nail technician. You can learn how to provide guests with cosmetic services using skills such as cleansing, massage, pedicure, spa manicure and pedicure, and artificial nails. Advanced studies may include, but not be limited to, no chip polishing, airbrushing, art design, reflexology, and feet mapping.

Where Can A Manicurist work?

As part of your future as a licensed manicurist, you can choose from a variety of careers. Indiana offers self-employment with the newly licensed mobile salon opportunity! Manicuring or nail tech employment opportunities can be found in salons, spas, day spas, hotels, cruise ships, and resorts. For those that continue to learn, employment can be found in education, demonstration, and platform work.

What Makes Our Program Unique

With our nail tech school, you can learn with our strong, well-established curriculum that has produced many successful graduates. If you want to jump-start your career now, our manicuring program is the shortest program we offer, making it possible to become licensed in as little as 8 months. You can feel confident that you are ready to apply for licensure, as our licensing rate is 100% in the state of Indiana.
Our talented students are as passionate about nail tech as we are. We carefully review applicants to look for students who enjoy working with details and have strong attention to art and technical skills. As a successful graduate, you can have the necessary skills to work well on your own. You could also manage your own time, have detailed eye and hand coordination skills, and can work with others or on a team.

Get Started With Us

Your future as a manicurist can start with us. Contact us today to find out more about scheduling your tour and how to get started. We can’t wait to get to know you!

Evening Program Information

Evening Classes are offered for our short-term programs, such as manicuring.  This is a perfect class for those interested in the nail industry, wanting to complete their education in 9 months or less, and having the desire to work in a salon/spa or even open their own business.

A manicuring license offers the professional both primary and secondary sources of income.  The program requires 600 hours of training, 540 hours at the campus, and 60 hours of job shadowing in a licensed salon/spa.

Qualified graduates from this program are eligible to sit for their licensing exam prior to graduation. Mobile salon licenses give the licensed professional vast and varied employment opportunities.  Licensed manicurists are in high demand, and many are employed prior to graduation.

Evening classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with a maximum nine-month completion term. Schedule your Discovery Day to determine applicable start date availability and educational charges specific to the evening classes.

Contact Us.

If you are a licensed esthetician and have an interest in manicuring; we offer crossover study/hours to those that qualify. Please contact us for detailed information.

What are the Requirements?

The state of Indiana requires 450 hours for licensure. At Don Roberts School of Hair Design, our manicuring program is 600 hours, so you can learn more than just the basics. We prepare our students with a curriculum that includes manicuring and spa procedures. You can be prepared to work in various environments with a strong understanding of more than just nails.

When and how can I find employment?

There is no charge for DR alumni employment referrals. Employment with a license can be yours within 30 days of graduation.

Additional Program and Licensing Details:

Program Starts

Class starts are program dependent. Book your Discovery Day with Us to Learn More.


A diploma is issued at graduation.


Application can be submitted immediately upon graduation. A license is obtained and maintained through the State of Indiana.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code

Manicuring: 12.0410

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  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt