A Polished Career

Love all things nails? TCL can help you make a career of it.

NEW! this 18-hour certificate program is designed to teach basic nail care, various nail additions, repair wraps, sanitation procedures and basic salon management practices.

You’ll be set for a career as a nail technician, manicurist/pedicurist, salon manager, salon owner, product educator, a distributor and consultant.

This program will be offered during the evenings, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Classes cover basic procedures and business aspects of real and artificial nails.

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  • Quick Facts


    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.


    Evening classes allow you to go to class after work.


    Finish in just two semesters!


    Upon successful completion of all program coursework, students will have accumulated the minimum 300 clock hours required by the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology to become eligible to test for state licensure.


    Tuition: 18 credits x $214 per credit = $3,852.*

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    “TCL’s cosmetology program was perfect in guiding me to my dream business.”

    Takiya Smith

    Graduate & Entrepreneur

    TCL Cosmetology Students provide instructor-supervised cosmetology services to the community. The Salon is located in building 10 at the Beaufort Campus. Take a look at the menu of services, prices and appointment information.


    Important Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for SC Nail Technology Licensure, individuals must:

    • Be a Permanent US Resident or US Citizen
    • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED or 10th grade education and be at least 16 years of age.

    Program Prerequisites

    Program Perquisite(s): RDG 100, ENG 100, MAT 032. Qualifying scores on SAT, ACT, Accuplacer placement test or Multiple Measures

    Other Resources

    Program Dean

    Karen Smith

    Dean, Business & Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118


    Libby DeLoach

    Cosmetology Program Director


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 222

    Erin Hancock

    Cosmetology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 237