Do you have a love for nail art, trends and self-care? Are you ready to turn that passion into a career that is infused with Aveda's globally-celebrated emphasis on using pure flower and plant essences, as well as organic and cruelty-free products?

Beyond what you need to learn for licensure, our curriculum includes coursework related to the anatomy of the nail, hand and foot care, and business development skills to help you develop a sustainable career in the beauty and wellness industry. 

At The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, our manicuring program goes deeper than painting nails. We focus on crafting, caring and maintaining fabulous nails to help your guests feel beautiful. Our students learn the fundamentals of manicuring and pedicuring, gel and acrylic application, safety and sanitation, and Aveda's signature rituals sought out at high-end salons and spas. 

Division of Hours: 

Theory Coursework: 131 hours  

Hands-On Practical Training: 169 hours  

Total: 300 hours

Milwaukee Starts

Madison Starts

To become licensed, the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services’ requires completion of 300 clock hours at an accredited manicuring program. Our additional clock hours requirement is devoted to Guest Education. We are committed to hosting internationally recognized educators and artists who elevate our coursework with demonstrations, hands-on workshops and lectures. 

Day & Evening Programs

Choose the program that best meets your personal and professional scheduling needs.

Day  |  Part-Time  |  11 Weeks

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am-4pm

Evening  |  Part-Time  |  15 Weeks

Mon.-Thurs. 4:30pm-9:30pm

*Class times/dates are subject to change. For current class start dates connect with our Admissions Team.

Manicuring Instructors

Manicuring Instructors

Sondra Swessel

Manicuring Instructor

Manicuring Instructors

Kaitlin Freeman

Cosmetology Instructor, Manicuring Instructor

est. 2020

Sondra Swessel

Manicuring Instructor


Kaitlin Freeman

Cosmetology Instructor, Manicuring Instructor

Let's Talk

We can’t wait to meet you! If you want to see if The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is the right school for you, fill out the form or call us at 414.227.2889 (Milwaukee) or 608.250.3100 (Madison).

Once in touch, we’ll schedule a tour with you, answer any questions you might have, and discuss which programs best meet your career goals.

Prepare for Success

Our student-centered curriculum, small class sizes, and digital support help students gain confidence as they progress through each course module and hone their practice in our Aveda Clinic Labs.


In addition to building a strong skill set, students are offered opportunities to discover high-end beauty careers at any one of our Aveda Networking events or quarterly career fairs. We help students land their dream jobs before graduating.

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Why Aveda?

The Aveda Difference

The manicuring program at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness was designed with your career in mind. Our program includes training on social media and business to teach students how to take control of their career and find and retain guests. We teach students Aveda rituals and the service cycle, which equips them with the experience and understanding to provide luxury services sought out in high-end salons and spas. 


Your success is our priority. We hold frequent career fairs and other events to help our students find and land their dream job. After graduation, our doors remain open to alumni for continuing education and events to help them grow and flourish in their career.

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Smiling diverse cosmetology students at IBW Milwaukee campus

How It Works

Take steps towards living your dream today

Step 1: Tour

Tour our historic downtown Milwaukee and Madison campuses. Group tours of our classrooms and clinic floors available — parents and besties welcome.

Step 2: Apply

Once you've had a chance to talk with our Admissions team and have determined which one of our programs best suits your career goals, take the next step and submit an application.