(a) No person may be admitted to an examination or licensed as a manicurist unless he or she satisfies all of the following qualifications:
(1) Is at least 16 years old.
(2) Has successfully completed at least 10 grades in secondary school or the equivalent.
(3) a. Has successfully completed at least 750 clock hours of manicure instruction in a school licensed or registered under the provisions of this chapter or on courses reported in credit hours. Credit hour programs must be reviewed and approved by the board as satisfying licensure requirements.
b. In lieu of the requirements in paragraph a., has completed 1,200 hours under the immediate supervision of a manicurist continuously licensed under the provisions of this chapter for at least five years before applying for an apprentice, over a period of two years not exceeding eight hours a day or 48 hours a week.
(b) Any applicant who satisfies the qualifications in subsection (a), pays any applicable examination fee, successfully completes any applicable examination, and pays the license fee shall be issued a manicurist license.