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Nail Technician Diploma

Nail Technician Diploma

Elearn College


£29 inc VAT
Study method
6 months · Self-paced
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5 years
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free

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Duties and the required skill set can be both varied and extensive, this online course will teach you everything that you need to know to become a nail technician.

Skin and nails constantly experience oil and moisture loss. Excessive hand washing or using everyday household cleaning products will affect the skin and nails of your clients, eradicating those natural oils and moisture daily. Daily wear and tear can even lead to split or peeling nails. Even water acts as a chemical but so do all of the nail products that are used and once as a professional nail technician, it is your responsibility to minimize chemical exposure or any potential threats as these can and do cause allergic reactions.


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A nail technician (often called a nail tech) is an individual who helps to groom, shape, and pain a client’s fingernails and toenails. In addition to administering manicures and pedicures to a client’s natural nails, a nail tech also applies and designs acrylic and gel false nails. He or she will also groom a client’s cuticles, remove calluses and dead skin, remove shellac nail polish, and provide arm and leg massages.

This is a creative and dynamic industry that lets you set your own hours and stay on top of art and fashion trends.

In London, the average nail technician salary is £9.28 per hour. This amount will vary depending on a nail tech’s clientele and the level of salon at which they work. A nail technician working in a high-end spa or hotel can earn triple this amount while freelancing nail technicians set their own rates.

Remember, some nail studios operate with a ‘chair rental’ policy. This means that you will earn a percentage of the money paid by each client, but you will need to pay the salon a rental fee for your space each month.

Some nail technicians do supplement their income with tips from clients, as a few pounds per treatment is customary at the lower end. At the higher end, nail technicians can expect to earn an additional 10 – 15% per treatment.

On a day to day basis, a nail technician will see many clients for pedicures, manicures, polish changes, acrylic nail application, and paraffin wax treatments. They will clean, fill and groom their clients’ fingernails and toenails, including removing cuticles, buffing calluses, sloughing away dead skin, moisturizing hands and feet, and providing light relaxation massages. They can also provide advice on the treatment of fungal infections of the nails.

Nail technicians treat and care for natural nails, but they also add acrylic nails, gel nails, and silk strengthen wraps. The most common polish requests are for solid colors or for a French manicure. While traditional manicures and pedicures included simple applications of one color, today nail art is becoming more and more popular. Nail technicians are tasked with creating increasingly bold and creative designs for their clients’ nails. They do this with specialized brushes and airbrushing tools. They can also add diamantes, jewels or other appliques.

Who is this course for?

This Course is Suitable for Anyone having the interest to become Nail Technician.


There are no entry requirements. No background training or qualifications are required. Anyone can enroll at any time, beginners, intermediates and experienced all year round.

Career path

Training offered by the Nail Technician Online Diploma could potentially benefit a range of roles, but would particularly enhance careers as a

  • Manicurist

  • Pedicurist

  • Nail Technician

  • Nail Salon Manager

  • Beauty Therapist

  • Other professional nail technician roles

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

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