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Nail Technician Online Diploma - CPD Certified – Only £39!

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Study method
Online, self-paced
No formal qualification
20 CPD hours / points
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
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Complete Nail Technician Diploma Level 2 (Online) - CPD Certified

The nail technician diploma is a wonderful learning opportunity for anyone who has a passion for nail art and is interested in enjoying a long career in the nail industry or for anyone who is already a nail technician that wants to brush up on their knowledge and boost their career with a recognised certification.

Introduction to the Nail Technician Diploma

This nail technician diploma comprises of twenty five informative modules that takes around twenty hours to complete. The course is accompanied with a host of instructional videos, helpful illustrations, how to instructions, advice and more.

During the course you will have access to online support as you study the introduction to nails, how to start your own business, nail art, marketing your business and so much more.

The course is offered online at an affordable price, giving you the ability to study in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. You can access the modules anywhere where you have an internet connection and from any device.

On completion you can download and print your certificate, which you can use to boost your career as a nail technician moving forward.

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20 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Module 1

Introduction to Nail Technology

In this module you will learn what about the history of nail technology and why you should become part of this ever growing industry

Module 2

The Anatomy of the Skin

In this section, you'll learn about the skin, why it's an important barrier to infection and how this understanding can keep your clients safe.

Module 3

Nail Anatomy

In this module you will find out more about the anatomy of the nail. Understanding this is fundamental to your job as a nail technician.

Module 4

Preparing Your Work Area

You should prepare your work area at the beginning of each day, as well as between clients. Not only does this maintain an air of professionalism, it ensures clients feel well taken care of, and it maintains good hygiene practices.

Module 5

Client Consultation and Communication, Preparing Your Client

Before treating each client, it is vital that you establish exactly what his or her needs are.

Module 6

How to Perform a Manicure

It is essential that you know how to perform a manicure.

Module 7

How to Perform a Pedicure

When the winter starts to end and the summertime comes around, women everywhere get their feet out. That is the time to capitalise by offering pedicures.

Module 8

Artificial Nails

In this module you will find out what is required to achieve great results when applying artificial nails.

Module 9

Arm and Hand Massage

In this module you will learn the different massage techniques required.

Module 10

Gel Nails

Gel nails can offer the same strength and beauty as acrylic nails, but they tend to cause less mess and also look a lot more natural.

Module 11

Nail Tips (Shaping and Painting & Artificial Tips)

While they may at first seem simple, nail do require a steady hand and a lot of patience.

Module 12

Basic Nail Art

While a lot of clients will come to you expecting manicures, acrylics, and gels, others will need you because they want nails that are exceptionally pretty. As such, you need to learn how to engage in a little basic nail art.

Module 13

Nail Maintenance

After your clients have undergone a manicure or pedicure, they’ll want to know how they can maintain the work you’ve performed.

Module 14

Health and Hygiene

On a daily basis, nail technicians come into contact with a broad range of toxic chemicals and as such knowing about health and hygiene practices is essential.

Module 15

An Introduction to Salon Management

Now that you’ve learned a little about the basics of salon practices, you’re going to delve into the world of salon management.

Module 16

Start a salon, become a mobile technician, or work for someone else?

Once you’ve acquired your nail technician skills, you’re faced with a serious choice: do you start your own salon, become a mobile technician, or work for someone else.

Module 17

Setting up a Salon and Red Tape

You need to know a little about the basics of business, as well as the red tape nail technicians face when opening their first salon.

Module 18

Salon Decoration

How you choose to decorate your salon says a lot about your personality, as well as the type of image you’re aiming to deliver.

Module 19

Marketing Your Nail Salon / Service

As you may have already figured out, there is no point in establishing a nail salon if you cannot market it.

Module 20

Setting Your Pricing

The chances are you've become so excited by the prospect of starting your own nail salon, you've barely had a chance to consider pricing. Yet, pricing is so central to your business' success.

Module 21

Merchandising & Your Salon

As a salon owner, your profits aren't just going to come from the treatments you carry out. Merchandising and retail sails play a role in your business' success too.

Module 22

Employees and Staffing

No salon is a one woman or one man venture, which means you need to focus on staffing and hiring.

Module 23

Customer Relationship Management

CRM exists to improve customer service. It achieves this by helping you gather information about your customers, aka data, which you then analyse in line with your sales.

Module 24

Managing Costs

Every new business owner has to familiarise themselves with the costs associated with their business.

Module 25

Forms and Record Keeping

All salon owners and mobile technicians need to track transactions and may think about hiring an accountant for bookkeeping.

Who is this course for?

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Reed Courses Students Testimonials on our Nail Course

Emma Thorpe - Sheffield

This course is brilliant and I would recommend to anyone!

I was a bit nervous when I first purchased the nail technician diploma online course for the one reason that it was so cheap compared to other online courses I had seen.

I have recently taken this course and i can honestly say that it is so easy to follow and you really do learn all the things you need to know to become a successful nail technician from the nail anatomy to starting your own business and all the other helpful bits in between.

I can't believe I am well on my way to becoming a qualified nail technician:) If you are worried about purchasing this course then don't be! This course is brilliant and I would recommend to anyone! xxx

Louisa Forsyth - Stratford upon Avon

Extremely easy to follow

This course is brilliant! Extremely easy to follow and understand. You are able to do it in your own time so there's no pressure.

I've now just completed it and enjoyed the whole experience. I can't wait to get my little business up and running. Thank you all

Tara Ireland - Surrey

Super Fun

This course was super fun and so easy to follow.

I loved the convenience of learning everywhere, I could use my phone or tablet and do the course in the car, breaks while at work or in the privacy of my living room. The videos were wonderful and the worksheets helped so much as well... I'm more confident in myself now :)

Kirsty Johnson - Welwyn Garden City

Extremely interesting as well as informative

This is just what I needed to help me launch my business!

I am so excited to use all I have learned here and apply it to my own venture! Was wonderful learning all the science behind the role and was truly, exactly what I was looking for in a course.

I will be referring back to the materials, it is extremely interesting as well as informative!

Thank you so much!!!

Fiona Lobley - Brant Broughton

The videos were a good way to practice

I've completed the course and have started to prepare myself as a mobile nail technician.

The online course was easy to understand and the videos were a good way to practice step by step.

Many thanks


Our Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. Now more than ever people are using the internet while on the move so our course has been designed to be fully compatible on tablets and smartphones so you can access your course on wifi, 3G or 4G.

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

All tests are online and are taken either during or after the course, these are included in the price.

Career path

With experience, you could manage a salon or start your own business.

You could work with photographers, fashion designers or TV companies, preparing nails for photo shoots or fashion shows.

With further training you could move into teaching.

Questions and answers

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Zoe asked:

Does this course enable you to gain insurance or is this just an introduction?


Hi Zoe, Yes, we are one of the only online course companies that provide fully insurable companies. We can put you in touch with one of our insurance partners upon completion of the course.

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Nails asked:

Hi,if you don't pass the exam first time are you able to take it again?Are there any additional charges during the course or assessments/exams?Thanks


We don't charge anything more for additional assessments/exams

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Tina asked:

What materials do you get with the course. Help with learning?


Hi Tina, The course doesn't include any hard materials, it's an online course only. As you progress through the course modules, you will be provided with lists of equipment and materials required to carry out the methods covered. Regards, Be-A

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Kim asked:

How will I be assessed?


Hi Kim, There will be assignments and worksheets to complete throughout the course modules, and a final test at the end of the last module. The exam will consist of around 30 multiple-choice questions and will allow 30 minutes to complete. You will need 70% or more correct answers to pass the Diploma. You can then download and print your certificate for free from your account, or we can print and send one for you for a small fee.

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What does study method mean?

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.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.