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Nail Technician Level 2

Nail Technician Level 2
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Are you interested in learning more about being a nail technician? This distance learning course will give you all the information you need to prepare for practical training, and ultimately a career in the industry.


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Nail Technician Level 2

Course code: BNL02

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certificate of Achievement

Are you interested in learning more about being a nail technician? This distance learning course will give you all the information you need to prepare for practical training, and ultimately a career in the industry. This includes health & safety considerations, professional practice in the commercial beauty sector, as well as some of the underpinning knowledge you will need to perform popular nail treatments.


Course Description

On this distance learning Nail Technician course you’ll learn all about the following:

  • Manicuring nails
  • Decorating nails with coloured varnish, glitter, gems or special designs
  • Applying false nails or nail extensions
  • Cleaning nails
  • Discussing with your clients what would be most suitable for them

You’ll also learn to check for signs of nail disease and the importance of following careful hygiene procedures.


1. Your professional image

  • Health and safety
  • Professional salon conduct towards clients and colleagues
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional ethics towards clients and colleagues
  • Your professional appearance

2. Bacteria and other infectious agents

  • Bacteria types
  • Nail fungal infections
  • Sterilisation
  • Sanitation
  • Disinfection

3. Safety in the Salon

  • Chemicals used by Nail Technicians
  • Overexposure to chemicals
  • Eye protection
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

4. Understanding Chemicals

  • Matter and energy
  • Properties of matter
  • Energy
  • Element, atom, compound and molecule
  • Vapours
  • Chemical reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Adhesion
  • Primers
  • Monomers and polymers
  • Light and energy

5. Anatomy and Physiology

  • Cells, tissues and membranes
  • Cell structure and function
  • Cell membranes
  • Nucleus and nucleolus
  • Cytoplasm
  • Cell functions
  • Cell division
  • DNA
  • Body tissue
  • Epithelial
  • Muscle
  • Nervous
  • Membranes
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Nail Anatomy

6. Nail Anatomy

  • Nails and disorders
  • Symptoms

7. Skin and its disorders

  • Function of the skin
  • Skins structure
  • Epidermis
  • Dermis
  • Nourishment
  • Nerves
  • Skin glands
  • Skin disorders

8. Client Consultation

  • Clients needs
  • Clients lifestyle
  • Client record card

9. Manicuring

  • Supplies
  • Sanitation of implements
  • Materials and containers
  • Nail cosmetic supplies
  • Table top set up
  • Nail shape
  • Plain manicure
  • Finishing the nails
  • Male manicure
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Hand massage

10. Basic Pedicure

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Performing a pedicure
  • Foot massage

11. Advanced Nail Techniques

  • Nail Tips
  • Application

12. Acrylic Overlay Tips

  • Acrylic powers
  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Refills
  • Maintenance
  • Removal

13. U.V. Gel System

  • Preparation
  • French manicure
  • Gel maintenance
  • Gel removal

14. Nail Wraps

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Maintaining,
  • Removing
  • Repairing fabric wraps
  • Nail art

15. Areas of Nail Technician Work

  • Mobile
  • Home-based
  • Salon-based

16. Safety at Work

  • Control of substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Electric files

17. Aromatherapy recipes for Manicures and Pedicures

  • Cuticle softening treatment
  • Nail strengthening treatment
  • Tired, swollen feet
  • Cracked and dry feet

You will also recieve a DVD with a step by Step Guide to Acrylic Nails

We also send you a free Nail Kit:

Contents of Nail Kit:

  • Acrylic Powder (Clear) x1
  • Acrylic Powder (White) x1
  • Acrylic Powder (Pink) x1
  • Acrylic Liquid (120ml) x1
  • French Nail Tips (100pcs) x1
  • Purple dust Cleanser Brush x1
  • Acrylic Cleanser x1
  • Acrylic Remover x1
  • 12 Color Acrylic Powder x1
  • Acrylic Nail Brush (No. 2, No.8) x1
  • Nail Decoration Peal, Metal, Glitterr x4
  • Practice Finger x1
  • Wood Stick x10
  • Cuticle Revitalizer Oil x1
  • Nail Buffer File x1
  • Shining File x1
  • Nail File x2
  • Small Pump Dispenser x1
  • Acrylic Dampen Dish x1

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor, via email, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you prepare for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.