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Nail Technician Level 3

Nail Technician Level 3
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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 3

Course code: BNL05

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

Working as a nail technician can be organised around your other commitments. When you have completed our Level 3 course, you will have a sound understanding of a wide range of the applications of nails and the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the industry. You will need to practise until your technical skills reach a very high standard, but practice does pay off and you should soon be producing some accomplished work. This course is a great preparation for practical training, and offers valuable insights into the professional world of being a nail technician.


Course Description

Areas a Nail technician can trade in once qualified

Working within the nail technician industry offers a number of career opportunities. If you have enthusiasm, are willing to practise and have determination, you can carve out a successful and rewarding career for yourself. There are many career routes you may decide to use your new skills in:

  • Mobile nail technician
  • Home-based technician
  • Salon-based nail technician

During this course you will research and explore the world of nails. It is a fascinating industry and the limits are endless to what designs you can produce. Be creative and enjoy yourself.

If you need to gain insurance then we advise that you take the one day practical assessment after you have completed your course, details of which can be found under Qualification Information.




Unit One: Health and Safety    

  • Over-exposure
  • Working with an effective Ventilation System
  • Cross Infection and Hygiene
  • Anatomy of the Nail
  • Unit One Assignment

Unit Two: Description of Nail Parts 

  • The Growth of the Nail
  • Skin and Nail Disorders
  • Nail Infections
  • Unit Two Assignment

Unit Three: Manicure & Pedicure

  • Client Consultation
  • Nail Technician Supplies
  • Choosing a Nail Shape
  • Performing a Manicure
  • Male Manicure
  • Luxury Treatments
  • Pedicure
  • Foot massage
  • Unit 3 Assignment

Unit Four: Acrylic – Gel Nails- Nail Art and Wraps

  • Types of Nail Extensions
  • Nail Cosmetics and Preparation
  • The Consultation / Client Treatment Plan
  • Setting up a Nail Station
  • Preparing the Client
  • Tip Application
  • Gel Nails
  • Fibreglass and Silk Overlays
  • Liquid and Powder Systems
  • Sculptured Nail Enhancements
  • Nail Shapes
  • Safe and Gentle Product Removal
  • Problem Solving
  • Homecare Advice- Suggested reading list
  • Unit Four Assignment

You will also receive a free Kit with this course, including:

  • 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 3 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.