Free* Nail Courses near Ashford VTCT NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Nail Services

Do you dream of becoming a nail technician? Learn the skills and carve your own nail technician career within 4 months.

Student Reviews
5.02 (59 vote)
405 students enrolled
Tutors: Anetta Molnar
Course Highlights

Only one full day and one half day a week for 16 weeks

Career in the beauty industry

No experience needed

Valuable certificate accredited by VTCT

Choose this course if:

You want to create gorgeous nails of various lengths, shapes and colours.
You are creative and patient
You love chatting to people
You would love to transform your clients looks with your skills
You are open to learn new ideas and techniques
You have a great eye for detail
You thrive from being busy
You want your clients to walk away feeling beautiful and confident

The course is designed for those who have no experience but are passionate to start a new career and learn techniques to enhance their employment in the nail industry.

Do you want…

*A career that fits into your life commitments
*To book your own clients and charge your own prices
*To work as a nail technician in a spa or salon or work freelance or from home
*To use your artistic skills to design and create cutting edge barbering looks
*Enhance your cutting and styling skills and make money from your passion
*To start a new career today!

If you…

*Have no previous training
*Have limited time to study
*Don’t want to spend years as a barbering apprentice
*Can’t pay upfront to fund your new career
*Are determined to create a better future your family
*Long for financial security in a career you love
Then you are in the right place at JUST the right time

By the end of this course will you will know

Create stunning nail art designs using a range of polishes, detailing and brush sizes
Build strong gel nails with tips and how to remove them safely without causing damage to the nails
How to maintain a professional and approachable reception area including taking payments, arranging appointments and handling any enquiries
Give clients attractive hands and feet with manicure and pedicure treatments using filing techniques, cuticle treatments, removing excess hard skin, massage and a suitable nail finish
Build a professional and genuine relationship with your client using confidence tips to fulfil client consultations and to use gently psychology to encourage your clients to try new services and products to keep up in the competitive world of the beauty industry
Maintain a safe and hygienic working practice

You also get:

Unlimited guidance and strategic planning sessions with our careers advisor and access after you graduate. He will work with you to discover what career path you enjoy in the nail industry and help to set you up for employment, no matter what avenue you choose, e.g freelance, rent a chair in a salon or opening up your own salon. You also have free access to our vacancy database to help you find employment when you graduate.

Access to the FREE website builder

You don’t have to rely on willpower and panic to create your professional website, or even pay a penny to a web hosting company.

Take full advantage of our FREE website builder that includes everything from your portfolio, an about me page to a contact form where clients can request your services by sending you an email that will be redirected to your personal email address.

It’s simple, create your quick website using the pre-edited sections, all you have to do is plug in your personality, upload your photos and you are ready to book clients!

What will I achieve?

When you graduate, you’ll receive an internationally recognised VTCT Level 2 Diploma certificate, recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) You can work in the beauty industry straight away as a junior nail technician or choose to develop your skills with further training.

You can complete this course in just 4 months!

Learn from Industry Professionals:

At CPBA we have 10 Years of experience in Government funding and employment strategies for people wanted to gain a career in the beauty industry. We have helped 5,000 job seekers go from struggling to land a job interview to living their dream job in as little as 6 months.

How long is the course?

You can graduate in 16 weeks by attending 1 full day and 1 half day at our salon. This is your fast track way to launch a new career. You NEED to have a passion in barbering and commit to practising the techniques in your spare time to fully benefit from the quick pace.

How will I learn?

You will be tutored by a hair industry professional who will guide you through practical lessons with practise on yourself, other clients, manicure hands and real clients. They will push you to reach your goals and you will be assessed on your theory skills with written assignments to make sure you fully understand the importance of nail anatomy.

In the classroom you have the tutors full attention by working in a small group with 12 other students.


*Aged 19 or over
*To wear a black uniform including black flat shoes, we provide you with 1 free CPBA t-shirt
*Purchase your own nail kit (available to purchase from the Academy)

How to pay for the course:

The total cost of the course is £1,800 but you may be eligible for free funding if.

*You are between the age 19-23rd and this is your FIRST Level 2 qualification
*You are 23 and unemployed or earn less than £15,736.50 per year.

If you do not meet this criteria you may still be eligible for government funding but you may have to pay a £100 registration fee.

You are required to pay an administration fee that will be deducted from your registration fee or kit fee once you start the course.

For more information regarding our terms and conditions and if you are eligible for free funding please visit Free Funding

What career opportunities do I have?

You can work…

  • In a commercial salon
  • As part of retail concession in a nail bar
  • Be Independent, go self-employed, be mobile, work as a home-based nail technician

What will I achieve?

When you graduate, you’ll receive an internationally recognised VTCT Level 2 Diploma certificate, recognised by the UK’s leading barbering association (BBA). You can choose to graduate as a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.You can work in the hair industry straight away as a junior men’s hairdresser. or choose to develop your skills with further training.

About the Tutors

Anetta Molnar
nail technology tutor
Further Info

5 Instructor Rating
12080 Reviews
57897 Students
2 Courses

“I had a little bit of previous experience and I was already interested in nails, so I decided to get a professional qualification to help me with my next step. I completed a level three diploma in nail technology at CPBA. The beauty course went for 17 weeks, part-time at one and a half days each week. I really enjoyed my beauty training. Everyone was helpful and it was just a really good atmosphere to learn in. Once I finished the beauty therapy course, I began to work in a salon as a nail technician. After about six months I was given the opportunity to teach at CPBA and I’ve now been tutoring at the beauty academy for about two years and I absolutely love it, it’s amazing. I like that I can give the beauty knowledge that I learnt at CPBA back to the students and enjoy watching them learn. I keep in contact with past students too, and always happy to help them professionally when I can. In this beauty course you learn everything you need to know about manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements such as gels, acrylics, extensions and how to use the equipment as well as theories behind working with nails and how to communicate with clients and learn different nail art techniques and design. With my beauty qualification I could have started my own business, become self-employed or worked in a salon. It really gave me plenty of different opportunities to enter the industry.”


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    Katarzyna Sz.

    I loved the training. Straight after completing the course I’ve been offered a job at CPBA and I love every minute of it ever since.

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    Iliyana S.

    Everything was perfect . I’m very impressed by Candor Professional Beauty Academy. I learned new treatments and I filled up the gaps in my knowledge which improved my career.

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    Borana M.

    The best thing it was the lessons with the tutor and my classmates. We re-ally enjoyed learning together.

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    Alexandra N.

    Everything was nice, friendly. Lessons were interesting and the activities made learning very easy.

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    Kelly D. S.

    I have learnt a lot during my time in the course even new things that never thought I’d learn. My tutor found ways to keep the course interesting such as playing games that helped us remember what we have learnt.

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    Laura H.

    At beauty college, I completed a level two and level three in nail technology. When I finished training CPBA, I continued to practice and study, focusing on acrylics because that is what I wanted to work with. I created social media accounts to connect with people in my area and then my career just went from there! I now have a business with regular clients and I rent space at Glamour Ready, a salon in Walton on the Hill, Surrey. The skills and qualifications that I have gained from going to beauty school have enabled me to be able to work within salons and push myself within self employment where there are no limits to my success. I always wanted to be self employed so it could fit around my daughter and so I could provide a better future for her. One day, I would like to open my own salon and bring out my own brand of nail products.

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    Anetta M.

    I had a little bit of previous experience and I was already interested in nails, so I decided to get a professional qualification to help me with my next step. I completed a level three diploma in nail technology at CPBA. The beauty course went for 17 weeks, part-time at one and a half days each week. I really enjoyed my beauty training. Everyone was helpful and my tutor knew a lot. It was just a re-ally good atmosphere to learn in. Once I finished the beauty therapy course, I began to work in a salon as a nail technician. After about six months I was given the opportunity to teach at CPBA and I’ve now been tutoring at the beauty academy for about two years and I absolutely love it, it’s amazing.

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    Irmina J.

    I have learned new things and I met amazing people on the course. Ivett is an amazing tutor and really appreciate her support. After I completed the course I have managed to find a job.

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    Maria Emilia D.

    I’m very happy about the course and the opportunities it gave me. I have started teaching for CPBA as a trainee tutor after I completed my qualification.

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    Izabela S.

    The course made me more confident in my skills as a nail technician. The days fit around my schedule which was really good.

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    Jurate R.

    Good teacher. The course was easy to understand.

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    Joanna Z.

    Everything was brilliant. Especially that I can open my salon now.

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    Alina Gina F.

    I have learnt everything I needed for having a career in nail technology. I have since acquired a position as a nail technician.

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    Denitsa D.

    Everything was on the highest level. This course changed my life completely.

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    Alexandra T.
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    Negoslava A.

    My tutor was really experienced and very professional.

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    Ivett M.
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    Alena Z.

    I learnt new nail art techniques which was very important to me.

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    Diana S.

    The qualification gave me a chance to become a professional nail technician and for me this is a big opportunity.

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    Anca B.
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    Adrienn S.
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    Egle V.

    Anetta our tutor gave us really good theory and also the game with phones and computer made lessons very interesting.

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    Ioana M.

    The best of my training was my tutor Ivett who explained everything very well and was extremely helpful.

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    Beatrice G.

    I really liked the course and my tutor. I’m very happy.

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    Ildiko P.

    The teacher was the best thing. The practical was very good.

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    Elena T.
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    Kelly D. S.

    My tutor Emilia taught us in a fun way as we got to play a game in order to remember what we learnt.

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    Rushia C.

    Throughout the course I learnt new things every day, which made me much more advanced. I have built a massive client base due to learning nail form, which a lot of nail techs don’t do.

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    Berna M.

    Thank you for the amazing opportunity to learn with you. This course has given me confidence to begin my own business.

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    Eleonora D.
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    Ivett Ny.

    Everything was nice and organised.

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    Elena T.

    The whole experience was excellent.

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    Lili C.
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    Ana Maria S.

    Very happy with everything.

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    Vanya T.

    It was really good. I learnt a lot.

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    Ioana M.

    Excellent teacher.

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    Patricia T.

    Ivett was an excellent tutor.

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    Diana-Georgiana M.

    Ivett is the best. She taught me a lot.

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    Victoria S.
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    Elena L.
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    Hajnalka Sz.

    Lot of new information. lot of practice but I enjoyed it a lot.

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    Arun Tony K.

    Very happy with the course, the tutor really helped. I opened my own salon after I finished.

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    Tsvetelina V.

    The whole experience was amazing. My tutor Ivett taught us every-thing that we need to know to become good nail technicians.

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    Joanna Sz.

    The assessor was really helpful and gave me support.

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    Stanisa D.

    Best training I’ve ever received.

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    Jolanta Anna G.
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    Yuliya K.

    My tutor Anetta was very professional, competent and very nice person. I’m more than happy to progress onto L3 with Anetta as she is the best for me.

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    Alena Z.

    I learnt a lot of things about nails.

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Hi I wanted to ask, did everyone get their certificates as I’m starting this course soon?
Jess S
Jess S
15:43 08 Jan 24
Amazing course have learnt so much new things, trainer is brilliant helped so much
sharene bicknell
sharene bicknell
10:20 11 Dec 23
Chloe Lucas
Chloe Lucas
18:11 20 Nov 23
I came across this training academy by accident and glad I did, I’ve completed the lash and hybrid course and have signed up from brow combo course. The enrolment is quick and easy and the course goes into a lot of theory as well as practical which is really good , I had Maisie as my tutor and she was amazing, nothing was too much trouble for her and she took her time to make sure we understood everything and gave really good feedback during the 4 weeks. I honestly can’t wait to start the next one. 10/10 would recommend
kathie shenton
kathie shenton
18:57 26 Aug 23
I was absolutely delighted that I was one of the lucky ones chosen to do this course.I thoroughly enjoyed it and what made it so worth it was our tutor, who was so professional, kind and patient.Thank you so much Maisie.If I may add something which might help other candidates.If there could be quite a precise list on what we need for the course.Some of us still were not sure of what to order and we had already started. Not knowing the different names of lashes is confusing in the beginning.Thank you.
Robyn Hall
Robyn Hall
14:54 14 Aug 23
Amazing course ! I really enjoyed myself. Thank you to Maisie for being an amazing teacher, she was very friendly and comforting.
Sophie Kelly
Sophie Kelly
12:36 12 Aug 23
The course was okay
Miss Lee
Miss Lee
11:41 15 Apr 23
11:33 12 Oct 22
madison gamble
madison gamble
12:08 09 Oct 22
I enjoyed the course and learned a lot from it. It was a short course but very informative. My tutor Melina Williams was very helpful and friendly. She explained everything very well and clearly.
Elisa Mahmood
Elisa Mahmood
15:10 26 Sep 22
So nice course my teacher Melina helpful i am so so happy :) everyone coming and do it
I love doing this course...from beginning to end. It was worthwhile. I highly recommend 👌 ☺️ 👍 👏 you to do it...The teacher specifically was amazing and very helpful...and you will learn all you need to start your career development. Don't waste time please sign up as soon you can. Best of luck 👍 ✨️ 💓...
Nilza Andrade Hurley
Nilza Andrade Hurley
15:09 26 Sep 22
Justina Miltienyte
Justina Miltienyte
09:27 15 Sep 22
a big thank you to Maisie Anderson for the effort she put into this course to receive the clearest possible information ❤️ thank you for everything I wholeheartedly recommend this academy
Nina Boboc
Nina Boboc
21:09 08 Sep 22
16:09 10 Aug 22
Celia Pestana
Celia Pestana
10:31 14 Jul 22
I had the best teacher for level1 barberingBest place for study hair and beauty
Kinga's Mind
Kinga's Mind
18:55 04 Jul 22
I realy enjoyed the class meetingsHealy she was realy nice and helpfulI realy liked every minutes. Thank you for al I learnThank you so much
kovacs dorina
kovacs dorina
18:34 26 Jun 22
Course was taught by a tutor who was very good in her field of work. I learnt so much and really want to do another course with the company
Kelly Holden
Kelly Holden
15:29 24 Jun 22
dovile sirmaite
dovile sirmaite
20:01 04 Apr 22
Penny Christoforou
Penny Christoforou
13:02 22 Mar 22
Michelle Johns
Michelle Johns
20:43 07 Mar 22
Laura Boaten
Laura Boaten
09:24 01 Mar 22
Robyn Houston
Robyn Houston
13:01 28 Feb 22
Kelly Wickenden
Kelly Wickenden
12:26 26 Feb 22
Tania Sousa
Tania Sousa
22:37 22 Feb 22
I have done 2 course with CPBA the teachers are so helpful courses were fantastic I would definitely recommend to others
Deborah Henry
Deborah Henry
21:37 17 Feb 22
I’m only giving 1* because I finished my course In August and still I haven’t received any diploma which means I can’t find work 🙄There is more than 6 months and nobody seems to care to provide me with my diploma. I spent every week 2 hours traveling to get to the course and learn plus to get the qualifications,but still here I am with no job in the industry because they are requesting my qualifications which I can’t provide
I am completely outraged by the work of CPBA and I do not recommend this school to anyone! I wanted to study Beauty Therapist L2, so before starting the course registration I asked several times what days the training would take place and I was assured that everything would take place on SATURDAYS and TUESDAYS. Since my agenda is very busy, just because a full day of training would have taken place on a SATURDAY, I agreed to fill out an application. When all the paperwork was in place, I received an email that the course would take place on MONDAYS and TUESDAYS! I tried to send them an email to get an explanation of why everything had changed and why I had not been notified of the possible changes! Nobody wanted to reply to me back! My emails were ignored! I intend to report this school to the Department of Education! They took out a loan from the government on my behalf and I can’t even attend the course and come to school because of the changed dates! I am very angry!
Excellent hairdressing course! My tutor offered me all the support I needed. Friendly staff.
Andreea Dedu
Andreea Dedu
13:00 30 Oct 21
05:45 30 Oct 21
Tania Popa
Tania Popa
19:54 29 Oct 21
Rubbish!! I attended the college at Leyton. It was a government funded course and we were meant to receive a bursary to help pay for our travel etc, as I was travelling by train for 1 and a half hours to get there. In total I spent up to £16 a day to get there. They lied to us about the bursary saying that they didn’t do it. After contacting student finance, I found out they did in fact do bursary payments but once confronted they claimed that it was too late to apply. They were extremely rude and didn’t even try to help. They made us pay £160 for equipment that would’ve been a total of £50 on Amazon. The products were NOT GOOD AT ALL. CHEAP PRODUCTS!!! The communication and help they provided was terrible. When help was needed, I was ignored for about two weeks before I got a response.This is not worth it at allAVOID THIS PLACE, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEIR MONEY.In response to the owners reply, your colleagues have given false information because that is what we were told after finding out about the bursary. I have no intentions of travelling that far, I just wanted to give my honest review.
Faheema Yousofi
Faheema Yousofi
19:09 27 Oct 21
Very disappointing waste of time and money unfortunately, bad managed and poor teaching from beauty level 3 . Unfortunately one year after still haven’t received the certificate
Mariela Stratieva
Mariela Stratieva
15:18 26 Oct 21
Great collage best one I've ever gone 2
Tessa Jane d
Tessa Jane d
12:01 09 Apr 21
Very disappointed! Wont recommend for anyoneFinish hairdressing course through lockdown ? Via zoom camera ? What joke is that?After more then 9months didn’t received my diploma!!! Stuff is ignoring our msg, that’s ridiculous
Lina Visockė
Lina Visockė
20:04 27 Mar 21
Maria Madalina Amariei
Maria Madalina Amariei
17:35 21 Mar 21
I love doing their courses , soon there will be none left for me to do online , ive learnt a completely different trade all together which i never thought id ever do , i never thought pass in a million years! Everyone ive done ive passed 1st time im so proud of myself! And thank you to the college as well for teaching me too. I would recommend this college, as its got me in to nottingham college so thank you x
Lisa Bees
Lisa Bees
16:21 17 Mar 21
I attended in the leyton branch. I have the admit staff were friendly tutor manjola was an excellant teacher i learnt alot and i am a confident hairdresser. But we my whole class (except one) has not recieved our certification we finished july 2020 and still recieved nothing but excuses. I think this is ridiculous. For ages there was no reply at all. We were promised support anytime which we never got.
Jas Raj
Jas Raj
10:09 10 Feb 21
Bibi Lola
Bibi Lola
16:47 10 Jan 21
Just completed gel nail course which was held online due to covid. It was fabulous! So much covered it such a short time without skipping any corners. I feel really lucky to have seen this advertised on Facebook and accepted from application.The course required quick English and maths test along with a small deposit with the promise of a £5 Amazon voucher upon registration. On completion of the course the deposit is refunded.I got the voucher and also having completed the course was also refunded my deposit.The course was held on Zoom so didn't even have to leave the house. I found it very easy to follow and ask questions if needed. All our lessons have been uploaded onto YouTube for our reference after if needed.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Although I found the initial application process quite tricky the actual lessons and treatments learned were fabulous.I would definitely sign up for another. The tutor was lovely and very patient and I am really impressed with how everything was done easy on a screen. Way better than travelling to courses and I hope these become a way of teaching for the future. The group I was in for my classes was quite small (I think 7 or 8) so that was nice as well as smaller classes are easier to follow
Katrina Amethyst
Katrina Amethyst
21:03 14 Aug 20
danijela gabric
danijela gabric
15:09 10 Aug 20
I took the online short course for 3 different courses during lockdown and I’m glad I did! Very supportive and opened up so many opportunities for me. Thank you CPBA xx
14:02 17 Jul 20
The course made me more confident in my skills as a nail technician. The days fit around my schedule which was really good.
Floyd Harper
Floyd Harper
20:51 16 Jul 20
I have truly enjoyed this short Barbering course. I have learned so much in such a short time so much more than i was excepting, theory and practical. My tutor Syreeta Parris was amazing, so patient, easy going and so informative. The group were lovely and this course was so easy to follow. I loved the live recordings and any clips were send to you the next day by email. I loved it. The CPBA staff were very quick to respond to any emails and you were always kepted in the loop. Thank you again a skill for life.
mary gulliver
mary gulliver
16:14 11 Jul 20
The Eyelash Extension course was great! Maisie was a great tutor, she really helped us all understand the theory and her demonstrations were informative - in now have a new career!
Phoenix Skincare & Ink
Phoenix Skincare & Ink
17:07 02 Jul 20
Very professional approach, nice and helpful teachers. I am very happy with this school ❤️
Katarzyna Krawczyk
Katarzyna Krawczyk
12:05 21 Jun 20
I loved the classic lash online course! Tutor was amazing and communication was excellent! Everyone was very knowledgable and nothing was ever too much of an ask. Thank you Candor I will be seeing you again!
Hannah Marie Pengelly
Hannah Marie Pengelly
15:20 19 Jun 20