This course is designed to help learners to acquire the necessary practical and theoretical skills to become a freelance nail technician or work in a salon

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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

About the course

Who is this course for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology course is designed to provide learners with a 17 weeks course in which they will learn the necessary practical and theoretical skills to start a career as an employed and/or self-employed nail technician.

A good understanding of English is essential.

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification. It is based on the nail services National Occupation Standards and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior nail technician.

What will I learn?

Through this unit you will develop your skills in a supervisory role focusing on health and safety within your salon.
You will recognise salon hazards, carry out risk assessments and then implement the necessary actions. You will monitor and support your colleagues to ensure your salon complies with health and safety requirements. You will implement and supervise salon procedures for all aspects of salon safety and security including the need for insurance.
This is a preparation for work unit which is based on capability and knowledge. This unit is about client care and communication in beauty-related industries. You will develop your ability to adapt the provision of client care and your communication skills, to the needs of different clients, as well as learn how to manage client expectations.
The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to maintaining your own health and wellbeing.
This will include setting a personal action plan, having clear goals, regular monitoring, reviewing activities, evaluating your progress and updating your action plan. This is a continuous cycle for monitoring your eating, lifestyle, exercise and weight management.
This unit is about providing services to enhance and maintain nails on the hands and feet. It covers consulting with clients to establish their requirement and recognising any contra-indications that may affect the service. It also covers repairing and removing nail enhancements.
This unit is about providing manicure services to clients. You will learn about consulting with the client, recognising any contra-indications, preparing for the service and producing a treatment plan. You will also learn about filing and buffing the nails, using skin and cuticle treatments, massaging the hand and lower arm and using a suitable nail finish.
You will need to carry out effective health, safety and hygienic working practices.
This unit is about providing pedicure services to clients. It covers consulting with the client, recognising any contra-indications, preparing for the service and producing a service plan. It also covers filing the nails, applying skin and cuticle treatments, cleaning and drying the feet, removing excess hard skin, massaging the foot and lower leg, and providing a suitable nail finish.
You will need to maintain effective health, safety and hygiene throughout your work.
This unit is about planning and creating individual nail art designs to suit the client and occasion. It covers consulting with the client, recognising any contra-indications, preparing for the service and creating a nail art design using a range of nail art products. The nail art designs and techniques covered by this unit include 3D embedding, colour blending, marbling, painting and alternative tip shapes. To carry out this unit you will need to maintain effective health, safety and hygiene procedures during your work.
The unit is about the safe and appropriate use of electric files during the processes of preparing and finishing overlay materials. The unit also covers safe and professional preparation and maintenance of the electric file hand piece and attachments.

Through this unit you will develop a sound knowledge of the products and services offered in your salon. You will learn how to promote these products and services by providing accurate information, describing the benefits and features to your clients, being able to identify buying signals, secure an agreement and close a sale.

In this unit you will learn how to create an eye‑catching display using promotional materials, equipment and stock from your salon. Through careful planning, preparation and maintenance of your display, you will learn how to promote your salon and increase sales of services and retail products. You must follow safe working practices during the assembly and dismantling stages of the display.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by professional experts through practical sessions alongside theory in a classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out during the course by an assessor observing your practical work. You will also complete written tests and assignments.

All practical work must be carried out on clients which you will be asked to provide.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to purchase a uniform (black CPBA t-shirt – provided, black trousers and black shoes) and a nail technology kit from the Academy.

The course fee is


This course can be FUNDED by the government – eligibility criteria applies*.

* You can apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your training that you only have to pay back if you earn more than £25,000 a year.
All learners are required to pay a £10 admin fee that they will get back once they completed the course. For full terms and conditions of the funding and eligibility please visit https://www.cpba.co.uk/course-funding-2/

Entry requirements

You must have a keen interest in nail technology.
No prior experience is required.
You must be 19 or older.

Student Feedback
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About the Tutors

Anetta Molnar
Further Info

5 Instructor Rating
12080 Reviews
57897 Students
2 Courses

I teach L3 Nail technology here at CPBA.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the students.
My expertise is sculpted gel nails.
In my spare time I like watching movies with my friends.


Katarzyna Szymczak

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.

Iliyana Stoyanova

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.

Borana Moutso

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

Alexandra Nagy

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

Kelly Da Silva

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.


I liked the course and gave me more experience and knowledge in the field.

Laura Hughes

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 employ-ment 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.

Anetta Molnar

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 tech-nology at CPBA. The beauty course went for 17 weeks, part-time at one and a half days each week. I really enjoyed my beauty train-ing. 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 thera-py 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.

Irmina Jurkute

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.

Maria Emilia Dobreanu

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.

Izabela Seledec

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

Jurate Rudzeviciene

Good teacher. The course was easy to understand.

Joanna Ziemianoka

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

Alina Gina Farcutiu

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

Denitsa Doncheva

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

Alexandra Turczer
Negoslava Angelova

My tutor was really experienced and very professional.

Ivett Marczinka
Alena Zolcerova

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

Diana Sava

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

Anca Bodare
Adrienn Suba
Timea Tamas
Svetlana Dimitrova
Egle Vilutyte

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

Ioana Marin

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

Beatrice Grigore

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

Ildiko Popovics

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

Elena Tolumi
Kelly Da Silva

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

Misbah Parveen
Joanna Szyler
Rushia Campbell

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.

Berna Mazici

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

Eleonora Dimitrova
Zhenya Dimitrova
Ivett Nyiri

Everything was nice and organised.

Elena Tolumi

The whole experience was excellent.

Ana Maria Suci

Very happy with everything.

Vanya Toleva

It was really good. I learnt a lot.

Ioana Marin

Excellent teacher.

Patricia Thismanga

Ivett was an excellent tutor.

Mihai Diana-Georgiana

Ivett is the best. She taught me a lot.

Victoria Surdu
Elena Lungu
Marietta Suto
Hajnalka Szoke

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

Arun Tony Knemlan

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

Tsvetelina Vasileva

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

Cosmina Laura Ferenti
Joanna Szyler

The assessor was really helpful and gave me support.

Rozalia Blanka

Every time I learnt new, interesting things.

Stanisa Dimitrova

Best training I’ve ever received.

Jolanta Anna Gazda
Yulia Kim

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.

Alena Zolcerova

I learnt a lot of things about nails.

Elena Diaconu


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