Government funded VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

Do you dream of becoming a nail technician? Learn the skills and carve your own nail technician career within 5 months.

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Tutors: Anetta Molnar
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Course Highlights

Only one full day and one half day a week for 17 weeks

Career in the beauty industry

No experience needed

Valuable certificate accredited by VTCT

96% Pass Rate

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
*Enhance your beauty techniques 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
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
Arrange and position eye-popping displays in your own salon to sell more promotional stock
Safely using an electric file to prepare and finish any overlay materials

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 3 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 17 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 Nail technology 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 beauty 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.

Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19 you will learn the theory through online live sessions using Zoom application, and you will come to our centre for the practical part of your training. In the classroom you have the tutors full attention by working in a small group with 12* other students.

*Until we can go back to normal, there will be maximum 6-7 learners in the classroom at the same time and the necessary PPE (face shield/mask, hand sanitiser) will be provided.

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*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 £3,345 but you may be eligible for funding if.

*You are over the 19 and successful with the application of an Advanced Learner Loan, you will pay this back when you earn more than £25,000 a year.

You are required to pay a £50 administration fee that will be deducted from your kit fee once you start the course.

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

If you are NOT eligible for funding or want to take advantage of the discounted self-funded fee, you can pay by paypal credit.

Self-funded fee is £1900 for this course. We can offer you an instalment plan, so you can spread the cost of your course until you complete. You also have the option to pay with Paypal. You can cover the cost of your course and have 4 months to pay it off, interest free! Or you can spread it over a longer period with interest

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We will NOT receive any commission, referral fees or any other such payments from PayPal for customers that choose PayPal Credit to finance their course.

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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
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.


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    I had the best teacher. She put a lot of effort to teach us and make us learn everything.

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    Katarzyna S

    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.

  • K

    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.

  • S

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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

  • MED
    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.

  • JR
    Jurate R

    Good teacher. The course was easy to understand.

  • JZ
    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.

  • DD
    Denitsa D

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

  • AT
    Alexandra T
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    Negoslava A

    My tutor was really experienced and very professional.

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    Ivett Marczinka
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    Alena Zolcerova

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

  • DS
    Diana Sava

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

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    Anca Bodare
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    Adrienn Suba
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    Timea Tamas
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    Svetlana Dimitrova
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    Egle Vilutyte

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

  • IM
    Ioana Marin

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

  • BG
    Beatrice Grigore

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

  • IP
    Ildiko Popovics

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

  • ET
    Elena Tolumi
  • KDS
    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.

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    Misbah P
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    Joanna S
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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.

  • BM
    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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    Zhenya D
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    Ivett N

    Everything was nice and organised.

  • ET
    Elena T

    The whole experience was excellent.

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    Very happy with everything.

  • VT
    Vanya T

    It was really good. I learnt a lot.

  • IM
    Ioana M

    Excellent teacher.

  • PT
    Patricia T

    Ivett was an excellent tutor.

  • M

    Ivett is the best. She taught me a lot.

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    Victoria Surdu
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    Elena Lungu
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    Marietta Suto
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    Hajnalka Szoke

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

  • ATK
    Arun Tony Knemlan

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

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    Tsvetelina Vasileva

    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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    Cosmina Laura Ferenti
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    Joanna Szyler

    The assessor was really helpful and gave me support.

  • RB
    Rozalia Blanka

    Every time I learnt new, interesting things.

  • SD
    Stanisa Dimitrova

    Best training I’ve ever received.

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    Jolanta Anna Gazda
  • YK
    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.

  • AZ
    Alena Zolcerova

    I learnt a lot of things about nails.

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    Elena Diaconu


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    Ioana Belet
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    Seble Tamiru
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    Klaudia Sarkadi Szabo
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    Renata Petrova

    When I start this course I don't have idea but now I know everything and I can start work.

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    Natalia Secrieru

    Excellent. I learn everything to be a good technician.

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makeup by tessa Jane
makeup by tessa Jane
12:01 09 Apr 21
The course was extremely interesting, a detailed technique for building the nail was presented. Modern and commercial art techniques.
Resica J
Resica J
07:25 01 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
Deimontu Lina
Deimontu Lina
20:04 27 Mar 21
Mariela Stratieva
Mariela Stratieva
17:57 25 Mar 21
The skills I learned gave me confidence to get a job in the industry.
Elena P
Elena P
15:00 23 Mar 21
Really informative and understandable course, improved my knowledge and skill.Nice staff and good training.
Ilona B
Ilona B
13:53 23 Mar 21
Masie helped a lot even when I found it difficult she took time to explain.Not everyone can afford some courses so this is a great chance to learn and do better for yourelf
Lauren C
Lauren C
13:43 23 Mar 21
Very happy with the course and CPBA.
Asfa R
Asfa R
09:15 23 Mar 21
The teacher was good and the course time was perfect for me.
Judita P
Judita P
08:22 23 Mar 21
My teacher had vast experience.
Beatrice Elena S
Beatrice Elena S
02:14 23 Mar 21
I got sick at the beginning of the course and the tutor did a great job getting me up to speed and she was extremely supportive until I finished. Now I can get a good job in the industry which I could only dream about in the past.
Paula W
Paula W
01:27 23 Mar 21
I have learned a lot about nails, also my class and my tutor were lovely
Rima V
Rima V
18:19 22 Mar 21
I learned lots of new things in the course and our tutor was really friendly.
Renata G
Renata G
12:31 22 Mar 21
I learned a lot and everything was best for me.
Ciro Russo
Ciro Russo
12:24 22 Mar 21
Lots of great tips and advice. Both at work on nail treatments and in the salon.It helped me under stress.I'm glad I decided and the course made me sure.
Katarzyna K
Katarzyna K
05:08 22 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 Bettle
Lisa Bettle
16:21 17 Mar 21
I’m very satisfied with my course.
08:20 13 Mar 21
enjoyable and easy way to learn
18:08 10 Mar 21
It was a very well thought out short course lots of info I didn’t expect to receive.
10:24 09 Mar 21
The teaching on my barbering course was very good.
Zydrune O
Zydrune O
01:19 09 Mar 21
Everything was straight forward and some one was always available when I needed help
10:24 08 Mar 21
I’ve done a L2 barbering course and liked the practical approach to training. I will open my own salon soon.
Zarif S
Zarif S
00:59 08 Mar 21
It was really good considering it was on zoom as I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to see what to do, therefore was better than I expected. Also I feel like we fitted quite a lot in over the course of 5 days in total
Ethel Davis
Ethel Davis
17:44 14 Feb 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
Friendly cooperative staff who were lovely to talk too, organized application to apply for the course and structured and planned session which went well.
Michael Garrett
Michael Garrett
20:15 23 Jan 21
Lovely tutor, easy to follow along and offer a good and interesting sessions .
James Campbell
James Campbell
19:09 23 Jan 21
I personally struggled with getting used to learning over the phone but the tutor was fantastic and helped with any issues
Marie Volt
Marie Volt
18:19 13 Jan 21
It made sense how it was explained & has given me so much more confidence .
Melanie Brauer
Melanie Brauer
17:56 13 Jan 21
Very detailed and supportive.
Eliseo Jarrell
Eliseo Jarrell
17:28 13 Jan 21
Bibi Lola
Bibi Lola
16:47 10 Jan 21
Informative course, well structured, excellent trainer and feel I have learnt a new skill.
Sandy Adams
Sandy Adams
17:36 07 Jan 21
Very knowledgeable.
Nusrat Tisha
Nusrat Tisha
18:27 21 Dec 20
Sessions was delivered in detail and very enjoyable as had both theory and practical lessons.
Larry Morris
Larry Morris
18:09 21 Dec 20
Tutor was very friendly and knowledgeable. The course was broken down well.
Alvin Clay
Alvin Clay
17:47 21 Dec 20
Very knowledgeable, learnt how to cut hair which was the main reason and feel confident enough now to cut hair.
Shirley Evans
Shirley Evans
17:07 21 Dec 20
Very detailed and supportive
Russel Cramer
Russel Cramer
19:36 10 Dec 20
It was different to anything I had done before and I had the opportunity to learn a new skill. I like how informal the course was and although using Zoom would not be my ideal way to learn, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.
Amy Rees
Amy Rees
19:20 10 Dec 20
It was very informative and the teaching was great. Jemma made the course fun whilst i learned a lot.
Dieter Decker
Dieter Decker
19:09 10 Dec 20
I did this course to gain more knowledge of using clippers and that’s exactly what I got, thank you!
Debra Holland
Debra Holland
20:00 29 Nov 20
The course and tutor was great couldn't fault it. Better pre start communications would have been great.
Anne Alfonso
Anne Alfonso
19:41 29 Nov 20
I have enjoyed the course and content was great.
Amanda Cozart
Amanda Cozart
19:24 29 Nov 20
Clear teaching and nice atmosphere
Mildred Ramos
Mildred Ramos
19:07 29 Nov 20
The tutor was very knowledgeable and the girls on the classes were nice.
Erika Franklin
Erika Franklin
20:12 03 Nov 20
Was easy going and covered lots during such a short time.
Melissa Bass
Melissa Bass
19:52 03 Nov 20
Jemma was a good teacher, explained things clearly and there was a good balance of theory and practical.
Laveta Dobbins
Laveta Dobbins
19:25 03 Nov 20
I didn't think i would enjoy it but i did. am looking forward to doing college in sept to carry it on.
Jennifer Bird
Jennifer Bird
18:48 03 Nov 20
Informative, fun and educational.
Sarah Ramson
Sarah Ramson
18:02 03 Nov 20
Kept it interesting and answered all questions well
Kelli Green
Kelli Green
19:02 30 Oct 20
Tutor was knowledgeable and a great communicator, explained clearly and I love doing nails.
Sara Maier
Sara Maier
18:48 30 Oct 20
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