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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478 students enrolled
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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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.

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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 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.

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    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.

  • NS
    Natalia Secrieru

    Excellent. I learn everything to be a good technician.

My tutor was very helpful with Adjusting her hands for my because I’m left handed and she made the lessons fun.
James U. Kay
James U. Kay
21:41 24 Sep 20
Gave me the opportunity to gain a qualification that was long awaited.
Barbara Estrada
Barbara Estrada
21:14 24 Sep 20
Convenient form, exactly shown practice.
Ray Woods
Ray Woods
19:57 24 Sep 20
It was great. I learn so many things this course is definitely a game changer for me.
Kindra Dalach
Kindra Dalach
18:48 24 Sep 20
The tutor was really friendly and made it fun as well as learning.
Julia Martinez
Julia Martinez
21:20 19 Sep 20
It was informative and the people I took part with were lovely.
Jodie Perkins
Jodie Perkins
20:53 19 Sep 20
Very relevant to where i want my career to go and the tutor jemma explained things in a brilliant way
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
20:32 19 Sep 20
Yes, the zoom app worked well and the group was small so I had opportunity to ask plenty of questions
Arnulfo Levin
Arnulfo Levin
19:39 19 Sep 20
Tutor was knowledgeable and a great communicator, explained clearly and I love doing nails.
Doris Thomas
Doris Thomas
22:09 16 Sep 20
Great, informative
Cherly Large
Cherly Large
21:36 16 Sep 20
I enjoyed learning a new skill.
Velia Wiggins
Velia Wiggins
21:02 16 Sep 20
Aiicha was a fab teacher, great energy and very knowledgeable
Dionna Oakley
Dionna Oakley
20:40 16 Sep 20
Learnt so much, teacher was amazing! Would recommend to all my friends. Really enjoyed and learnt a new skill. Thank you
Earlie Cady
Earlie Cady
23:51 11 Sep 20
Because I learned many things about gel, extension, sculpted nails and nail art.
Jamal Gunther
Jamal Gunther
23:32 11 Sep 20
+84.Quick, easy and from the comfort of my own home so no childcare issues to sort out!
Chara Christie
Chara Christie
23:14 11 Sep 20
It was very in depth and the tutor (Jemma) was very knowledgeable, she spoke through everything and made sure we was all ok every step of the way.
Lanora Bruton
Lanora Bruton
22:51 11 Sep 20
Very relevant to where i want my career to go and the tutor jemma explained things in a brilliant way.
Sibyl Roe
Sibyl Roe
21:06 10 Sep 20
Informative and a subject I am passionate about learning.
Mitzi Myles
Mitzi Myles
20:47 10 Sep 20
Very thorough and informative
Nicki Carrion
Nicki Carrion
21:05 02 Sep 20
The course was very helpful.
Ricardo Chandler
Ricardo Chandler
20:35 02 Sep 20
Tutor was very informative and nice.
Noe Drew
Noe Drew
19:33 02 Sep 20
Learnt so much new stuff.
Michael Young
Michael Young
18:49 02 Sep 20
I feel that it was very intimate an allowed me to learn more easily than if i was to teach myself.
Lauren Casey
Lauren Casey
19:57 01 Sep 20
The tutor, Jemma was knowledgeable and patient. She could easily have her knowledge to us and answear all questions. She also made it interesting and she was very encouraging.
Kristyn Toliver
Kristyn Toliver
03:55 29 Aug 20
It was taught very in depth and step by step and covered a lot of areas including health and safety.
Iris Valdez
Iris Valdez
21:08 25 Aug 20
My tutor was lovely very good at explaining things so it was much easier to learn.
Tracy Hale
Tracy Hale
20:35 25 Aug 20
Very detailed, Sophie was fast at answering questions
Joy Lucas
Joy Lucas
20:16 25 Aug 20
The teacher was lovely.
George F. Dalton
George F. Dalton
20:01 25 Aug 20
Sophie was lovely and explain things very good
Sanford Ruth
Sanford Ruth
19:48 25 Aug 20
Very happy with the course and CPBA.
Andy Pleasants
Andy Pleasants
20:33 21 Aug 20
The trainer was engaging at all times. Very good course content.
Sarah Hemmerson
Sarah Hemmerson
20:23 21 Aug 20
Sophie the tutor was very informative and more than happy to go over anything as many times as it took for us to get it.
francis lane
francis lane
20:12 21 Aug 20
Very thorough and informative.
Dana Elliott
Dana Elliott
20:01 21 Aug 20
Sophie was amazing. Girls were lovely. Nice small group. Really enjoyed.
Inez Robertson
Inez Robertson
19:46 21 Aug 20
Really good course, learnt a lot, good teacher, very helpful
Albert Love
Albert Love
19:49 16 Aug 20
Very informative and well scheduled course. Excellent teacher
olga graham
olga graham
19:39 16 Aug 20
It was very friendly and interesting, learnt a lot , every enjoyable
Steven Marlar
Steven Marlar
19:21 16 Aug 20
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
Linda Benji
Linda Benji
14:32 12 Aug 20
Learnt so much really good teacher.
Jamar Caudill
Jamar Caudill
19:36 11 Aug 20
Detailed lessons with everything needed to be successful. Small groups, able to get feedback about our work. If emailed anything we would be able to get feedback.
Jonas Fische
Jonas Fische
19:25 11 Aug 20
I learnt a fair bit of knowledge on the course. It was very enjoyable.
Yung Dupre
Yung Dupre
19:05 11 Aug 20
Informative, nice teacher, easy to follow.
Gaylene Fryer
Gaylene Fryer
18:54 11 Aug 20
danijela gabric
danijela gabric
15:09 10 Aug 20
Informative, nice teacher, easy to follow.
Shirley Holmes
Shirley Holmes
21:02 08 Aug 20
My skills are greatly improved in massage.
Isreal Muir
Isreal Muir
20:42 08 Aug 20
My tutor was amazing. The qualification benefited me because now I have the skills of a massage therapist and the certificate to prove it.
Jen Engel
Jen Engel
20:30 08 Aug 20
Perfect. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow.
Clyde Hester
Clyde Hester
19:51 08 Aug 20
I found a new job after I completed the course so I’m very happy.
Carey Takeo
Carey Takeo
22:28 01 Aug 20
Lot of practice which was very helpful.
German Slack
German Slack
21:55 01 Aug 20
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