Nail Technician Level 3 and Starting Your Own Business Level 3

Course codes: OSC1095 / OSC1391
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Learn all of the skills you need to become one step closer to starting your own nail technician business.

  • Study the health and safety considerations involved in working in the nail industry.
  • Learn how to apply and maintain nail enhancements such as gel, acrylic and powder enhancements.
  • Understand how to apply a variety of nail art designs, including marbling, blending, foils and airbrushing.
  • Explore how to successfully start your own business, including writing a business plan, how to market your business, set a pricing strategy and understanding your business’s finances.
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Course Overview

This course prepares students to become successful nail technicians and business owners, offering expert practical and professional guidance built on years of inside industry experience.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can enrol at any time and have up to a year to complete your studies, so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Course Duration

Up to two years.

Study Hours

Approximately 240 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive two Certificates of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor-marked assignments.

Course Content

Nail Technician Level 3

  • Health and safety legislation
  • Hygiene in the workplace
  • Preventing infection
  • Sterilisation
  • Sanitisation
  • Preparing for the client
  • Contraindications
  • Your health and safety responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • First aid
  • Fire precautions
  • COSHH within the nail industry
  • Data protection
  • Security procedures
  • Cash handling
  • Professional standards
  • National Occupational Standards
  • Client consultation
  • New clients
  • Regular clients
  • Agreeing a treatment plan
  • Giving aftercare advice
  • Effective communication techniques
  • How to handle complaints
  • Dealing with staff disputes or disagreements
  • Preparing your work area
  • Seating and lighting
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Methods of sterilisation
  • Towels
  • Brushes
  • Nail enhancement products
  • Other considerations
  • Nail and skin analysis
  • The structure of the skin
  • The structure of the nail
  • Nail growth
  • Nail types
  • Nail diseases and disorders
  • Preparing the nail and applying tips
  • Preparing the natural nail
  • Different tips and their features
  • Guidelines for choosing suitable tips
  • Acrylic and powder enhancements
  • Gel enhancements
  • Fibreglass or silk (wrap system) enhancements
  • Sculpture nail enhancements
  • Equipment for nail art
  • Consulting with clients
  • Planning a nail art treatment
  • How to design nail art
  • Different nail art brushes
  • Techniques and designs
  • Charms and rhinestones
  • Even lines and striping techniques
  • Dots and circles
  • Flower designs
  • Using glitter
  • How to apply nail transfers
  • Blending
  • Applying foils
  • Marbling
  • Nail jewellery
  • Airbrushing: equipment and techniques
  • Where can a nail technician work?
  • Being your own boss
  • Obtaining finance
  • Self-employed status
  • Marketing yourself
  • Working for a company
  • Working on a mobile basis
  • Working on cruise ships
  • Working in the media industry
  • Working in teaching
  • **Please note: Before the practical days, you will be required to choose whether you wish to attend practical days for gel OR acrylic nails. **
  • Principle techniques of manicure and pedicure
  • Health and Safety
  • Consultation and contraindications
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Theory of tip application
  • Product knowledge
  • Product application
  • Infills and removals

Starting Your Own Business Level 3

  • Why start your own business?
  • Character and motivation
  • Before you start: managing yourself and planning
  • Market research
  • Sales and profits
  • Competitors
  • Financial planning
  • Suppliers
  • Employing people
  • Stock and asset management
  • Deciding on the form of your business (sole trader, partnership, limited company)
  • How to decide what is best for you
  • Setting goals for yourself
  • Your product or service
  • Value for money
  • Competition
  • Segmenting your market
  • Pricing
  • Identifying your potential customers
  • Promoting your business
  • Before sale
  • After sale
  • Understanding your business finances
  • Working with figures
  • Break-event point
  • Fixed and current assets
  • Cash flow
  • Sources of finance
  • Managing your money
  • Why do you need a business plan?
  • The format and structure of your business plan
  • Yourself, your people. your values, your mission
  • Your business model
  • Your market
  • Your competition
  • Development
  • Profit forecast
  • Risks