Nail Technician Level 2


This distance learning course is for anyone interested in learning more about being a nail technician? It covers all the information you need to prepare yourself for practical training, and ultimately a career in the industry.

This includes health & safety considerations, professional practice in the commercial beauty sector, as well as some of the underpinning knowledge you will need to perform popular nail treatments.



Nail Technician Course at Level 2

  • Course code: BNL02
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 12 Months
  • Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
  • Award achieved: Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Awarding body: ABC

On this Nail Technician course you’ll learn all about the following:

  • Manicuring nails
  • Decorating nails with coloured varnish, glitter, gems or special designs
  • Applying false nails or nail extensions
  • Cleaning nails
  • Discussing with your clients what would be most suitable for them

You’ll also learn to check for signs of nail disease and the importance of following careful hygiene procedures.

Course Content

1. Your professional image

  • Health and safety
  • Professional salon conduct towards clients and colleagues
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional ethics towards clients and colleagues
  • Your professional appearance

2. Bacteria and other infectious agents

  • Bacteria types
  • Nail fungal infections
  • Sterilisation
  • Sanitation
  • Disinfection

3. Safety in the Salon

  • Chemicals used by Nail Technicians
  • Overexposure to chemicals
  • Eye protection
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

4. Understanding Chemicals

  • Matter and energy
  • Properties of matter
  • Energy
  • Element, atom, compound and molecule
  • Vapours
  • Chemical reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Adhesion
  • Primers
  • Monomers and polymers
  • Light and energy

5. Anatomy and Physiology

  • Cells, tissues and membranes
  • Cell structure and function
  • Cell membranes
  • Nucleus and nucleolus
  • Cytoplasm
  • Cell functions
  • Cell division
  • DNA
  • Body tissue
  • Epithelial
  • Muscle
  • Nervous
  • Membranes
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Nail Anatomy

6. Nail Anatomy

  • Nails and disorders
  • Symptoms

7. Skin and its disorders

  • Function of the skin
  • Skins structure
  • Epidermis
  • Dermis
  • Nourishment
  • Nerves
  • Skin glands
  • Skin disorders

8. Client Consultation

  • Clients needs
  • Clients lifestyle
  • Client record card

9. Manicuring

  • Supplies
  • Sanitation of implements
  • Materials and containers
  • Nail cosmetic supplies
  • Table top set up
  • Nail shape
  • Plain manicure
  • Finishing the nails
  • Male manicure
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Hand massage

10. Basic Pedicure

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Performing a pedicure
  • Foot massage

11. Advanced Nail Techniques

  • Nail Tips
  • Application

12. Acrylic Overlay Tips

  • Acrylic powers
  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Refills
  • Maintenance
  • Removal

13. U.V. Gel System

  • Preparation
  • French manicure
  • Gel maintenance
  • Gel removal

14. Nail Wraps

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Maintaining,
  • Removing
  • Repairing fabric wraps
  • Nail art

15. Areas of Nail Technician Work

  • Mobile
  • Home-based
  • Salon-based

16. Safety at Work

  • Control of substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Electric files

17. Aromatherapy recipes for Manicures and Pedicures

  • Cuticle softening treatment
  • Nail strengthening treatment
  • Tired, swollen feet
  • Cracked and dry feet


You will also recieve a DVD with a step by Step Guide to Acrylic Nails

We also send you a free Nail Kit:


Contents of Nail Kit:

  • Cuticle Nipper
  • Nail Scissors – Straight Shank 9cm
  • Cuticle Knife – Stainless Steel
  • Thick Emery Boards (10)
  • 6″ Manicure Sticks (10)
  • Rubber Ended Hoof Stick
  • Plastic Nail Brush
  • Nail Buffer Chamois, 12cm
  • Concave
  • Manicure Bowl
  • Nail Clipper 80mm
  • Big Foot File
  • French Manicure Kit
  • Cuticle Oil 15ml
  • Base Coat 15ml
  • Quick Dry Top Coat 15ml
  • Nail Varnish – Classic Red
  • Nail Varnish – Pink Pearl
  • Nail Varnish – Chocolate Pearl
  • Clear Spatula 15cm
  • Paraffin Wax Brush 2″
  • Skintruth Nail Buffing Cream
  • Cuticle Massage Cream
  • Creamy Cuticle Remover
Qualification Information

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd on behalf of UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment
Course Length Information
Tutor Support

Additional information

Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss