Nail Technician Level 3


This Nail Technician course develops a sound understanding of a wide range of the applications of nails and the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the industry. You will need to practice until your technical skills reach a very high standard, but practice does pay off and you should soon be producing some accomplished work. This course is a great preparation for practical training, and offers valuable insights into the professional world of being a nail technician.



Nail Technician Course at Level 3

  • Course code: BNL05
  • 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

During this Nail Technician course you will research and explore the world of nails. It is a fascinating industry and the limits are endless to what designs you can produce.

Working within the nail technician industry offers a range of career opportunities for anyone with enthusiasm and willingness to practice. With determination, you can carve out a successful and rewarding career such as:

  • Mobile nail technician
  • Home-based technician
  • Salon-based nail technician
Course Content

Unit One: Health and Safety    

  • Over-exposure
  • Working with an effective Ventilation System
  • Cross Infection and Hygiene
  • Anatomy of the Nail
  • Unit One Assignment

Unit Two: Description of Nail Parts 

  • The Growth of the Nail
  • Skin and Nail Disorders
  • Nail Infections
  • Unit Two Assignment

Unit Three: Manicure & Pedicure

  • Client Consultation
  • Nail Technician Supplies
  • Choosing a Nail Shape
  • Performing a Manicure
  • Male Manicure
  • Luxury Treatments
  • Pedicure
  • Foot massage
  • Unit 3 Assignment

Unit Four: Acrylic – Gel Nails- Nail Art and Wraps

  • Types of Nail Extensions
  • Nail Cosmetics and Preparation
  • The Consultation / Client Treatment Plan
  • Setting up a Nail Station
  • Preparing the Client
  • Tip Application
  • Gel Nails
  • Fibreglass and Silk Overlays
  • Liquid and Powder Systems
  • Sculptured Nail Enhancements
  • Nail Shapes
  • Safe and Gentle Product Removal
  • Problem Solving
  • Homecare Advice- Suggested reading list
  • Unit Four Assignment

You will also receive a free Kit with this course, including:

  • 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 3 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