The Nail Technician - Level 2 Course is designed for students who are interested in learning more about being a nail technician. This distance learning course has been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for the Beauty industry set by habia and will give you all the information you need to prepare for practical training, and ultimately a career in the industry.

Work in the beauty industry is both interesting and varied. Job satisfaction is high. As a Beauty Therapist, you would usually work in a salon with other beauticians, hairdressers etc. Or you can, if you wish, decide to be your own boss and run a ‘mobile’ business, visiting your clients in their own homes. Whatever path you choose, it’s a job you’ll love doing, and you’ll make new friends too!

The great thing about our Nail Technician course is that you can study in your own time, at your own pace, from home or from work. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering tutor support by e-mail and post for a full 12 months from the day you receive the course.

On successful completion of the course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

Nail KitPlease Note: As this is a theoretical course it is recommended that students gain some hands on training in a salon or practice on friends and family. Students will receive a free manicure and pedicure kit which can be used for practice purposes.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 4 Units:-

  • Unit 1 - Health & Safety

The following topics are covered: Over-exposure; Working with an effective Ventilation System; Cross Infection and Hygiene; Anatomy of the Nail; and Unit One Assignment.

  • Unit 2 - Description of Nail Parts

The following topics are covered: The Growth of the Nail; Skin and Nail Disorders; Nail Infections and Unit Two Assignment.

  • Unit 3 – Manicure & Pedicure

The following topics are covered: Client Consultation; Nail Technician Supplies; Choosing a Nail Shape; Performing a Manicure; Male Manicure; Luxury Treatments; Pedicure; Foot massage; and Unit 3 Assignment.

  • Unit 4 – Acrylic – Gel Nails- Nail Art and Wraps

The following topics are covered: 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; and Unit Four Assignment.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa 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 and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer 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.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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