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Nail Technician Professional - Gel Diploma

  • About This Course

    If you are considering a career as a qualified nail technician, our distance learning Nail Technician – Gel course is the ideal course for you. It contains all the elements you require to study from home in order to become a fully qualified nail technician and to secure professional indemnity insurance to practice professionally either from home, as a mobile service, or in a nail bar or salon. The gel nail course also includes information on manicures so that you will not need to do a separate manicure qualification in order to complete this distance learning nail course.

    What are gel nails?

    Gel nails are fake nails that can be applied to a client’s fingers to closely resemble the natural nail. They are very similar to acrylic nails (liquid & powder); however they tend to be more flexible. Gel nails can be worn, painted and decorated in the same way as acrylic nails. Gel nails are usually applied using a UV light. Generally gel nails will last between 3 – 4 weeks; after this period maintenance and infill procedures will need to be carried out on the client’s extensions to keep them looking natural and well maintained. Our nail technician courses from home will teach you all the techniques you require to be able to carry out these treatments.

    The Work of the Nail Technician

    The work of a nail technician can be varied and rewarding. Not only will you apply, repair and remove false nails or extensions, but you will also offer basic treatments such as manicures and pedicures as well as ensuring your client’s nails are free from any skin or nail problems before you begin the treatment.

  • Course lessons

    Unit 1: Nail Enhancement Systems and Health & Safety    

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    Understand the course content and requirement
    Understand the advantages and disadvantages nail enhancements systems
    Understand the importance of Health & Safety when working with enhancements
    Identify the risks associated with working with enhancements
    Understand the difference between sterilisation and disinfection

    Unit 2: Becoming a Nail Technician

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:   

    Understanding what qualities make a professional nail technician
    Understand why appearance is important
    Understand the difference between codes of practice and ethics
    Understand body language
    Understand how prepare for and greet the client

    Unit 3: Anatomy & Physiology

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    Understand and identify the underlying anatomy and physiology of the hand and lower arm
    Understand the structure of the skin
    Identify the structure of the skin and nail
    Understand the process of keratinization and the process of nail growth

    Unit 4: Nail disorders and shapes    

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    Understand what is meant by the term contra indication
    Identify what is an untreatable nail or skin disorder
    Identify what is a treatable nail disorder
    Identify natural nail shapes
    Identifying factors affecting growth

    Unit 5: Manicure

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:   

    To understand the reason for manicure
    How to perform a consultation
    Set up a work station
    Identify what equipment and tools are required
    Demonstrate the correct use of tools
    Perform a manicure

    Unit 6: Starting on Tips  

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    To be able to identify the correct tools, equipment and products required
    To understand the importance of minimising waste
    To understand the importance of health and safety throughout the service
    To select, prepare and apply tips correctly

    Unit 7: Application of Gel

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    Understand the chemistry of Gel
    Understand the stages of Gel and effect of lamp
    Understand the application of gel in zones
    Demonstrate the correct application of beads
    Finish the product to create a smooth, glossy surface

    Unit 8: Gel Infill’s and maintenance

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    Adapting techniques for working on a natural nail and client
    Identifying when a client will need infills
    Applying infills
    Knowing when to recommend advanced services – back fill and rebalancing

    Unit 9: Troubleshooting with Gel

    By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

    To identify when there is a problem with enhancements
    To understand why the problem has occurred
    To identify what steps are required to overcome the problem

  • Accreditation

    This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

    Online Academy work with Quality Licence Scheme (Quality Licence Scheme). The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.



    At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

    Course Outcomes

    Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

    A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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