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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is a job ready qualification based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as an advanced practitioner in the Nail industry. Throughout this qualification you will monitor procedures to safely control work operations, and enhance and maintain nails using UV gel, wraps, liquid and powder.
1 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare learners for employment as an advanced Nail technician.

Learners will have their nail services skills assessed in a real working environment, which includes the application and maintenance of all nail enhancement overlays, advanced nail art services, sculpting techniques and electric file application

This qualification is available on a full time or part time basis.


Units will include

Monitor procedures to safely control work operations

Enhance and maintain nails using UV gel       

Enhance and maintain nails using liquid and powder

Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

Develop a range of creative nail images

Plan and create nail art designs

Prepare and finish nail overlays using electric files

Enhance and maintain nails using wraps  


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Available Sessions

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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services





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Ideal If:

you interested in everything to do with nails, from nail art to techniques and designs

you want to become a nail technician and work hours that suit you

work at a nail bar

you would like to maybe even open your own salon

You'll Learn:

how to work competently as an advanced practitioner in the Nail industry

You'll Love:

Client Satisfaction  -  Most nail technicians value pleasing their customers above all else.

Meeting New People whether it's new clients, co-workers, or other nail technicians at tradeshows, nail technicians relish the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Financial Rewards as a nail technician, we're told you get out of your job what you put into it. If you are dedicated, being a nail technician gives you the opportunity to earn what you want to.

Flexible Schedule if free lance  -  How many clients you want to service in each day is ultimately up to you.

Challenging Work  -  No matter how seasoned a nail technician you are, every day brings new challenges.

Personal Satisfaction  -  For many people, job fulfilment is one of the most important reasons for sticking to their career.

Creativity  -   Quite simply, when it comes to nails, you can really exercise your artistic ability and let your imagination run wild.

You'll Progress:

This is an approved qualification for working as a senior nail technician.

It also provides a sound platform for further learning or training. Progression opportunities exist in the form of specialist VTCT vocationally related qualifications at Levels 4 Micro-pigmentation and Certificate in laser Intense pulsed Light (ILP)


Career opportunities:

Opportunities exist in a variety of contexts as an advanced nail technician, including:

- Commercial nail salon

- Retail concession 'nail bar'

- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings  

You'll Need:

Level 2 Diploma in Nail Services or equivalent

The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths if required.  Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.   

Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.  

This course will require an interview and skills test. 


Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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