Posted: 3 years ago
Category: Career Insider

I want to be... a Nail Technician

Have you always been a nail queen? Fascinated by the latest nail trends and endless nail products to showcase those fingertips?

Perhaps you want to work in the world of TV, theatre, photo shoots or fashion as a nail expert? Or set your own work schedule as a freelancer to suit your lifestyle?

If you have a creative flair, get a buzz out of learning new skills and love working with people - then why not train as a Nail Technician?

Unlike some professions, you can train as a Nail Technician at any stage in your working life. There are no age barriers to entry and it offers an endless range of flexible work opportunities for you.

Whether you are starting out in the world of beauty, are considering a career change or just simply want to add another string to your bow - this could be for you!

The wonderful world of Nails has survived the recession and is currently expanding - and there are over 17000 UK businesses currently employing in this sector.

Want to set up as your own boss?

Talented Mobile Nail Technicians are always in demand for any number of events and you can maximise your income up-selling products to clients at retail price to make a profit.

What makes an in-demand Nail Technician?

Creativity, flair, focus and a willingness to keep up with new nail trends. Ambitious Nail Technicians will continually hone their skills, be professional and have a genuine passion for the industry. It’s a rewarding career if you are willing to work hard and put the hours in!

What can I expect to earn?

Experienced Nail Technicians can earn over £25,000 and salary will depend on whether you choose to work for a salon or set up a mobile service.

The role of the Nail Technician

Is varied and generally fast paced!

As well as helping clients maintain the general health, care and appearance of their nails, you can train in many different nail techniques such as Acrylic Sculpting, Gel Nails, Nail Wrap Systems to name but a few. Depending on where you choose to work, you could also expect to be involved in admin, retail sales and appointment management.

Becoming a Nail Technician: training and development

Look for a qualification that will enable you to meet industry standards

Whilst there is no single ‘right’ route into the profession you should look for an accredited course, which will make you a viable candidate for an employer, Choose a course that best fits your lifestyle and your finances.

Some of the courses available include:

  • An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)
  • BTEC National Award Certificate or Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences
  • ITEC Level 2  / Level 3
  • CIBTAC Nail Technician Diploma
  • VCTC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments

Prefer to learn on the job?

Then consider an Apprenticeship. Open to anyone over the age of 16 whether or not they have worked before.

Look for an employer willing to take you on to train in your new career and you can become an Apprentice.

There are two levels of apprenticeship offered in Nail Service: an intermediate apprenticeship and an advanced apprenticeship.

Apprentices can earn anything from £80 to £170 a week.

You can find details of the apprenticeship scheme here: