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Level 2 International NTDA (Nail Technician Diploma Award)


Have you thought about entering the world of Nail Technician to make extra money? Or maybe you’re looking to find employment as a Nail Technician? Either way, you might want to give yourself a competitive edge by obtaining the Nail Technician Diploma Award (NTDA).

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Nail technicians are very in-demand and undertaking certified training will add to your skill set and dramatically increase your career prospects and earning potential. Whether you’re starting your own business or looking to improve your employment skills, this course will prove invaluable.

Comprehensive and convenient

The course is broken down into 24 individual modules. Each one takes between 10 and 80 minutes on average study, although you can spend as little or as much time on each module as you feel is necessary – simply log in and out of your course at your convenience. At the end of each module there is a 5 question test on what you have learned. The course covers topics including the basics of nail technology, communicating with clients, how to perform manicures and pedicures, salon management, marketing and more.

The flexible nature of the course means you can learn at your own pace depending on other commitments. The nature of online learning enables you to study anytime, anywhere at your convenience.

Key Learning Points

The course comprehensively covers every angle of nail technique and enables you to become a nail technician in around 20 hours. Focus areas include:

  • Introduction and Basics of Nail Technology.  Uncover the history of nail technology and why you should become part of this ever growing industry. Learn about the skin, why it’s an important barrier to infection and how this understanding can keep your clients safe. Find out about the anatomy of the nail and why understanding it is fundamental to becoming a nail technician.
  • Client Consultation and Communication. Get to grips with the importance of preparing your work area before each client arrives to ensure that clients feel taken care of and to maintain good hygiene practices. Learn how to communicate with clients and establish exactly what their needs are before treating them.
  • How to perform manicures and pedicures. Learn how to perform manicures and pedicures, how to successfully apply artificial nails, how to apply gel overlays, how to apply gel nails, how to shape and paint artificial tips and how to do basic nail art. You will also learn how manicures and pedicures can be maintained at home, and how to share this knowledge with clients.
  • Salon Management.  Delve into the world of salon management and discover what running your own salon entails. Look at the pros and cons of running your own salon, being a mobile technician or working for someone else. Learn how to create a business plan, what regulations you’ll need to abide by and what you need to know about taxes and VAT.
  • Marketing. Learn how to create an image for your business and how to market it. How you style your salon, website and promotional material says a lot about the type of technician you are, so getting it right is crucial. This module teaches you why branding is so important, how to promote your service via your website, social media and print advertising, how to set your pricing to reflect the type of client you want your business to attract and what merchandise you should sell in your salon.

Advantages of this course

  • A detailed yet easy to understand course syllabus broken down into 20 manageable chunks that make learning easy
  • You can use the NTDA logo on your promo materials
  • Complete the end of course test and receive a certificate
  • Learn at your own pace and fully understand each module before moving on

Take control of your career and enhance your prospects with this fantastic course. Sign up now and make a real investment in your future.


Introduction to Nail Technology
  • The history of nail technology
  • What a nail technologist does
  • An overview of the nail technology industry
  • Why business skills are necessary for nail technologists
The Anatomy of the Skin
  • About skin layers and their roles
  • What the epidermis is
  • About the Dermis and the important role it plays
  • What to do in the event the skin layer gets broken while treatment is being carried out
Nail Anatomy
  • About how fast nails grow and how to help them grow faster
  • The structure of the nail
  • Why understanding the nail anatomy is vital to your job
  • The difference between the various parts of the nail
Preparing Your Work Are
  • How to maintain treatment areas between clients
  • How to attain the highest standards when preparing your workplace
  • How work station preparation pays an important role in infection control
  • What your personal responsibilities are when it comes to hygiene maintenance
Client Consultation and Communication, Preparing Your Client
  • The best way to establish exactly what the client want
  • How to offer your client guidancea
  • Why you should give your clients instruction in nail care
  • How to maintain a good relationship with your client
How to perform a Manicure
  • What supplies you will need to perform a manicure
  • How to shape the nails
  • The best way to deal with cuticles
  • How to make each manicure perfect every-time
How to Perform a Pedicure
  • What you need to perform a pedicure
  • How to remove old nail polish
  • The best way to take care of cuticles and calluses
  • How to polish the nails
Artificial Nail
  • What equipment you need to do artificial nails
  • How to add plastic nail tips
  • How to make sure that nails are the right length for acrylic tips
  • How to perfectly finish off acrylic nails
Gel Overlay
  • What you need to do gel overlays
  • How to best prepare the nails for gels
  • How to apply acrylic gels
  • How to make sure you achieve great gel overlays every-time
Gel Nail
  • What gel nails are and why they’re so popular.
  • The tools / equipment you will need to do this technique
  • Step-by-step guide to doing gel nails
  • Includes detailed instructional videos
Nail Tips (Shaping and Painting & Artificial Tips)
  • What equipment you need to do nail tips
  • Tips for creating great nail tips
  • How to do artificial nail tips
  • How to maintain nail tips
Basic Nail Art
  • How to prepare nails for nail arta
  • About the importance of the base coat
  • Where to find inspiration for nail art designs
  • About different types of nail art
Nail Maintenance
  • How to maintain manicures
  • How to use cuticle oil to fix nicksa
  • How to make a pedicure last longerAbout Saving Water for Conservation
  • When it is time to add another top coat
Health and Hygiene
  • About ensuring your premises is clean and fit for use
  • How to make sure you keep your area well ventilated
  • About keeping your equipment safe and hygienic
  • About public health bodies you should be familiarizing yourself with
An Introduction to Salon Management
  • What running a salon entails
  • Why you need to consider tax and your business set up
  • Why tracking costs are going to be vital to your success
  • Why customer relations is going to be one of your top priorities
Start a salon, become a mobile technician, or work for someone else?
  • What options are available to you if you wish to per-sue self-employment
  • The benefits and pitfalls of starting your own salon
  • The benefits and pitfalls of becoming a mobile technician
  • The benefits and pitfalls of working for a salon
Setting up a Salon and Red Tape
  • About creating a business plan and finding finance
  • How to find the perfect location for salon
  • What you need to know about taxes and VAT
  • What requirements and regulations you must abide by
Salon Decoration
  • What type of environment you should aim to create
  • About the importance of creating a waiting area
  • What lighting options you have and how they affect the ambience
  • About creating a salon display
Marketing Your Nail Salon / Service
  • Why branding is so important
  • How to create a website for your business
  • How to promote your business via social media
  • Why print advertising can still be an effective means of advertising
Setting Your Pricing
  • What you need to consider when setting your prices
  • How to create deals that don’t ruin your profits
  • When you should increase your prices
  • How to promote your offers / deals
Merchandising & Your Salon
  • Which products your salon should carry
  • How to showcase your products
  • When and How to Alter Your Merchandising
  • Tips for increasing your sales
Employees and Staffing
  • How to advertise for staff
  • Employment law basics
  • How much to pay staff
  • How to train your staff
Customer Relationship Management
  • How CRM works
  • What you can do with the CRM data gathered
  • How to choose the right CRM software
  • How to use CRM to your advantage
Managing Cost
  • The costs associated with starting a salon
  • The Ongoing Expenses Associated with Running a Salon
  • How much you can expect to make after these costs
  • The best way to keep costs down
Forms and Record Keeping
  • What kind of forms salon owners need
  • About book keeping for salon owners and mobile technicians
  • Whether you should use an accountant for your bookkeeping
  • How you should track transactions