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When it comes to nail technician qualifications within the UK, they don’t get more popular than the NVQ. With four levels to train to, NVQs are ideal for giving you both practical training and for teaching you everything you need to know about the industry. They are not the only qualifications available, but typically they are one of the best and most recognised throughout the country.

Who Creates NVQs?

The courses for each NVQ level are designed by people who have worked within the industry and who know a lot about it. They know all about the services that clients want, the potential health and safety problems that can occur and both the simple and the advanced treatments that are available. They have put together standards that need to be followed which will ensure that you have the minimum amount of knowledge needed to provide the best service to the public.

Are NVQs Really the Best Qualifications?

The main reason why NVQs are known to be the best type of qualifications is because they do teach you everything that you need to know. They don’t just sit you in a classroom and talk to you about treatments and customer service – they actually allow you to learn practically too. The only way you can truly learn something is by doing it yourself and NVQs give you the chance to do that.

You will find that in order to start work within a nail salon you will need to be trained to at least NVQ level one or the equivalent of it. It is possible that a company will hire you based on the condition that you train for your level one NVQ whilst you are working for them. However, generally it would be a good idea to gain the NVQ level one qualification before you apply. It will basically teach you everything you need to be an assistant in a nail salon. Basic consultations, simple treatments and help with preparation will all be covered in this basic starter course.

Once you have gained your NVQ level one, you then have the option to move on to the level two qualification. This is advisable as it teaches you how to perform treatments on your own. Obviously if you want to be a nail technician you will need to be able to work unsupervised. So gaining at least a level two is a good idea.

Level three is something that only advanced nail technicians need to worry about. It will train you to supervisor status and teach you more in depth methods and better customer service skills.

Overall NVQs will teach you everything you need to know to get into the nail industry. Training to at least level two is advised. It is worth knowing that new treatments and techniques are constantly being introduced and so further training and education within the industry will always be expected from you.


Cosmetology is quite a new subject that you can now choose to take at college or university. Involving the study of nails and nail technician procedures, it is ideal for those who would love to become a qualified nail technician in their career.

It didn’t used to be compulsory to have a qualification to work with artificial nails. However as the popularity of them grew and new procedures were introduced, it was decided that only qualified professionals should apply the nails. So what does cosmetology involve?

Cosmetology Education and Training

When you choose to study cosmetology you will usually learn more about procedures, the history of artificial nails and nail shaping techniques to name just a few. You will learn everything you need to know in a classroom environment and this will go on for a set amount of hours.

Once you have done a little theory, you will then be given practical training followed finally by a practical exam. If you pass this exam you will be given your state license and you will be able to apply for a qualified nail technician’s job.

It is required by every state in America that you have a state license. The requirements will differ depending entirely upon which state you reside in but technically your college should cover them.

Further Education and Training

Training for a job as a nail technician does not end once you have your state license. You will find that many beauty salons have their own range of products which require specialist knowledge to use them correctly. So your college training may have taught you the basics when it comes to artificial nails and their techniques, but there could still be many things that you need to learn.

It is usually the company that you work for who will pay for any additional training. However that will depend upon what the training is for. If it is to use their products then it is likely that they will train you up themselves. Or if they don’t have the time then they will pay for your training. However, if the further skills gained for training is not something that they necessarily need right now then they may tell you that it is your responsibility to pay for the training.

It would certainly be advisable to look into additional training no matter who is going to end up paying for it. This is because the more skills that you have the more in demand you will be and the higher the salary you could potentially get.

Overall there will always be new opportunities opening up in the artificial nail world. This is because the industry is fairly new and so more products and techniques are likely to be developed. So if you are interested in becoming a professional nail technician then don’t forget to enrol yourself in your local cosmetology class!