Creating beautiful nails is fast becoming one of the most popular treatments in beauty therapy. Whether for a wedding, everyday wear or to improve weak or bitten nails, the expert services of skilled Nail Technicians are in demand in a growing number of nail bars, beauty salons, health clubs, spas, and hairdressers. You can charge up to £40 for a set of enhanced nails and with your costs being less than £3 you understand how many Nail Technicians are running a lucrative busines by working from home or visiting customers. Have you got the talent to be a Nail Technician? Our Nail Courses are specifically designed to unlock that talent in the fastest, most convenient way. All you need add is your time and enthusiasm and in a matter of weeks you could be joining the growing band of successful Nail Technicians offering this beautiful, practical and profitable service to your clients. Free your talent, let it fly!
Whether you're an absolute beginner or have already got some experience, we have a Nail Course perfectly matched to your level of ability.
|For the beginner
We assume you know nothing about doing nails. You can start the course knowing that nail experts have assembled the tools, products, study material and DVD to provide you with an integrated learning experience that's designed to get you Nail Technician skills fast. We've thought of everything so you don't have to.
|For the novice
Maybe you've done a one or two day nail course, perhaps you've done nails on your friends or relations and now want to be more professional. You can safetly skip much of the 'Foundation' section of the course, moving on to the exercises that speed up and improve your technique and solve common application problems.
|For the working Nail Technician
You might be skilled with Acrylics but have customers demanding Gel nails. You might want to increase you income by offering Airbrushed Nail Art. You might be thinking of the premium that Sculpted pink & white nails command. You might already have a Nail Trainer hand from a previous course, in which case our 'Conversion Courses' are for you. Convert to any one of the nail systems, even Airbrushing and never have to turn a customer away again.
|Why learn at home?|
Distance learning is fast becoming the accepted way to learn new skills. For many people there is no time for conventional classroom courses, you need a course that fits your busy life- style. Learn in the evenings, at week ends, at a time and place to suit you. Avoid the costly and inconvenient travel to and from the classroom and you don't need to find a baby sitter. You get to make your mistakes safely, in private, not on potential paying clients. Relax! Practice as much as you like for as long as you like on the life-like Nail Trainer hand; no 'small talk' required! Take the course at your own pace and watch the video over and over until you understand. There's no pressure from class mates or teacher to hurry up. You're not alone. Unlike many classroom teachers, your video tutor is an expert, but if you should get stuck, unlimited telephone support is included: friendly help is only a phone call or email away.
|How you learn|
Part 1: Foundation
You'll learn about life in a nail salon and you will understand the issues involved with sanitation, salon procedures, nail diseases, different nail systems, tools, chemicals and products.
You will create your first nails. Gina shows you how to hold files and fingers, how to prepare the nail and create the extension. All the techniques are shown slowly and then at a speed you might achieve in a salon. You copy what you see on your own Nail Trainer.
Part 3: Working the Whole Hand
You bring together all the techniques you have mastered and learn some of the tricks of the trade. Saving your work. The nails you create on the Nail Trainer are detachable, you save them as you work though the course, so on completion our tutors get to see and asses your finished work.
|Getting your certificates|
Your course work
As you work through the course you will be saving the nails at each stage of the nail build on our unique progress cards. You'll also have practised up to 60 sets of nails, perfecting the techniques you've learnt. You'll have answered up to 8 question papers and had one to one coaching over the phone or email.
Assessing your work
Please note that we will only assess work, and issue certificates sent to us by the original purchaser of the course unless agreed by us in advance. Under some circumstances it is possible to transfer a course, for example an unused course to another family member, but please phone us to arrange this first.
If you buy a second hand course from ebay, for example, you will have to purchase the assessment for that course separately for which there is a charge of 95 pounds. This buys you: telephone support, special prices on any additional Nail Trainer nails and extension tips you might need, assessment of your work, issue of re-take cards, products and re-assessment if you fail, issue of your certificate and membership of 'Aspire' when you pass.
We strongly advise you to call us first before buying a second hand course as many will have used, out of date, or missing items, some may have payments outstanding under our 'pay as you learn' scheme. You may well end up spending more to get a complete course than if you had bought a brand new course.
Successful Graduates make successful Nail Technicians! The Essential Nails Diploma In Nail Technology Courses have been available for over six years, in that time we have trained thousands of Nail Technicins our growing band Graduates are testiment to the quality and integrity of the training structure and have put Essential Nails at the forefront of nail training in the UK. This is what a few of them have to say:
"I have always been interested in nails just never had the time to commit to a course which required you to attend a class. Last September I did a search on the Internet for a Home learn course and was pleasantly surprised to see that these courses actually existed.There were a few companies that offered the Gel Nail Course, but after a lot of research and reading the testimonials about Essential Nails I knew this was the company for me.The Essential Nails Team are extremely friendly and helpful, always wanting to do the best for you! Whether it's the sales or support line you are after you're sure to get the best service possible...........read more.
"I would just like to say a huge thank you to Essential Nails for the wonderful courses and customer service. As a mother, with two young children, the home learn courses have been an absolute dream to me. I now get to study around my children, in my own time, for the career i've always wanted. The staff at Essential Nails are always happy to help if I ever need a push in the right direction and their friendly manner makes you feel like nothing would be too much trouble for them."
"I am 42yrs old, married with 5 children. I am currently an aerobics instructor, but have a damaged achilles tendon and so needed a new business where i could learn quckly and start earning right away. I have managed to jugle family life with work only because of the flexible Nail Technician Courses from Essential Nails, so basically with all the amazing support I have had from Nathalie and Sarah, as well of course as the AMAZING courses you have provided, in only 3 months I have finished my training and am launching a business..... YOU ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!."
"I am 32 years old, married and Mummy to Joshua-James. I have always worked with children as a nursery nurse and childminder, but when my son recently started fulltime school I decided it was time for a career change.
"In many ways the courses are perfect for learning to compete, because the tuition is so technique based. The level of detail and volume of practice is fantastic. For me the Essential Nails Diploma course has been a great platform from which to innovate and become a competition winning nail technician."
Sue is an acrylic overlay, sculpt and airbrush distinction graduate who now has her own salon. Sue's husband Andy has completed the acrylic overlay course, also gaining a distinction.
"For someone who is thinking of becoming a nail technician I would absolutely recommend the Essential Nails Diploma Courses. In all honesty I wouldn't recommend anyone else. They provide you with everything you need to become an excellent nail tech."
"The techniques I learnt prepared me perfectly for the salon, which is where I'm working now, after just a few weeks with The Diploma Course."
"I always wanted to become a nail technician, but as I worked full time my dream seemed out of reach. Thanks to Essential Nails my dream is now reality."
"After completing my classroom course, I tried to do extensions on a friend and it was a complete disaster. 3 Days after getting the Essential Nails Diploma Course I did a fantastic set of nails and was thrilled to bits."
• Passing the course, entitles you to automatic membership
of 'Aspire', our club for qualified Nail Technicians. Aspire members enjoy 20%
discount on Dream Nail Products, access to business help and special offers. See
for more information.
* Omitted in the conversion course.
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We are pleased to offer a stage payment option on all of our Nail Courses, we call this "Easy Learn, Easy Earn". Many of our students spread the cost over several months, it's easy, quick and you can start your course in a matter of days.
We can advise on all of the available monthly options over the phone and you can reach us on 01440 820 999 8am - 6pm (Mon - Fri) or you can enrol on a Course right away by selecting the monthly payment option (6 equal payments) at the online checkout.
Passed this course with 100% distinction. YAY! Really enjoyed it. moving on to the other course very soon. Cant wait to get stuck in . Would definitely recommend it.
Sara , Essex
Aug 9 2013
I had so much fun with this course! I passed with 100% distinction and was so happy! You are supplied with everything you need in big quantities so you don't need to worry about buying anything. Thank you EN x
Lindsay Johnson , Essex
Aug 3 2013
Have passed this course with 100% distinction. Really enjoyed it. Was great learning how to use the tools and products correctly. Would definitely recommend it.
Donna , Aberdeen
Apr 17 2013
I have just finished this course which I absolutely loved! I have now taken on the Tokyo course because I loved it that much! The DVD was so easy to follow and will be taken more course!
Kaylz , Scotland
Mar 11 2013
I love this course and it so easy to follow the DVD I will be doing more courses once I have finished this one :)
sarah , durham
Feb 24 2013
I would fully recommend this course, this is my first course with EN and I have loved every min of it. EN are always there if you get stuck and their support is invaluable. I have never done anything like this before but I am totally hooked now. I have just received my certificate in the post and was so excited and thrilled with my 100% pass and distinction. I have now just started the master tech freehand nail art and am still getting the same buzz. Thank you EN for all your support and for the brilliant courses.
Cheryl Kneebone , Truro Cornwall
Feb 11 2013
I would highly recommend this fabulous course . The essential nails team is 100% supportive whether it be by email or facebook . The stokes used are a great starting block and builds up confidence for more advanced nail art . also improves your polish technique . Money well spent
Terri , westmeath
Feb 7 2013
This is my first course that I've completed with EN. I passed with flying colours and I'm itching to do more! Thankyou to Sarah and all the staff at EN for your endless support.
Savannah , Lancing, West Sussex
Feb 13 2012
I recommend this course to everyone who is interested in nail art, even if you feel you cannot draw, (like me). I am so happy I took this as I am now the proud owner of a Distinction. I am no where near as good as Jacqui and Kirsty but getting my certificate makes me want to do more. Thank you for the time and effort in making the video and making this possible for me. I look forward to getting my next pass (Distinction)
Bev , London
Nov 15 2011
This course was brilliant, I passed with100% distinction very happy :) enjoyed every minute of this nail art course. Would recommend anybody.
Fiona Ferguson , Orpington, kent
Nov 14 2011
This is a fantastic course, I enjoyed every minute highly recommend this course to anyone that is wanting to learn the basics in nail art!!
lorraine watts , Rushden
Sep 11 2011
This was a really great course to do, to learn the techniques and designs of nail art.
jenna , scotland
Sep 2 2011
i love this course, when i bought it i had no idea about nail art! it explains everything and it makes it so easy! i love nail art and this course is a big help!
maria tseva , Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 2 2011
started this course two weeks ago and i think it is fabulous i am not ver artistic but doing these steps from the dvd i feel more confident xxx
jennifer clayton , blackpool
Sep 1 2011
This course is fab, it has really easy to understand DVD and its so enjoyable learning all the techniques and there is always so much help if you get stuck with anything. I didn't know the 1st thing about nails but now i am enjoying more courses with essential nails :) love this course and love the site :) 10 out 10 for sure :)
Michelle Samuel , Darlaston, West Midlands
Jun 10 2011
This was the first course i started just wanted to see if i had a flare at it,and i did!!! i loved every minute of the course jackie and kristy are brill!! once youve learnt the techs u can do anything,they have taught me so much that iam going on every course i can!!! so thankyou so much essential nails ur brill!!!!! and good luck to u all x
laura pote , looe
May 8 2011
This course was brilliant. Im not a great artist but the techniques are so easy to learn to create gorgeous nails. I got really hooked on creating my own nail designs.
Faye Dooley , Ireland
Apr 25 2011
this course is amazing, easy to understand and do. The instruction DVD is easy to use and you don't have to be an amazing artist to be able to achieve amazing looking nail art. The service and support is amazing and staff are friendly and easy to talk to, not to mention extremely helpful and professional. All in all an amazing course. A Definite 10.
Aeris Gifford , Devon
Feb 11 2011
Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! What a fantastic course, I loved every minute of it. I completed the course in 2 days, I just couldn't put it down. I am well and truly completely addicted to Nail Art. This course shows you how to do all those lovely designs you see that make you say 'Wow, I wish I could do that!' Really easy to follow instructions, thank you Jacqui and Kirsty for showing me the know how, and thank you to the rest of the team for the telephone support when I needed it. I am so pleased, I passed with a 100% mark and received a distinction :) You have to do this course, it's by no way easy and does require patience and practice but if you are the creative type, I am sure you will get great pleasure from it. It definitley teaches you all the basics you need to produce stunning artwork. Good luck and enjoy!
Claire Luzny , Ipswich
Jan 17 2011
This is the 2nd course that I have done now with Essential Nails and my Nail Airbrushing Course is waiting for me to start it as my husband has bought it me for Xmas. I absolutely loved every minute of doing this course I must of watched the DVD about 50 times with Jackie and Kirsty showing you step by step how to create some fantastic designs. The 20 that Jackie shows you how to create are great fun to do and once you start you can't stop. It even teaches you Nail Piercing and attaching Nail Charms. The products that you receive with the course are of the highest quality and are easy to work with. I've just submitted my Nail Art Course Nails for marking today so Im really nervous as to whether I pass. I would definitely recommend this course to my friends, family and others. <3
TRACEY JAYNE BLAY , MANCHESTER
Dec 3 2010
Just recieved my certificate 100% distinction!!! i loveeeeeddd the course and i have already completed about 60 other nail art designs from using the products in my kit!! i love it! this is my forth course from essential nails and i cant find a fault on anything, but this course by far is my fave one ive done!!! thank u soooo much for all the support and products! loving creating new designs xx
victoria lavender , chester
Oct 9 2010
Wow, I have just received a phone call this morning and I have passed the Nail Art course with 100% Distinction! I am so pleased with this result and know that my work was so worth it! I loved working on the course, and it certainly kept me quiet (not many things can say that!) It was both fun and enjoyable and really sparked my Imagination, I have been playing around making my own designs even before the paint is dry on the course! A BIG thank you to everyone at EN, Sarah, Nicky, and Jax have all been immensely helpful and you are all fantastic! Thanks again EN!! Will be ordering my next course soon!
Natalie R , Wiltshire
Oct 8 2010
i have just found out i passed my nail art course with 100% distinction, i have loved every single minute of this course and have already started trying out my own designs. the course is very challenging and teaches you all of what to need to about nail art. the nail trainer is a must even for after the course! the girls on the EN facebook group have supported me and still are throughout my courses and gave me the most helpful advice! this was my 2nd course with EN and am currently training in the gel course, have also just ordered the manicure and pedicure and the maintenance course.dont know what id have done without EN they are absolutley fantastic!
di martin , scarborough
Sep 29 2010
hi all, just got my certificate back for nail art course and really pleased I got a distinction with 100%. I really enjoyed this course - love the variety and trying things out on such a small scale - must try out some more but would like a sculpting nail art course!!!! I did the airbrushing course a few years ago and got a distinction with 94% for that so I cannot praise essential nails enough. many many thanks for all the support.
Hilary P , Norfolk
Sep 15 2010
I would just like to thank Sarah and the team at essential nails for this excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was thrilled to receive a telephone call from Sarah saying that I had passed the course with a distinction. I have already passed the acrylic course and am now thinking about doing another.Many thanks for your help and encouragement.
Dawn Jackson , Guernsey
Sep 9 2010
This was a brilliant and fun course and opens up the imagination to do many other designs. It gives you the confidence to try out your own ideas. This was my second course and I find the DVD's and contents excellent value. The best part was getting a phone call to say I passed with Credit.
Mary , Kettering, Northants
Jun 14 2010
I would just like to thank Essential Nails for the Nail art course that I have just completed. It was excellent, great fun, challenging and truly inspirational. Dvd is fantastic and just makes you want to learn more and more. The Nail art kit provides is all that you need to get you started and the Nail trainer is a must. The help from the friendly support team was second to none, always there to help with any enquiry. Fab work girls. Thanks to the excellent quality training and support that Essential Nails has provided me, I now feel confident enough to provide this service, knowing that my skills and ability are now up to a professional standard .. Well done Many thanks again, am looking forward to my next course
Amanda Black , Northern Ireland
Mar 12 2010
This was my forth course with essential nails. It was lots of fun and gives you lots of ideas and inspiration. The dvd is very easy to follow. The couse provides you with a good selection of nail goodies to get you started. I look forward to choosing my next course.
Tracey Wildman , Bedford
Feb 19 2010
This was so much fun... the DVD and manual are easy to follow, and you are provided with great quality products. The test nails inspire your own ideas.. and lets face it, who doesnt want to play with glitter and flowers and actually get paid for it??? Thanks EN for my 100% pass mark...
sue Prescott , South Wales
Feb 4 2010
My husband bought the course for my Christmas present it was the best present I got (some thing I really wanted for a change) I found the DVD very inspiring and excellent to work along with! When I open my kit, it was like opening a treasure chest full of lovely sparkling bits and bobs, I could not wait to get stuck in to it. In fact my Acrylic course work went untouched for a fortnight! I found nail art to be very addictive!!! Well done Essentialnails for putting together yet another great course. I have had nothing but 100% service from you all. Lesley Gray
Lesley Gray , Malvern, Worcestershire.
Jan 20 2010
Nail Art This is the fourth course I have had from essentail nails. My first one was around 7 years ago and launched my carreer as a nail tech. Although I have a fair amount of experience and dabbled in nail art, this course has not only inspired me, it's shown me some new tecniques already. It is the extra tips and tecniques in these courses that give us techs the edge and confidence that I haven't found on other courses. So WELL DONE looks like you've done it agian!!!!!
Dec 23 2009
Nail Art - Another great course. Great reference book with step by step guide & pictures & all the tools & equiptment you will need.
Dec 23 2009
i completed my nail art course within two weeks gaining a destinction certificate i loved doing the course and cant wait to try the airbrush once completion of fiberglass. will work through all the systems but amazing and fun
Dec 23 2009
This Course is GREAT very enjoyable, once i passed my fiberglass
Leanne Hatherall , gloucestershire
Nov 22 2009
I would just like to say how fun this course is, i enjoyed it that much I cant get away from my nail station as i am now constantly adapting the ideas this course gave me. Any serious nail tech should take this course, i am soon to open up my own business thanks to essential nails with these fantastic courses. I intend to do them all =o).
Gemma Branton , Whittlesey
Oct 21 2009
This is the second course i've done by essential nails and I will do many many more as i plan to open a salon. The nail art course is thoroughly enjoyable with great tutorials on the DVD. Its amazing how something looking so intricate and complicated can be made so simple. No wonder Kirsty is a champ her work is totally stunning very inspiring!!!
Jul 7 2009
i ordred my course last week, and have started today i am loveing doing the art nail course i love art and this is a great way to expresss that, i am looking forward to the other classes they offer
Jun 26 2009
i completed my course within two weeks gaining a destinction certificate i loved doing the course and cant wait to try the airbrush once completion of fiberglass. will work through all the systems but amazing and fun
Mar 12 2009
A fantastic course. Everything is clearly explained. Thoroughly enjoyable. I loved it
Mar 10 2009
I am very creative so when I saw this course, I could resist. You learn loads of techniques, you get to create lovely nail designs. I have already passed the airbrushing course with a distinction and I also passed this course with a distinction. I cannot wait to try out the sculptured acrylic course.
Feb 24 2009
i'v ordered mine 2day can't wait to try it out...i'm also eager to do the manicure and pedicure courses which will be coming soon!!!
Feb 19 2009
I cannot wait to get my nail art course delivered it looks brilliant
Feb 13 2009
This was the first course I chose and absolutly loved it. Passed first time now I'm going to do the acrylics. The telephone support is excellent.
Jan 28 2009
A brilliant course so far, 'Essential Nails - you have done it again' 10/10. If you are thinking of studying you have come to the right place and outstanding this course is, step by step, like all other course with this company Ordered my course on 23rd dec and arrived 24th dec, excellent delivery
Jan 14 2009
This is the fourth course I have had from essentail nails. My first one was around 7 years ago and launched my carreer as a nail tech. Although I have a fair amount of experience and dabbled in nail art, this course has not only inspired me, it's shown me some new tecniques already. It is the extra tips and tecniques in these courses that give us techs the edge and confidence that I haven't found on other courses. So WELL DONE looks like you've done it agian!!!!!
Dec 2 2008
Another great course. Great reference book with step by step guide & pictures & all the tools & equiptment you will need.
Nov 29 2008
another fantastic course. great book with step by step guide and pictures. this is a good reference to follow for producing the finished nail. help always available from the team. good range of products. cant wait for the manicure and pedicure course.
Nov 20 2008