Acrylic Nail Course

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Acrylic Nail Course

The Essential Nails Acrylic Nail Course is designed to teach you all about how to create great Acrylic Nails, either as an overlay over the natural nail for strength and beauty, or over an extension tip to create long, elegant nails. Acrylic Nails have always been an important part of the nail industry and are one of the most sought-after nail enhancement treatments amongst clients, so once you have learned the skills you'll be earning great money either working from your own business at home, or as a professional in a salon. You watch the teaching videos and answer the test questions on line and copy what you see on your Nail Trainer practice hand. You then unclip your finished nails and send them to us in the post for assessment and certification. If you want to get started in nails, then this is the course for you. 

Benefits of our Acrylic Nail Course

  • You get a professional accredited qualification
  • You learn at your own pace
  • You get unlimited student support
  • You have options to just start with the tuition and upgrade to the full course at any time. 
  • All the tools and products are provided for you to complete the course and get your certificate (full course option).

What will you learn on the Acrylic Nail Course

The course initially covers nail trainer basics, salon skills, chemicals used, health and safety, the parts of the nail and pre-service rules.

Techniques specific for Acrylic Nails.

You then move onto the techniques you will need to learn to make great acrylic nails, such as filing, prepping the nail, tipping, applying acrylic overlay, shaping and finishing and polishing. 

The conclusion of your Acrylic Nail Course

The final stage of the course is about practice. You will practice on 5 different nail shapes fitted to thumb and fingers, using the nail trainer. At the end of this part of the nail course, you will have prepped, tipped, blended, applied acrylic, shaped and polished at least 60 sets of nails and will be competent to start working on paying clients.

Finally, you will submit your finished nails to us for assessment and if you’ve reached the required standard of nail technician competency with acrylics, you will be issued your certificate.

A truly practical course. 

  • Unique practical training. You can't be successful in nails without practicing the skills.
  • All tools and products included
  • Unlimited student support
  • Your work is porfessionaly assessed.
  • Certificate is recognised qualification.

If you require further information on this course or any of our other courses, contact us on 01440 844 860

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Course Content

Acrylic Tip & Overlay Course Contents
• The Nail Trainer ® Practice Hand*optional   • Unlimited telephone support   • 2 hour teaching online   • Progress cards   • Assessment and certification   • Re-assessment if you fail.   • 200 x Lint free wipes   • Nail clippers   • Manicure brush   • 11ml Red Polish   • 11ml Top coat   • 100ml Sanitiser   • 20ml Tip adhesive   • 5 x Glue nozzles   • File and buffer pack   • 10 x Table towels   • Stainless steel cuticle pusher   • Kolinsky Acrylic brush   • Dappen dish   • 70gm salon powder   •  200ml Acrylic liquid   •  Cuticle oil   • 100 practice nails   • 100 extension tips   • acid free nail primer

Passing the course, entitles you to automatic membership of 'Aspire', our club for qualified Nail Technicians. Aspire members enjoy 10% discount on Professional Nail Products, access to business help and special offers. See for more information.

*Nail Trainer Hand Optional Extra.

Acrylic Overlay Course Syllabus. Essential Nails is the only distance learning provider...


Acrylic Overlay Course Syllabus.
Essential Nails is the only distance learning provider that require students to submit finished nails for assessment and certification. Thus ensuring that a holder of a EN certificate has proved competency in producing nails to a high standard.

The course is split onto three parts; Foundation, Essential Techniques and Working the Whole Hand.

Part 1, Foundation;

You watch the video, read sections of the manuals, answer the question papers and where appropriate, practice on the Nail Trainer.


By the end of this section you will be able to;
Understand why clients want nail enhancements, and their advantages.
Identify the different nail systems and their advantages and disadvantages.
Understand the basics of being a Nail Technician.
Understand the advantages of learning from home and the route to getting qualified as a Nail Technician.

Getting ready to learn.

At the end of this section you will have learnt all about the following subjects;
The contents of the kit of tools and products, what they are and what they do, specifically;
Acrylic Liquid. Acrylic powder. Cotton pads. Cuticle massage oil. Nail Adhesive. Nail Polishes. Top coat. Extension Tips. Nail sanitizer. Primer. Kitchen towels. Extender nozzles. Buffers. Kolinsky Sable brush. Cuticle pusher. Manicure brush. Files. Nail clippers. Dappen dish.

The Nail Trainer, time management and practice regime.

The outcome of this section will be that you'll understand how the Nail Trainer works and how its vital to learn and practice in a logical and consistent manner.

Salon Skills.

At the end of this section you will understand;
How you create a professional attitude, personal appearance and surroundings.
Why your appearance is important.
What qualities make a professional nail technician.
About good personal hygiene.
How prepare for and greet the client.
About good manners, courtesy and communication.
About how to deal correctly with colleagues.
About ethics in the work place.
About retail sales.

Chemicals - hazards and safety procedures.

In this chapter you will learn all about the chemicals used in the Nail Salon.
At the conclusion you will understand fully;
About the safe use of nails tools, specifically the file, buffers, sensitisation, electric files, UV lamps, tip removers, primers, acetone, gel prep, wipe off, acrylic liquids, accelerators, tip glues, acrylic powders.
About the safe storage, use and disposal of nail products and chemicals.
The risks of exposure to chemicals, both for you and your client.
The health hazards of dust and vapour through ingestion, inhalation, and absorption.
The basic chemical reactions that occur in the different nail systems; acrylic, gels and fibreglass.

Health and safety procedures.

At the end of this section the learner will know about;
Disease and bacteria.
Infection, why it happens and how to avoid it.
The differences between Sanitation, Disinfection and Sterilisation.
How to handle nail tools to eliminate cross contamination.

The parts of a nail.

Following completion of this section the learner will understand;
The names for different parts of the nail, how the nail grows and the different nail shapes.
About common nail diseases, how to recognise them and what to do about them.
About common nail diseases, those that can be dealt with by a Nail Technician and those that cannot.

Pre-service rules.

At the conclusion of this section the learner will understand how to work through the pre-service check list before offering a service to the client.

Part 2 - Essential Techniques

In Part 2, you work through the practical aspects of learning nails. Working on the Nail Trainer practice had you are lead through a number of learning and practice lessons to build your hand-eye co-ordination, improve and speed up your technique and gain confidence.

Basic techniques - filing. In this section the learner will learn how to hold the file correctly, to minimise repetitive stress disorder and maximise filing accuracy and efficiency.
The correct techniques are demonstrated and a practice regime suggested.
At the conclusion of this section, the student will be able to file accurately, shaping a nail with perfect symmetry and even pressure using pre-determined file grips and finger positions.

The Acrylic overlay - 6 steps to perfect Acrylics.
The learner works on the Nail Trainer creating the extensions on the nails and saving them on special 'progress cards' at each step of the nail build.

Step 1 and 2. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of;
Selecting the correct tools and products for the task.
Removing any old polish.
Preparing the natural nail to take the product.
The speed required to complete the task in a salon.
Preparing at least 10 nails, which are saved for assessment.

Step 3. Tipping. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Choosing the correct sized tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Sizeing the width of tip
Cleaning the tip's well.
Applying glue to tip.
Judging the correct amount of glue.
Placing the tip on the nail - the correct angle.
How to minimise air pockets.
Gluing times.
Cutting the tip.
Streamlining the left edge of the tip.
Streamlining the right edge of the tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Thinning the free edge of the tip.
Blending the seam left, centre and right seam.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have tipped, blended and saved for assessment at least 8 nails.

Step 4 applying the Acrylic. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Cleaning and priming.
The correct way of holding your brush.
Cleaning and Wetting the brush.
Forming the Acrylic ball.
The different nail zones.
Applying the Overlay zone 1 - the free edge.
Applying the Overlay zone 2 - nail crown.
Applying the Overlay zone 3 - cuticle
Blend the entire surface.
Cleaning and care of your brush.
Acrylic setting times.
How to check the Acrylic has set.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied acrylic to, and saved for assessment, at least 6 nails.

Step 5. Shaping & finishing to a perfect glass like surface. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
How to recognise the correct shape required.
Streamlining the left and right edges of the nail.
Smoothing the top, middle / left and middle / right.
Buffing and applying cuticle oil.
How to ask for payment.
After application sanitation.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have shaped, and saved for assessment, at least 4 nails.

Step 6, polishing. To enhance and protect. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
Ridge fillers and hardeners.
Nail polishes and applying the polish.
How to mix the polish.
Techniques for a shaky hand.
Top coats, and interlocking to avoid smudging.
Colour combinations and matching complexions.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the polishing techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied polish to, and saved for assessment, at least 2 nails.

Part 3. Working the WHOLE HAND. Improving technique and speed. In this section the student starts practicing on 5 different nail shapes fitted to thumb and fingers. At the end of the section the student will have prepped, tipped, blended, applied Acrylic, shaped and polished at least 6 sets of nails, with a recommended practice regime of completing another 54.

Conclusion. How to submit your question papers and completed nails.
Your test results, ENP certification and route to further skills.

New Acrylic Extensions Course is now online and available direct from Essential Nails


New Acrylic Extensions Course is now online and available direct from Essential Nails

Course Options Description Total Price Course Only With Accessory Acrylic...

Prices & Options

Course OptionsDescriptionTotal PriceCourse OnlyWith Accessory
Acrylic Extensions
Tuition & Theory
This option gives you access to the online portion of the course so you can start at a lower price and upgrade at any point if you wish.
You also have options to upgrade to the Tools & Products option, or upgrading to the Full Course which include Tools, Products and Assessment & Certification.
£49.99 Add Cart Add Cart + Nail Trainer
Acrylic Extensions
Tuition & Theory + Tools & Products
This option gives you access to the online portion of the course so you can start right away.
It also include the Tools & Products that you will need on the course. You can also upgrade to the full course from this option if you would like to add Assessment & Certification.
£139.99 Add Cart Add Cart + Nail Trainer
Acrylic Extensions
Tuition, Theory, Tools, Products, Assessment & Certification
This is the full course option which you can start right away and include the Tools & Products you need for the course and Assessment & Certification. £279.99 Add Cart Add Cart + Nail Trainer
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Suzanne cook - Suffolk

Acrylic course

Highly recommended

Jac - Sheffield


The course so far has been very enjoyable. It means I can get on with things in my own time and the support over the phone has been so helpful and the tutors are so lovely to chat to.

Jackie Ayres - Walton on Thames

Acrylic course

So excited to start my acrylic course with essential nails. Kim was very helpful and friendly so much help

Allie Tapsell - Cambridge


Loved the Acrylic course- it took me a couple of attempts but was so glad of the feedback- Jo has been instrumental in my confidence building - the support and guidance from the team is amazing- Iメve completed two courses so far and on my third- but not f

Amy Dovey - Gloucestershire

Amazing acrylic course!

loved this course everything you needed came altogether in the box you can work at your own pace and if you get stuck the lady's are very very helpful highly recommend this course you literally can not go wrong ;)

rebecca gore - golborne

acrylic course

ive just finnished my first course with EN, and i loved it, the information on the video and in the book was presice and really helped me to understand each step, also the product is of very high quality far better than anything ive been using. i think i wi

Julie Misters - Midlands

Acrylic Course

I throughly enjoyed doing this course it was the 1st course I completed with Essential Nails, I had never even had my own nails enhanced so was a little apprehensive. I needn't of worried because there was always a friendly voice ready to help me out with

Katie - York

Acrylic nails

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Lisa - Augher,co.tyrone,N.ireland


I done acrylic course was really easy to learn Thank you Lisa,we are glad you enjoyed your course

Desrie - West London

Acrylic tips and overlay

this is my 5 course with EN loved doing this course I just got a credit pass and will be doing more courses with EN. THANKS TO THE EN STAFF FOR ALL THEY HELP

Zoe - London

Acrylic nails

I have just ordered the acrylic nails course and I'm super excited to start! I think it's fab that it's finally something I've been interested in doing but at home around the kids and work! Payment plan is brill Thank you for enrolling with us Zoe. Wel

Sarah - Plymouth


Yippee I've just passed my first course ,the acylic course . And I must say I've loved every minute of it . All the hard work I've put in has finally paid off. And I can't wait to start the next course :-) Well done & Congratulations sarah, thank you fo

Jemma - Preston

Fantastic Course

I really enjoyed learning from home. The support was fab and even though it took me 7 months to submit my work I got my pass certificate last week :) Happy days! Now enrolled onto the gel course.

Jade - Marden, Tonbridge

Soo excited!

I can't wait to start my course :) I've always been intrested in nails Thank you for choosing to train with us Jade, enjoy your course

Donna - Aberdeen


Fab course. Liked learning with video at own pace. great support from staff at essential nails. amazed at how well they can see where you are going wrong by listening to you or looking at your work. have passed this course with credit.

tracey morris - United Kingdom

Acrylic Nail Course

Have just received my pass certificate in the the post Congratulations Tracey and well done on all your hard work

Kaylz - Scotland

Fantastic course!

I loved doing this course I just got a credit pass and will be doing more courses. The video is so easy to follow x

tracey morris - United Kingdom

Brilliant course

I started this course about 2 weeks ago

tracey morris - United Kingdom

Brilliant course

I started this course about 2 weeks ago

Holly - Walsall

Acrylic nail course

Ive just finished and sent off my finished acrylic and maintance course, which i hope i have passed in. I really enjoyed it and the ladys at essential nails where always happy to help and really friendly. Id recommend this course to anybody. Gina was

louise - west yorkshire

Acrylic Nail Course

i started this course about 3 weeks ago and i am loving it, i have done my first assesment which i am very proud of, and i have also been doing my friends and my own nails the course is very easy to follow and i cannot wait to finish so i can start anothe

deborah hastings - peterborough

acrylic extensions course

well what can i say , i have been doing this course about 5 weeks now and loved every minute of it , i have already submitted my work and am really hoping i have done well , i have done a lot of practice on the nail trainer and also on friends (all of whi

Maryanne - East Sussex

Acrylic Course

Great course with everything you will need to learn about Acrylic nails, I began last year it was 95% perspiration and determination, I started eight months ago and worked everyday on the course. I found the training easy to follow, with the lovely Sarah her a

Jenna - Hertfordshire

great course, support when needed

This is a brilliant course if you wish to qualify as a nail tech, unfortunatley for me, after i ordered the couse i found it hard to find the time to do it as i have children! Hi , there are no time limits on our courses, so you can take as long as you

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very helpful!

I ordered my course today through the helpline and they were so helpful, pleasant and well lovely! She gave me advise on courses, arranged a payment plan and on dates to suit me! The best customer service i had ever dealt with! Very excited to get started

Karina - Rochester, Kent

Excellent !

Ive just completed this course and passed with distinction !! Worked hard and completed in just a couple of months :) Im now addicted!! cant wait to order another course and im hoping to make a career out of doing Nails now. Thanks to everyone at Essent

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Marcelle Tuckley - Birmingham


So far, I have completeed and passed the Nail Art Course with a distinction and the Acrylic Course with a credit. I am currently working on the Maintenance Course and will go on to the Gels after that. I have never been good at studying but Essential Na

Justin Hustwait - Kettering Northamptonshire

Acrylic Nail Course

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Claire Ingram - Kettering

Acrylic Overlay

Just started this course, it is my first. arrived next day easy to follow step by step video and book, I ama enjoying learning. Thank you

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Acrylic nails course

I've just started this course. I found Sarah is very friendly and helpful and I received my course next day delivery!! Loving it so far.

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Loving it!

I am really enjoying this course. Everyone I have spoke to at Essential Nails has been really friendly and I have had great feedback from my progress card. I cannot wait to get started on the Airbrushing course to go with thse fabulouse Acrylics. Thank y

clare m - kidderminster

Acrylic nail course

I have not long started this course and its amazing, the video is very easy to follow and the course books are very helpful...great course to do!!!

zoe - worthing,west sussex


Hi im really interested in doing a nail course and these sound fab being able to do them in the comfort of my own home, can anyone let me know how they got on doing them because im unsure but dont fancy going to college to do a course because of my job.Th

Nikita swan - stonebridge

nail art

i would like to do this course beacuse it looks good and ive always wanted to do it plus i can make my self a little bit of money

Alison Baillie - Manchester

Acrylic Nail Course

Hi, I've now completed four courses, The Acrylic course, the gel, the maintenance courses and Nail Art. I passed three courses with credit and one course with a distinction. I have to say that the nail art was my favourite, but I loved doing them all. Sar

Stephanie Adeniji - London

Acrylic Nail Course

I took this course and found the instructor on the training video was well gounded and carried you along explaining why some steps need to be taking. Its really wonderful to be able to take the course at home and at ones pace. The course contents are fant

Tracey Wildman - Bedford

Acrylic Nail Course

This was my third course with Essential Nails. I can't believe I am able to train to be a nail tech at home its brilliant!! The course is very informative and helps you to create great nails. Sarah and Nikki have been so helpful since I started trainin

Natasha Carter - Bucks

Fantastic Course!!...

I got this course last year and I loved it from the start, I also did the maintainence course and have almost compleated the Acrylic Sculpting. If it wasnt for Essential Nails I dont think I would have been able to fulfil my dream of being a Nail Technici

kay smith-jeffrey - haverhill, suffolk

acrylic nail course

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Suzy Fligelstone - Stanmore, Middlesex

Fantastic Course

Wow, can't believe I passed with distinction. Thanks to Essential Nails and your fabulous course. Not to mention the great and continuing support you receive all through the course. I found the online video and book both very helpful and the phone support and emai

Corrina Hughes - Scotland

Acrylic course

Would like to say thank you so much to all at essential nails I have started my acrylics course and loving every minute of it even if it is harder and more complex than i thought it would be but its great.

Naomi Doswell - Hastings

fantastic acrylic course

This course is fantastic, you get everything you need, all the help you could wish for......AND you could end up a fully qualified Nail Tech just like me!!! Thanks essential nails. x

Ruby Whitman - Ipswich Suffolk

Acrylic Nail Course

I have always been interested in nails but never had time to go to college ect to be able to complete a course, after alot of research i came across Essential Nails, it looked great, i could start when i want, practice when i want and have flexible paymen

Donna Caldicott - west midlands

Great service and course

I went with Essential nails after speaking to Nikki (customer services) she told me everything i needed to know helped me choose the right course and payment scheme. Delivery was very quick. The course itsself was fab, everything u needed to know and all

Lenna - hackney, london

Acrylic Nail Course.

I was very pleased with the customer service staff, they were friendly and helpful. I ordered the Acrylic nail course, maintenance course and nail art course. All the contents are of high quality and the video is very helpful. The Hand Trainer makes life so

Debbie Broome - Inverness

Looking Good

Delivery was very fast, packaged very well and the communication amazing. I would recommend Essential Nails to everyone wanting to learn. I can not wait to get started now I have everything I need, and I am sure your going to hear from me soon :-)

Debbie Leighton - Bridlington

Acrylic Nail Course

This course is EXCELLENT from placing your order to delivery which is very fast to the products. The products are very superior to other products I have seen online. The people that work at Essential Nails are there to help you and they want you to succee

lorna - Hove

great course

Really great course, great phone support too. course was here the day after i ordered it which was great as i was excited about getting started, Really enjoying it and i can fit it in around family life and dont feel pressure to have it done. When i

Marie Drummond - Dublin

Acrylic course

This course allows you to have practical work assessed; other companies only assess written work, which I find strange. How can you possibly gain a qualification for something that you have no practical experience of. Also the range of follow on courses a

Roddy - cantebury


Wow, I just can not say how good this has been well recommended! I very happy with the course

Josephine Sanchez - devon

Acrylic Nail Course

I wish to thank the whole team for thier help in this course I have just this moment received my email stating that I have passed with a credit and I have two diploma's with Essenial Nails Ltd and now I can get going with a career that I didnt think I cou

michele - Fife


Just got my certificate for the acrylic course and just finished the gel and now doing the airbrush course. The courses are fantastic and i enjoyed every minute. I am now going to get my business cards made and its all thanks to essential nails and their

Jade - w london

Acrylic course

well what can i say!!! so helpful and very understanding, thankyou for all your help a very good course and would recommend to anyone.

Hillary - York

Acrylic course

Really enjoying my course, find it so relaxing when the kids have gone to bed, thanks for your help when i called it is nice knowing you are there if i need you.

hannah - Cornwall

Acrylic course

have recently passed my acrylic course and wanted to share with the world what a fantasic course it is!!!!! all the training materials and support from essential nails was fantastic and am so proud of myself for passing with a mark of credit!! i would rec

linda green - Manchester


fantastic no time limit doing the gel now and the nail art

Cassy - Hull

Acrylic course

This course was very interesting and i've learnt alot it was worth every penny ,Thanks to everyone at essential nails:-)

Jessica - London

Acrylic course

These courses are amazing, you learn everything you need to know about nails, and to top it off i have got my self a great job working in a salon, this time last year i was in a job i hated and now i love what I do. Thanks you.

Sally Stevens - London

Acrylic course

Big thanks for all your help, the acrylic course was laid out really well and really enjoyed it.

Sally Nunn - Norwich

Acrylic course

I have completed my acrylic course, i am now building up a client base and still getting the full support from the Essential nails team, i will be doing more courses. Thanks.

Denise Pot - Surrey

Acrylic course

Thank you Essential nails, really enjoyed the course will be doing more.

Gemma Montgomery - London

Acrylic course

I placed my order yesterday and have just received it today. I want to say how satisfied I am with the service you provided. Delivery was very fast, packaged very well and communication was spot on. I would definitely recommend Essential

Michelle - Bradford

Acrylic course

This is a fantastic course. I didn't study much at school but I got a distinction for my nails and I feel so proud with myself. I can't wait to start seeing my ladies.

Natasha - Cantebury

Acrylic course

I can't say enough good things about this course, everyone was so helpful and I did not feel that I was on my own at all. It was very easy to follow the video and to fit in the training whenever I was free, infact I went on to do the air brush course as wel

Dionne - Auckland New Zealand

Acrylic course

Thanks for your time and thanks again for everything Im very happy with the course :0)

Jaqueline - Somerset

Acrylic course

I looked at lots of courses and decided this was the best one. I'm really pleased I made this decision as I'm now building great extensions and recieving complimnets from both clients and fellow technicians

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