VTCT Level 3 NVQ in Nail Services

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is to confirm your competence in the job role of nail technician. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a nail technician. This course is suited to learners who have nail technology experience and are looking to improve their skills or expand a growing portfolio.


The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a nail technician. This qualification can offer a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn advanced nail technology skills, working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as an advanced nail technician including enhancing and maintain nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

You will also develop your understanding and skills with a number of specialist units which include: designing and creating nail art, enhancing nails with electric files, promoting products and contributing to the financial effects of a business. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills already achieved.

Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail product knowledge. You will develop a range of technical skills in nail enhancements, using a variety of different products, tools and techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

– Working in commercial nail and beauty
– Working in a retail concession / nail bar
– Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Trudy Stanley

Over the last 10 years Trudy has constantly been updating her skills within the beauty industry by completing a rage of courses such as nail technology, nail services, makeup artistry, assessing and educating certificates

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