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Certificate III in Nail Technology

  • National Course Code: SHB30315
  • TAFE NSW code: SHB30315-01V02-21LVP-419

Location – Liverpool


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

28 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Nail Technology equips you to become a nail technician or sales advisor in the growing beauty sector. Learn to make people feel their polished best using a range of nail technology to express your creativity in a beauty salon or start your own business.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Provide manicures and pedicures
  • Apply gel nails and acrylic nails
  • Design and apply bespoke nail art
  • Use electric file equipment for nail services
  • Provide salon services to clients
  • Apply safe hygiene and work, health and safety practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Professional integrity
  • Creativity


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Professional skills to work as a freelance nail technician, as part of a retail brand, or in a related hair and beauty business
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong foundation to start your own nail technician business

Career opportunities

  • Nail technician
  • Nail technical or sales advisor
  • Business owner/operator
  • Franchise owner/operator


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Make-Up
  • Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Nail Technology as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the nail technology industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An understanding and willingness to work with a range of chemicals that are used in acrylics and gels
  • Comfort practising your skills on your peers and members of the public, and allowing your peers to practise their skills on you
  • Comfort touching hands and feet for manicures and pedicures
  • Professional integrity
  • The ability to manage your time
  • Safe, hygienic practices and a high level of personal presentation

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • Local level entry requirements are identified at an ACFS level 3 for this qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • As part of this course, you will be required to provide services on paying clients and may also need to provide models for some of your practical classes and assessments.

  • You must comply with Work Health & Safety requirements for classes, including wearing closed in protective footwear and clothing that is clean and professional for the industry.

  • Work Placement is a requirement of this course:
    As part of this course, you will be required to provide services on paying clients and may also need to provide models for some of your practical classes and assessments. You must comply with Work Health & Safety requirements for classes, including wearing closed in protective footwear and clothing that is clean and professional for the industry.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 23rd of June 2021 10:00am to 2:00pm Liverpool College Block M, First Floor, Room MG:18:


This is a full-time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 17 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 11 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Online research tasks, self directed skill development.


This pre-employment Certificate III Nail Technology cohort is targeted at individuals seeking to find employment in the nail industry.
This program will give students the skills to work as part of a team or on a freelance basis to work as a nail technician to provide manicure and pedicare services, including the application of nail art, acrylic and gel nail enhancements.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

You will be required to purchase equipment/tools of trade and personal protective equipment (PPE) at an approximate cost of $450 - $500. Please note that the tool kit is equipment required for the course which you will keep as your own. WH&S requirements for classes: You must wear closed in protective footwear and clothing that is clean and professional for the industry. Non compulsory items: TAFE NSW Hair & Beauty T-shirts are recommended and can be purchased at an approximate cost $20.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements
SHBBNLS002 Apply gel nail enhancements
SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBBNLS005 Use electric file equipment for nail services
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art
BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Nail Technician, Specialist Nail Technician, Beauty Services

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

College Street, Liverpool
Phone 131 601

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