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Certificate III in Nail Technology

  • National Course Code: SHB30315
  • TAFE NSW code: SHB30315-01V02-21ULT-001

Location – Ultimo

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

17 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 with another string in your beauty bow to become a nail technician. Learn to make people feel their polished best, express your creativity and use your skills in a beauty salon or start your own business.


Through theoretical and practical course work you will 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


Sharpen the personal attributes that will help you get ahead in this creative career:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Professional integrity
  • Creativity with high attention to detail


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • A strong foundation to start your own nail technician business

Career outcomes and job roles:

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


Take your beauty career further:

  • Certificate III in Make-Up
  • Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • Certificate IV Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma of Intense Pulsed Light and Laser for Hair Reduction


The beauty care industry is one of the fastest growing consumer markets in Australia and the number of Beauty Therapists is expected to grow very strongly with around 25,000 job openings over 5 years to 2023.

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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Nail Technology as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can design the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the beauty 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, it is recommended that you:

  • Are comfortable practising your skills on your peers and members of the public, and allowing your peers to practice their skills on you
  • Are comfortable touching hands and feet for manicures and pedicures
  • Have professional integrity
  • Are able to manage your time
  • Have safe, hygienic practices and a high level of personal presentation

Due to the nature of this course, you will be working with a range of chemicals used in acrylics and gels.

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 successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to successfully complete this qualification you will attend face to face and online classes for three days per week for 18 weeks. You will have unstructured learning activities including: online revision, assignment preparation and private study. You will complete 15 units of study to gain the Certificate 3 Nail Technology qualification.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 17 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 11.3 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 non-facilitated/undirected learning. This includes learning the student may undertake for revison of content, research and preparations of assessments. Unstructed learning for this qualification comprises of: online revisions, private study and assignment


This course offering is designed for people who:

The Certificate III Nail Technology will be predominantly for learners wanting to undertake study n Nail Technology. This is an ideal pre-employment course for learners who want to be an independant Nail Technician. Learners will range from youth to mature aged students.

The outcome of the Certificate III Nail Technology SHB30315 qualification is intended to reflect the role of individuals employed as a Nail Technician working as a sole trader or in a clinic/nail salon. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are competent in interacting with customers, providing a range of nail services which may include retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and beauty/nail clinics and studios.
Work would be undertaken in retail outlets and in the wider beauty industry.

Some participants may have completed a part qualification or skill set in Hairdressing or Beauty and/or completed on the job experience and this will permit them to be applicable for recognition of prior learning. The learners with auto credit/RPL will then only be required to attend the face to face sessions of the units they are required to complete to gain the Diploma qualification. Some study may be undertaken by these learners off campus or self-directed. Allowance is made for the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English. Work is typically as a nail technician, nail artist self employed, beauty salons, waxing clinics, brow bars, nails salons and some hairdressing salons where these services are offered.


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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am 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 an advanced Nail Tech kit approx $500 to complete your Nail Technology course and allow you to practise clients/friends as part of learning requirements outside of class hours. The kit becomes the property of the learner. All consumables and basic nail tools are provided for you.

You will also be required to purchase a tshirt $35.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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
SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

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

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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