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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationMax 12 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Career Outcomes:

  • Nail Technician

If you are looking to become a professional Nail Technician, this course by Open Colleges will give you the skills and knowledge required.

As part of this course you will learn how to:  perform salon quality manicures and pedicures, confidently and competently apply acrylic and gel enhancements, how to start your own micro-business and much more. See below for more information on the units covered.

There is a mandatory work placement requirement of a minimum of 250 hours for this course. The work placement will provide you the opportunity put the skills you learn online into practice.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued with a SHB30321 Certificate III in Nail Technology by Open Colleges (RTO: 90796).

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Job Outcomes

  • Nail Technician

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Mandatory Local Entry Requirements

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package. There are no mandatory Open Colleges entry requirements.

Recommended Local Entry Requirements

  • Are 18 years old (students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend industry terminology, work independently with assistance from a support person where required, extract information from simple text,  and communicate with trainers via email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete Year 10 or ACSF Level 2
  • Access to a modern computer with high-speed internet

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old (students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol).

Physical Requirements

Students will be required to physically massage the client during a treatment

Equipment and tools

This course requires you to have access to specific tools, equipment, and resources.   

Tools and equipment 

Students will need to purchase specific tools and equipment as part of this course. A full list of materials, equipment and tools required for this course can be found here.  

Access to others 

Students will need to work with one or two other people to participate in video or audio roleplays. It is the responsibility of the student to find their own suitable participants for role-plays.


Module 1


Module 2

Working safely in the beauty industry


Module 3

Introduction to nails and enhancements


Module 4


Module 5


Module 6


Module 7

Working in a salon


Module 8


Module 9


Module 10


Module 11


Module 12


Module 13


Assessment details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assessments

*Please note that recognition of prior learning may be available. 


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.