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Certificate III in Nail Technology

  • Qualification:

    Certificate III

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced; up to 12 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) (RTO 90197)

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What you'll learn

About this course

Get qualified as a nail technician and learn how to deliver high quality, specialised nail services to your clients.

Offered online by Open Colleges in conjunction with ICM Training, this Certificate III in Nail Technology (SHB30315) course is ideal for anyone wanting to formalise their knowledge and skills in nail technology or those with no experience who want to kick-start their career. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner in the industry, this course will help you excel!

Covering everything from nail and beauty services to safe hygiene practices and business acumen, this online course will give you a thorough education designed for real world application.

Other course benefits include a complementary nail art kit, manicure and pedicure kit and a gel and acrylic kit with UV lamp, provided to you as you progress through the course modules.

Work placement

To successfully complete this certificate III course, you will need to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of practical work placement in an appropriate workplace, supervised by a qualified staff member.

Depending on your placement, you may be required to obtain a number of checks including a National Police Check, Working With Children Check or First Aid Certificate.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old; AND
  • Have completed Year 10; OR
  • Hold a qualification at certificate II level or higher; OR
  • Have two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Areas of study

In this nail technology course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • SHBBNLS004 - Apply nail art
  • SIBBNLS202A - Provide manicure and pedicure services
  • SHBBINF001 - Maintain infection control standards
  • SHBXWHS001 - Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
  • SHBXIND001 - Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
  • SIBBRES201A - Research and apply beauty industry information
  • SHBXCCS002 - Provide salon services to clients
  • SHBXCCS001 - Conduct salon financial transactions
  • SHBBNLS002 - Apply gel nail enhancements
  • SHBBCCS001 - Advise on beauty products and services
  • SHBBNLS003 - Apply acrylic nail enhancements
  • SHBBNLS005 - Use electric file equipment for nail services
  • BSBSMB304 - Determine resource requirements for the micro business
  • SHBBNLS006 - Apply advanced nail art
  • ICTWEB201 - Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate III in Nail Technology (SHB30315) from ICM Training.

With the knowledge you gain through the course content, combined with the practical experience you'll build through your placement, you'll have a well-rounded education to pursue a career as a nail technician.

Curious about where a career in beauty therapy could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Retail Cosmetic Assistant
  • Beautician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Therapist
  • Senior Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Senior Hairdresser
  • Salon Manager or Owner

Payment options & support

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Pay in weekly instalmentsPay in full
Pay just $71.92 per week with a $100 depositPay $3,072 upfront and save 20%


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