Manicure Diploma

Nail Courses

The Manicure Diploma course is designed for those of you looking to take the first steps to offering a nail service. You will learn the skills necessary to offer a standard, luxury, spa and mini manicure to clients, family and friends.

You will receive:

  • Certified Manicure Diploma

  • Accredited by IPHM Holistic Accreditation Board and ABT

  • Full tutorial support throughout

  • No time limits, you have access for life to the course.

  • Practical and theory knowledge

  • 24 video tutorials

  • 4 downloadable ebooks to enhance your learning techniques

  • Study via PC, tablet or mobile

  • Full Professional kit available if needed

  • Able to obtain professional insurance upon completion enabling you to offer services to clients

  • FREE NUS Totem Student Card



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Course Description



Paying in Full: £20


A full professional kit can be added for £140



Once you have purchased your course you will be granted access to our online education platform where you will find your tutorial videos and eBooks. The courses can be studied via desktops, tablets and mobiles so you can study anytime, any place!

The Manicure Diploma course is broken into four modules (outlined below). Each module consists of a series of units which consist of a video to watch and a corresponding section of the ebook. At the end of each unit you will find a set of multiple choice questions. Once you complete these with the required mark you will be able to progress onto the next unit. There is no limit to the amount of times you can take the test.

Once all units in a module are completed , it will be marked as complete and the next one will open for you.

Upon completion of all the modules you will be asked to upload evidence of your practical work. Essentially this is before and after photos of your work which will then be reviewed by your tutor who will feedback any areas of improvement where necessary. If all is well they will confirm you have passed the course!

Your Diploma Certificate will then be made available for download via the portal and stored for you. 

* Please note that a training kit will be required for completion of the practical elements. You are free to use your own materials if you have them, if not we can provide them for you. Check the list at the bottom of this page to see the materials required. *



Unit 1: Personal Standards and Practice

In this unit you will learn the importance of personal standards and what is expected of you as a professional working within the industry.

Unit 2: Hygiene

In this unit you will learn the basic hygiene rules to be followed, how to prevent cross infection and contamination, what sanitisation and sterilisation is and what methods to use as well as contagious skin condition.

Unit 3: Effective Communication with Clients

In this unit you will learn about customer and client care, how to build relationships with clients, how to effectively communicate with clients and deal with client dissatisfaction. We will also cover client consultation which is an important aspect for all professionals.

Unit 4: Business Promotion

In this unit you will be provided with business ideas, how to price treatments as well as how to work within a salon and as a self employed therapist.

Unit 5: Preparation of the Work Area

In this unit you will learn how to create a comfortable and professional work area covering the four basic principles.

Unit 6: Health & Safety Legislations

In this unit you will learn how to take care of all in the workplace as well as the latest health and safety legislations to ensure you are working in compliance and safely.

Unit 7: Insurance

In this unit you will learn the importance of insurance and how to gain it, disposal of waste and data protection act.

Unit 8: Being Effective at Work

In this unit you will learn job roles, responsibilities and working relationships as well as communication, effective teamwork and development within job roles.

Unit 9: Promoting Products & Services

In this unit you will learn the importance of retail sales, positive product promotion and sales techniques.

Unit 10: Retail Specific Legislation

In this unit you will learn all the current legislations specific to retail, product promotion and gaining client feedback.

Unit 11: Reception Duties

In this unit you will learn the importance of personal standards and what is expected of you as a professional working within the industry.

Unit 12: Taking Payments and Methods

In this unit you will learn how to deal with different payment methods and taking payments from clients.


Unit 1: Structure of the Nail

In this unit you will learn the factors which effect nail growth (internal and external) as well as the structure of the nail itself and the function of each.

Unit 2: Bones and the Muscular System

In this unit you will learn the main bones in the hand and lower arm, the muscular system (including the main muscles of the hand and arm) and the blood supply to the hand and arm.

Unit 3: Skin Types and Structure

In this unit you will learn the main skin types, the functions of the skin, the structure of the skin and the functions of each layer.

Unit 4: The Lymphatic System

In this unit you will learn the different types of bones, posture, anatomical terms, as well as the names of the bones.


Unit 1: Skin Diseases/Disorders

In this unit you will learn the five most common skin diseases and disorders as well as what a contra-indication is.

Unit 2: Nail Diseases

In this unit you will learn the six most common nail diseases and be able to confidently identify them.

Unit 3: Nail Disorders

In this unit you will learn the twelve most common nail disorders and be able to confidently identify them.


Unit 1: Preparation and Products

In this unit you will learn the different manicure treatments, products and equipment, specific consultation points as well as preparation of the client and work area.

Unit 2: Manicure Treatment and Techniques

In this unit you will learn the different nails shapes, how to file professionally, cuticle work and buffing, specialised treatments to be used in a luxury manicure, the benefits of massaging, massage movements and correct polish application.

Unit 3: Manicure Procedure

In this unit you will learn the correct procedure for a luxury manicure, massage routine and how to adapt the treatment for a male client.

Unit 4: Contra-Actions and Aftercare

In this unit you will learn what a contra action is and how to identify it. You will also learn about aftercare advise.


To complete the practical elements of the course you will need various components/materials. If you do not have them you can add on the full kit required for the course. Below are the products provided in the kit:

  • PN Pro Vit Polish Remover (100ml)
  • Edge Sanitising Spray (250ml)
  • SB Plastic Rubber Ended Hoof Stick
  • Streaker Cuticle Knife
  • Streaker 4" Cuticle Piler
  • SP Sanitising Gel Lemon Grass (300ml)
  • Kaeso Mirror Shine Buffing Cream (30ml)
  • Kaeso Cuticle Massage Cream (95ml)
  • Kaeso Main Kit consisting of:
  • Cranberry Sensation Hand Lotion (250ml)
  • Mulberry & Pomegranate Scrub (95ml)
  • WILD Berry Mask (250ml)
  • Red Berry Splash Soak (195ml)
  • Pink Grapefruit Drizzle Hygiene Spray (195ml)
  • Kaeso Cuticle Remover (195ml)
  • Barbicide Solution (16floz)
  • Manicure Barbicide Jar
  • Kaeso Juicy Drops (15ml)
  • Meltblown Lint Free Wipes (200)
  • PN Mani Bowl & Soak Off Bowl (Non Spill)
  • IBD Advanced Wear Lucky Red (14ml)
  • IBD Advanced Wear Naturally Beautiful (14ml)
  • IBD Advanced Wear Whipped Cream (14ml)
  • IBD Advanced Wear Top Coat (14ml)
  • IBD Advanced Wear Base (14ml)
  • Edge Black Beauty File 240/240gt (10pk)
  • Deo 6" Orange Sticks (10pk)


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