Level 2 Apprenticeship for Beauty Professionals 
(Nail Services Technician)

Course description

This is a job-ready qualification, based on National Occupational Standards (NOS), which will provide the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work competently as a nail technician.

Designed for beginners with no experience of nail treatments, this course will enable you to provide a full range of hand and foot treatments including gel polish, nail enhancements and basic nail art services. 

You will learn practical and theoretical skills in order to provide nail enhancement services such as liquid and powder, polygel, gel or wraps.

Designed to meet industry standards, IBHA guarantees to deliver over and above the required curriculum and enable you to work to a commercial level. To be able to maintain and manage a nail bar or station and complete promotional activities whilst maintaining professional appearance, brand image, etiquette and required hygiene. Students of this course can to go on to further study beauty therapy.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week within a salon or spa and must be 16 or over. We work with a number of employers within the industry and can help you to find a placement if required. On application you will be invited for an interview.

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Course type
You will attend every Wednesday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 4:00pm on day release from your employer for 20 weeks in total during the 1 year apprenticeship

We work on a roll-on, roll-off programme which means you can join at any time. Please contact us for details of our next available vacancy.

Find out more

This is the perfect way to begin your career in the beauty industry. Learn from our experienced tutors whilst earning a wage and gaining real working experience being employed in a salon or spa. Our unit-based approach means you can complete your training in stages, building confidence and professional competence as you go.

  • You will learn

  • Fees

  • How to apply

  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Customer services to demonstrate, promote and retail products and services
  • Gel polish
  • Basic nail art
  • Nail enhancement

All training and course materials free of charge to the learner as a government-funded scheme. Some fees may be applicable for the employer, depending on the age of the learner and size of the business. 

Awarding Body registration and Examination fees included. 

Kit required - uniform (provided by your employer). 

If you have decided you would like to apply for an apprenticeship position, and are not already employed within a salon or spa, please send us a copy of your CV. You can also check for vacancies on Indeed.co.uk or on the government's national apprenticeship website.

If you are already employed within a salon or spa, please ask your employer to contact us.  

To talk through your options, meet the tutors and have a look around the academy, please arrange an appointment with us. 

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What our graduates say

"I’ve recently finished my Level 3 Beauty Therapy apprenticeship and I couldn’t recommend IBHA enough! All the staff are lovely and they're always at the end of the phone if you need support with anything. They have so many additional courses that all the students have the opportunity to take. Jodi and Julie have been amazing and have helped me so much with my self confidence whilst performing a treatment and talking to clients." May 2018