How to become a Nail Technician

Nail technicians perform manicures and pedicures, which may include nail art, application of artificial nails, nail repair and other specialised hand and foot treatments.

Personal requirements of a Nail Technician

  • Neat personal appearance
  • No allergies to products and chemicals used
  • Pleasant and tactful manner
  • A genuine interest in people
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Patience
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Creative and artistic ability

Education & Training for a Nail Technician

You can work as a nail technician without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a nail technician through a traineeship in Nail Technology, Beauty Services or Beauty Therapy. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Additional Information

Before selecting a course, check with potential employers to make sure the course meets their requirements. Employers are less likely to consider applicants who have completed a short course or have qualifications not recognised by the industry. Nail technicians with nationally accredited qualifications may work throughout Australia. Local councils have specific requirements regarding the establishment and delivery of mobile or salon beauty services, including adhering to occupational health and safety regulations and state guidelines relating to skin penetration.

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