• Code: FD
  • Duration: One year 
  • Certification: ITEC Diploma Certificate in Nail Technology (100/2569/8)
    • Nail Art (100/5207/0)
  • QQI Level 5 Component in: Beauty Therapy (5M3471)


This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in a commercial retail and treatment setting such as large department stores that house specialist nail bars. It provides the learner with the highest level of practical and theoretical skills.

Upon completion successful learners will have achieved an ITEC diploma and certificate, which are highly recognised Internationally Qualifications. These much sought after qualifications will facilitate them to pursue a professional career as a nail technician both at home and internationally. Opportunity to also incorporate certification in individual eyelash extensions and spray tan. These are highly desired treatments in the industry today.

Programme of Study

ITEC Diploma in Nail Technology incorporating: 

Manicure & Pedicure 
Gel Nails
Acrylic Nails
Fibreglass Nails
Professional Conduct & Business Awareness 

ITEC Certificate in Nail Art incorporating: 

One Stroke Nail 
Freehand Nail Art 
Acrylic Paint Nail Art 
3 Week Manicure 

Certification in individual eyelash extensions

QQI Certification in: 

Work Experience 
Retail Selling
Nail Technology 

Salon Administration Software 

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Learners must source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Freelance Nail Technician
  • Beauty Salon
  • Nail Bar
  • Cruise liners
  • Product Sales
  • Pharmacy
  • Department Store
  • Self-Employed Mobile Therapist
  • Mobile Therapist
Course Co-Ordinator

Sandra Kelly

Where are they now?

Miskel Nevin Nail Technician

My name is Miskel Nevin, I trained in beauty therapy in BIFE. I automatically fell in love with nail technology. My tutors were amazing and very helpful but also made the course lots of fun. It’s all about hard work, studying and practise. I am now a qualified nail technician based in Bray where I find myself booked out for 3 months in advance. It takes time to build clientele, but it was worth all the hard work!

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