• Code: FD
  • Duration: One year 
  • Certification:ITEC Diploma/Certificates level 5 equivalence on the QQI in
    • Nail Technology (603/4040/X – iBT3D10)
    • ITEC Award in Gel Polish Techniques (iUBT2A10) 
    • 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 International Qualifications. These much sought after qualifications will facilitate them to pursue a professional career as a nail technician both at home and internationally.

Programme of Study

ITEC Diploma in Nail Technology incorporating: 

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

ITEC Award in Gel Polish Techniques incorporating: 

  • Gel Polish Techniques

 QQI Certification in

  • Retail Selling 
  • Salon Administration Software

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following: 

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered 
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 award 
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

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?

"I came from Thailand with a passion to work in the nail tech industry. I decided to do the Nails Technology course at BIFE. It was a lot of the pressure for me as English is my second language, but my tutors were very helpful. I learned great new nail techniques and exciting skills, including waxing. I am delighted to receive student of the year award. I couldn’t have achieved this without the help from my tutors. Straight away after I finished the course, I got a job in a busy salon in Wicklow, but now I am working in 5th Avenue, Cork. I would highly recommend this qualification as it gave me more confidence and much better opportunities." - Honey Higgins

"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!" - Miskel Nevin

Share with your Friends