If you’re interested in becoming a Professional Nail Technician, these few guidelines will help you find the right education provider that will make sure you’ve got all your bases covered:
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- How long is the nail course?
If the total training time for beginners is less than 4 weeks, it is unlikely that the course includes all the information that you’re going to need to be able to start and run a profitable business as a Professional Nail Technician as soon as you’re done training.
- How much does the course cost?
If the course you’re thinking of attending costs less than R 5,000.00 for full kit and tuition combined, it is unlikely that the quality of products and education is of an acceptable standard that will allow you to build a successful business within the first year of setting up shop.
- Do you have to do Case studies and Exams?
If you are not required to complete a specific number of practical case studies and sit for both written and practical exams before you are issued a certificate, it is likely that the education provider is more concerned about selling you their products and training than they are about how well you actually do the job, and probably don’t have your success as a Professional Nail Technician in mind. The most successful Nail Technicians are well educated and very competent at what they do.
- What type of products are included in the kit you get?
If the product kit consists of grey or black market nail products (often Asian imports and / or “knock-offs ” of the “real thing”), it is likely that the education provider is not aware of, nor concerned about the risks of using and selling these types of chemicals to their customers; and it is unlikely that you will quickly be able to build a successful business as a professional nail technician.
- Is a certificate being sold as part of the package, or do you need to earn your Qualification?
Certification and content of courses should be recognised or accepted by qualifications and / or industry regulation authorities, and should be aligned according to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) standards. These are the guys who set the minimum standards for education and skills required in most industries and countries. If your training package comes with a certificate guaranteed (whether you pass exams or not), chances are that you’re being sold a course that only proves you have attended training on how to use a product line, and not that you are indeed being sold a course that qualifies you to provide professional services.
Most of the reputable nail care brand suppliers in Southern Africa offer great training packages which are enhanced by what we teach you on our programme. While many do teach fairly comprehensive practical elements of the work, the technical background you need is often not included on their courses. It is a good idea to start your training journey with NailArtiste so you have the necessary technical foundation, and then continue with brand or product training.
If you’re interested in becoming a nail technician in Southern Africa, pairing our online theory with any of the locally available, reputable brands’ product training will give you an edge over your competitors – knowledge is power, so why not invest in yourself, and get the best education available?