If you are interested in Nail Courses, Portobello Institute recommends that you begin with this one - the ITEC Certification in Manicure & Pedicure.

Once you have gained this qualification, you are eligible to study for further Nail Courses such as Nail Art and Nail Technician (Gel & Acrylic Nails).

The Manicure & Pedicure course gives you the knowledge that you need for Nail Therapies and the certification to take this skill to a higher level.

Main aims

The main aim of the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide nail technology treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the beauty therapy Industry. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over and is designed to provide occupational competence at level 3.

The main skills the learner will perform are:

Care of the nails on the hand including hand massage and application of polish

Care of the nails on the feet including foot massage and application of polish

Applying and maintaining nail enhancements – liquid and powder, gel and wraps

Qualifications Gained

  • ITEC manicure pedicure

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This is a part time course delivered 1 evening a week or 1 day a week

Course Content Modules

  1. Shaping, cuticle removal and the application of nail enamel
  2. Recognition of nail diseases and disorders
  3. Structure of the nail and skin
  4. Use of specialised nail treatments such as hot oil, paraffin wax, hand masks, thermal mittens and boots
  5. How to sanitize client's hands
  6. Understand products and tools such as emery boards, cuticle cream, hoof stick, pedicure rasp, buffing paste, etc
  7. How to file nails correctly according to shape
  8. Use of base coat, buffing, enamel and top coat

Manicure & Pedicure workshop

If you don't fancy doing the full ITEC award, we have a fantastic 1 day workshop in Manicure & Pedicure (Shape & Polish), see all the details here.


Can I do this course in conjunction with Nail Technician (Gel and Acrylic Nails)?

Yes - and it's a popular combination. We allow students to study these 2 courses simultaneously in order to save time - so you would study 2 evenings per week instead of one. Otherwise you would first have to get your ITEC Manicure & Pedicure Certificate before being allowed onto the Gel and Acrylic Nails course.

If I enrol for both courses, can I save money?

We frequently offer a money saving "combo courses" deal for doing both these courses at the one time.

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.
•Itec registration fee: £95
•Materials: €100 approx


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