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The Nail Technician course is a progression course from basic Manicure and Pedicure. During this course you will master Gel and Acrylic nails, as well as understand and advise your clients on the different types of nails that will suit their needs and lifestyle.

This Nails Course is an advanced course which will prepare you for a professional career as a Nail Technician. That means that you will also learn how to run a business, how to go about pricing structures and what to do to promote your career and business.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Gel & Acrylic Nails

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have completed ITEC Certificate in Manicure & Pedicure to gain entry onto this course.

Note: The entry requirement is not required if you study for both the ITEC Manicure and Pedicure course and the Nail Technician (Gel & Acrylic Nails) at the same time.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.


Course Structure

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

Course Content Modules

  1. Using Nail products safely
  2. Hygiene
  3. Sterilisation
  4. Tools of the Trade
  5. Client consultation
  6. Preparing the nail
  7. Adhesives
  8. Applying plastic tips
  9. Problem nail shapes and how to correct them
  10. Product application
  11. Natural nail overlay
  12. Sculptured nails
  13. Maintaining and removing artificial nails
  14. Infills and rebalance
  15. Pricing structures
  16. Career routes
  17. How to start and promote your services


Can I do this course without the Entry Requirement?

We do allow students to study ITEC Manicure & Pedicure at the same time as Gel & Acrylic nails. If you can't do the 2 courses together, then you will first have to get the ITEC Certificate in Manicure & Pedicure before you are eligible to do this 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.



Name: Nail Technician (Gel & Acrylic Nails) Part time

Cost: 699 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 24/05/18 – 23/08/18
  • Thurs 6.30-9.30pm
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 18/10/18 - 05/02/19
  • Thurs 6.30-9.30pm

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Gel & Acrylic Nail Kit: €200