Nail Care Expert Certificate

Course Information:

 Course Skills Academy Expert Certificate in Nail Care
 Programme Type Provider Programme
 Partner Institute Not Applicable
 Award Type Skills Academy Expert Certificate
 Award Issued By Skills Academy
 Accredited By Not Applicable
 SAQA ID Not Applicable
 NQF Level Not Applicable
 Course Duration 24 Months
 Entrance Criteria
  • Grade 10 AND
  • Learners must be at least 16 years of age AND
  • Learners must be able to read and write in English


The Skills Academy Expert Certificate in Nail Care consists of the following subjects:

  1. Introduction to Business English
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Professional Salon Skills
  4. Business and Office Administration
  5. Nail Care Theory
  6. Excellence in Service: Basic
  7. Networking for Success
  8. Entrepreneurship
  9. Financial Management: Basic
  10. UV Gel Nails and Decoration
  11. Excellence in Service: Advanced

These subjects cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to Business English

  • Introduction to communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Business writing
  • Speaking, listening and reading skills
  • Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Work readiness

2. Anatomy and Physiology

  • About Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cells and tissues
  • Skin, hair and nails
  • The skeletal system
  • Muscles and the muscular system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The nervous system

3. Professional Salon Skills

  • Personal presentation
  • Effective communication
  • Verbal communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Observation skills
  • Communicating and working together
  • Written communication
  • Salon services
  • Dealing with customer complaints
  • The Receptionist – communicating telephonically
  • Assessment techniques and questioning the client
  • Questioning techniques
  • Face mapping
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • Hygiene and avoiding cross-contamination
  • Personal hygiene
  • Salon hygiene
  • Client hygiene

4. Business and Office Administration

  • Anatomy of the skin Office equipment and erogonomics
  • Skin types Filing systems and record management
  • Skin tones Reception duties
  • Skin disorders Dealing with customer queries
  • Travel and events management
  • How to manage yourself in the workplace
  • Banking, cash control and the business information manual

5. Nail Care Theory

  • Anatomy of the skin History of nail care
  • Skin Types Anatomy of the hand and foot
  • Skin Tones Structure of the nail
  • Skin Disorders Tools, equipment, materials and products
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures

6. Excellence in Service: Basic

  • Customer service fundamentals
  • Customer service skills
  • Customer management
  • Customer communication

7. Networking for Success

  • Understanding successful networks
  • Building networking relationships
  • Refining your professional presence
  • Bell ringing telephone techniques
  • Networking via e-mail and the internet
  • Networking power of self promotion
  • Special networking challenges

8. Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship and small business management in perspective
  • Key success factors of entrepreneurs
  • Basic business concepts
  • The business environment
  • Identification of feasible small business ideas
  • The development and evaluation of business ideas
  • Determine the feasibility of the business idea
  • The viability of a business idea
  • Perform a viability study for a proposed business idea
  • The business plan
  • Setting up a business
  • Factors to consider when choosing the location of a business

9. Financial Management: Basic

  • Basics of accounting
  • The accounting cycle
  • The income statement
  • The balance sheet
  • Other financial statements
  • Budgeting

10. UV Gel Nails and Decoration

  • UV Gel Nails
  • Nail Decoration

11. Excellence in Service: Advanced

  • Service standards
  • Service teams
  • Customer loyalty

How is this course assessed?

In order to complete this course successfully, learners will be expected to complete specific assignments AND/OR a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE). There are no exams for this course.

What is a Provider Programme Course?

A provider programme is a course that is developed, curriculated and assessed by Skills Academy. A provider programme carries no external accreditation and it has no link to any other academic institute. It is a programme intended to provide a learner with knowledge and skills.

A learner is welcome to make reference to his or her successful completion of the provider programme course on his or her CV. Most employers would be happy to see that current or potential employees show interest in improving their skills and knowledge.

According to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), non credit-bearing programmes (such as Skills Academy’s provider programmes) can help learners in the following ways:

  • They can provide practical or hands-on learning.
  • They can increase employability, self-employment opportunities, and mobility within workplaces and sectors.
  • They can provide occupationally-directed learning.
  • They can contribute towards closing the skills gap as identified in the Workplace Skills Plan, the Sector Skills Plan, and the National Skills Plan.

The Skills Academy Expert Certificate in Nail Care is a Provider Programme.

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