How long does it take to become a nail tech

So you’ve decided that becoming a nail technician is a career path you’d like to pursue! And now you’re wondering how long does it take to become a nail tech? 

Well you’re NOT the only one!

More people are realising that a career path in beauty and nails can be lucrative and beneficial, everyday. Whether it’s from scrolling through Instagram and seeing the wide arrays of nail looks that can be created. Maybe, you’ve had the opportunity to take a step back from your busy days and realise you enjoy painting and decorating nails?

Well here at Ray Cochrane, we have successfully been teaching beauty courses since 1954 to people like you! So you have come to the right place to find out all about the journey to becoming a nail technician.

Without further ado, we are going to answer all the common questions we are asked by potential students who want to become nail technicians.

What is a nail technician

What Does A Nail Technician Do?

Nail Technicians are specialists in charge of the maintenance and grooming of their client’s fingernails and toenails.

The services that are provided by these technicians include but are not limited to:

  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Cuticle Grooming
  • Nail Shaping
  • Callus Removal
  • Application and Removal of Nail Extensions
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Treatment of broken or damaged nails.

These services must also be provided to the clients in accordance with health and safety guidelines. It is important to ensure that the equipment used on your clients are clean and sterile to remove the risk of infections. 

As a nail technician you must also be knowledgeable about the health of your client’s nails as you will have to inform them of the appropriate aftercare and maintenance procedures.

Nail Care is important, nail technician

As you can see being a nail technician is about more than just painting nails!

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become A Nail Technician In the UK?

To be able to provide nail services to clients, potential technicians should receive training and gain experience in providing nail services to customers. 

You wouldn’t let someone cut your hair who doesn’t have any experience, right? Similarly clients are looking for nail technicians who have knowledge, experience and the capability to complete a wide range of designs.

At Ray Cochrane, we offer two courses for those who would like to go on to be a nail tech!

Call us on 0207 486 6291 to find out more and to enrol.

The VTCT Level 2 Nail Technician course

Our VTCT Level 2 Nail Technician Course is suitable for those who are looking for a beginner friendly introduction into the world of nails. Throughout the course students will learn about:

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • UV Hard Gel Nail Extension
  • Health and safety
  • Retail skills
  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
  • Reception duties

The course will prepare students to be at an intermediate level upon completion. Once you have finished studying the Level 2 Nail Technician course you are now a certified nail tech which employers and clients look for. This is because it proves to them that you are competent in completing manicures and pedicures to a high standard and within a commercially acceptable time.

The VTCT Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician Course

The VTCT Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician Course is one of our best selling courses that has been carefully curated to be fully comprehensive in teaching. Students will go from beginner to advanced in as short as 10 weeks! Throughout the course students will learn about:

  • Health & Safety considerations & regulations
  • Hygiene & preparing the client, treatment room & trolley
  • Anatomy & physiology: structure of the skin, structure of the nail
  • Nail diseases & disorders
  • Client consultations / contra-indications
  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • UV Gel Nail Extension
  • Acrylic Nails Extension
  • Nail Art
  • Electric Files
  • Nail Wraps

As you can see from the course contents, combining the Level 2 teachings with the Level 3 will allow students to learn more than the basics.  Also learning how to deal with the technological advancements that have been made to the equipment used in the nail industry.

Which Nail Course Is Most Suitable For Me?

Well it depends on what you want to do after completing your course!

If you are looking to work for yourself as a Freelancer and utilise the power of social media to grow your nail business then you can definitely just study our Level 2 course. Your experience will grow as you complete the nails of more clients and you will have the chance to practice more advanced techniques in your free time.

However if you are looking to work in a salon, nail bar or even become the supervisor of a beauty salon yourself, then we would definitely recommend studying the Level 3! You could even grow your revenue by becoming a nail technician tutor at beauty schools with this certification!

Regardless of what course you choose, no previous experience is required rather we just ask students to be keen and motivated!

How Long Does It Take To Complete The Course?

Depending on the course that you will study will affect how long it will take. At Ray Cochrane, we offer both courses on a part-time basis which allows our students to fit it into their busy schedules.

The Level 2 course will run only 1 day a week for 12 weeks, which means in just 3 months you could be qualified!

The Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician course has two class length options. Firstly you can choose to only study 1 day a week which will see the course last for 19 weeks or you can enrol on the 2 day a week course which will take 10 weeks to complete. Making it entirely up to you how quickly you can finish your studies!

So to summarise you could be a nail technician is as little as 84 – 140 hours with Ray Cochrane Beauty School!

Where Can I Work When I’ve Completed My Nail Technician Training?

Once you’ve completed your studies and assessments, you have numerous options of where you can work! Below we have just listed a few of the options that previous students of ours have gone into and succeeded in.

Why Choose Ray Cochrane To Complete Your Nail Technician Course? 

We hope we managed to answer most of your questions. Now you might be wondering out all the schools that offer Nail Technician Courses, why us?

Well we will tell you:

  • A Long Standing Beauty School – Having been operating since 1954, we are experienced and committed to giving students the best!
  • Experienced Tutors – All of our tutors have worked in the industry and studied numerous courses which means they are fully qualified and up to date with the industry standard!
  • Small Class Sizes – Quality is important to us. So to make sure that students get the best, all courses have a limited number of students to ensure you get enough one-to-one time with your tutor.

If that is not enough to convince you, then why not take the word of one of our previous students?

Ray Cochrane Level 3 Nail Technician Course Review


Ready to get started on your journey to becoming a fully fledged nail technician? Call us on 0203 856 8886 or email us on to find out more information and book yourself onto our next intake. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!