A nail technician is responsible for ultimately giving manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments to a client. They create incredible visual displays of art on nails which enhances the beauty of their clients. 

At Ray Cochrane Beauty School, we take aspiring nail technicians and teach them how to become talented nail artists who have the technicality and expertise to serve customers with the highest quality and service. 

So, you’ve come across this page because you want to be the best nail tech you can be, right? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We can guarantee you that once you have finished reading this guide you will feel confident in studying with us to be on your way to being a successful nail technician. 


You want to make sure before you go out into the real world that you have enough experience under your belt.

Studying a professional nail technician course will enable you to confidently walk to your nail station and give clients the quality they deserve. 

The course is hands-on, so you will get plenty of practice on each other and gain support from tutors to make sure you feel confident in your abilities. 

Being conscientious

Vital skills to have as a successful nail technician is consistency and efficiency whilst serving a customer. You want to ensure that all your apexes, smile lines, c-curves and shape of the nails are identical to each other. Also that you stay on top of time which will come with the right attitude and practice.

During workdays, it may get busy in peak periods so you will have to work efficiently to get through all customers and not keep people waiting too long, at the same time you will want to make sure your work is quality when you finish. 

Have a high knowledge of health and safety

A successful nail tech is not just someone who knows how to completely transform your nails from drab to glam, they are someone who knows how to look after your nails. 

Working as a nail technician, there are hidden hazards that you will need to be aware of whilst serving customers. The chemical fumes that exude during the nail application process can have negative effects on your health. Nail polishes, primers, polish remover can be considered hazardous due to the chemicals so you will want to be able to avoid direct contact with skin. Also, the dust that emits from nail filing can be dangerous to inhale and cause irritation. So, learning the correct way to overcome these obstacles is important for your wellbeing in the workplace. 

On Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician course, you will learn about different nail diseases. You may face when you start working so that you are able to provide the customer with the right care and attention. This way they can look after their nails when they get home as well as admiring the stunning design you gave them. 

Other elements of health and safety on the course that you will learn will include; correct handling of products, personal presentation when speaking to others, client care and communication, correct routines and hygiene when working with clients.

Give service with a smile

Knowing how to make clients feel welcome and comfortable is a large percentage of what makes a happy customer. 

On the course, you will learn a range of retail skills that will make you able to upsell products that clients may be interested in and how you should treat your clients.

We make it a priority to teach them about correct client consultation procedures and contra-indications so that every customer they will encounter in their career will be served by them.

Nurturing talent and building confidence is what we focus on with the students that walk through our doors. As the first school who brought CIDESCO to the UK, we pride ourselves on being the best. Located in the heart of the capital, we are lots of transport links that serve the school. 


How we can make you the best nail technician at Ray Cochrane Beauty School 

Both of the courses we offer here are accredited by VTCT

On our Level 2 Nail Technician course, you will take modules in manicure, pedicure, UV gel nail extensions, acrylic nail extensions, health and safety procedures, retail skills, develop and maintain effectiveness at work and reception duties. 

Throughout the course, you will be continually assessed by tutors to track your progress in a variety of ways including observation of practical work, oral questions, assignments, tests and portfolio evidence. 

You will also be required to complete an independent study outside of class and to practice your skills. On the course, you will practice your newly learned skills on each other during class to gain more experience and increase your confidence. 

On Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician course, we’ll help you make you the next step further by teaching you more in-depth nail artistry techniques. 

Entry requirements for the course are:

  1. A good understanding of the English language
  2. To be 18 years old or older
  3. Keen interest and enthusiasm about the nail industry
  4. A good basic education
  5. No previous experience is needed

Now that you’re all clued up on how to become a successful nail technician, why not get enrolled onto our course to be on your way? 

The Level 2 Nail Technician course runs one day a week for 12 weeks with classes taking place from 10am to 5pm.

If you want the complete experience, the Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician course runs two days per week for 10 weeks or one day a week for 19 weeks with classes taking place from 10am to 5pm.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate and be able to work in nail stations and beauty salons. Our classes are small in size to maximise students’ learning capacity since tutors will be able to administer ample amounts of attention to students during their time with us so they feel looked after and able to receive the support they need.

To enrol in the course, give us a ring today on 0203 856 8886 or email us at admission@raycochrane.co.uk