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Can you be a self-taught nail technician?

There is no specific qualification you need to take to be able to start a nail business. However, many providers do require proof of qualifications and you will need to get insurance in order to cover you.


While it is not mandatory to have formal qualifications to secure nail technician jobs, you will require training at the very least. Studying a nail technician course will put you in a favourable position with potential employers.  

If you want to gain a solid understanding of the profession, then enrol on a nail technician course with NTC. As the UK’s leading nail training provider, we offer a wide range of nail courses. One of our most popular is the Complete Nail Tech course. It will get you ready for the industry, and you don’t require any previous experience to enrol on this nail technician course, which covers a wide range topics, including: 

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Our accredited nail technician courses will give you a strong basis for both the business side of becoming a nail technician and also the key skills. With every accredited nail technician course you complete at NTC you will receive a fully accredited professional Diploma certificate.


Working with clients and practising your skills is a fundamental part of building your career in nail technology. Without experience, it’ll be hard to refine your skills and master all the different techniques you need to know. 


You can start in a salon, carrying out assistant work to see how other nail techs engage with clients and complete a full treatment. 


On the other hand, if you’re thinking of starting a mobile business, you can practice on family and friends. Offering treatments at a discounted price is also an excellent way to build up your clientele and gain experience. 


In the UK, it is strongly recommended that any self-employed nail tech or business is covered by insurance.

Public liability insurance is the most important when starting a new nail business. It covers all accidents that could occur during your treatments, whether a client experiences an allergic reaction or hurts themselves on your premises.

Employers liability insurance is a legal requirement if you have any employees – which perhaps isn’t as likely if you have a new business.

If you are setting up your nail business at home or are working mobile, getting insurance to cover loss of earnings due to sickness or injury is also a good idea to ensure you aren’t left out of pocket.

For more info about our nail technician courses, head to our website and find a training centre closest to you! 


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