Course Description

With the SHB30315 Certificate III in Nail Technology you will learn the very latest state-of-the art techniques from industry professionals, so you can offer your clients the high-quality, skillful services that will mark you as an in-demand Nail Technician.

Taking a hands-on approach, the highly practical Certificate III will enable you to:

  • Perform high-quality professional manicure and pedicure treatments
  • Design and craft beautiful, fun and trendy nail art for discerning clients
  • Apply acrylic and gel nail enhancements to suit the individual needs of the client
  • Maintain strict infection control practices 
  • Set-up and manage your own business.
  • Learn how to use social media to promote your business or nail designs

The kits will allow you to enhance your practical skills and include a manicure and pedicure kit (valued at $310)  a nail art kit (valued at $116) and a gel and acrylic kit with UV lamp (valued at $1,174).


This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Nail Technician
Course number E1177
Qualification name SHB30315 Certificate III in Nail Technology
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Blog, Case studies, Interviews, Journal, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Scenario-based questions, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. Modules 1 to 6 have been released and are available. The subsequent Modules will be available on the following dates:

  • Module 7: August 2017
  • Module 8: September 2017
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Creative nail technology

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare service area.
  • Apply hand painted designs, decals, or jewelleries.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.

Hygienic manicure and pedicare treatments

  • Prepare client for manicure or pedicare service
  • Perform a basic manicure or pedicare service
  • Review treatment and provide post-treatment advice
  • Comply with infection control regulations and guidelines and related legal obligations.
  • Monitor hygiene of premises.
  • Maintain infection control for skin penetration treatments.
  • Sterilise equipment and maintain steriliser.
  • Maintain awareness of clinic design for control of infection risks.
  • Protect self from infection risks.
  • Apply organisational safety procedures.
  • Use electricity safely.
  • Minimise infection risks in the salon environment.
  • Follow infection control procedures.
  • Follow procedures for emergency situations.
  • Clean salon.

You, the workplace and industry trends

  • Develop knowledge of employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Work within organisational requirements.
  • Support work team.
  • Maintain personal presentation.
  • Develop effective work habits.
  • Source information on the beauty industry
  • Source and apply information on legal and ethical issues for the beauty industry
  • Update beauty industry knowledge

The business of personal services

  • Receive clients.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Schedule appointments for clients.
  • Respond to client complaints.
  • Respond to clients with special needs.
  • Operate point-of-sale equipment.
  • Complete point-of-sale transactions.
  • Complete refund.
  • Remove takings from register or terminal.
  • Reconcile takings.

Professional beauty products and services | Gel Nails

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for gel nail service.
  • Remove gel enhancements.
  • Apply, refill or repair gel nails.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.
  • Develop product knowledge.
  • Recommend salon services.
  • Prepare client for product demonstration.
  • Demonstrate beauty care products.

Professional beauty products and services | Acrylic nails

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for acrylic nail service.
  • Remove acrylic enhancements.
  • Apply, refill or repair acrylic nails.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.
  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for electric nail service.
  • Use electric file equipment.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.


  • Identify resources needed in the business
  • Select appropriate sources for resources required in the business
  • Prepare for use of resources in the business

Be Creative. Be seen.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for advanced nail art service.
  • Apply advanced nail art.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.
  • Describe the different types of social media tools and applications
  • Compare different types of social media tools and applications
  • Set up and use, popular social media tools and applications



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Natasha Dodds

An accomplished beauty therapist, Natasha is a partner in a bridal make-up company Reflections of Elegance, and has had her work displayed in publications including Ideal Bride Magazine. Passionate about the beauty industry, Natasha has also spent considerable time passing her skills and knowledge onto up-and-coming therapists at leading beauty therapy education providers in both Melbourne and Queensland. 

An expert in her field, Natasha was also invited to review The Professional Beauty Therapy Text 2nd Edition in October 2015.

Course Materials

This course includes course materials from:

Hawley is celebrating over 75 years of manufacture and distribution in the nail and beauty industry at both professional and retail level. Hawley strive for a reputation of excellence built on a foundation of quality, innovative products at competitive prices and a high level of friendly, professional service. 

Hawley International partners with Open Colleges as a main supplier of beauty kits for the following courses:

  • Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Certificate III in Nail Technology

Included materials

Nail art kit, provided with Module 2 – A mixture of tools allowing you let your imagination run wild and create simple or complex designs.

Manicure and Pedicure kit, provided with Module 2 –The finest ingredients of Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Aloe Vera and Menthol have all been used in the latest Manispa™ range. The combination of these essentials will help to deliver relaxation and conditioning not only to the skin but to all 5 senses. The ultimate Manispa experience begins with a soothing and conditioning soak, moving onto revitalising scrub then refreshing and relaxing mask and finally a relaxing massage with the hydrating lotion.

Gel and acrylic kit with UV lamp, provided with Module 5 – Cutting edge raw materials and packaging are sourced from major suppliers around the world and formulated to exacting production standards to bring you the Illume Fusion Monomer and Polymer range. This revolutionary new Acrylic system has created a sensation in Australia. The unique formulas and PPS™ technology of Illume enables the technician to produce the perfect nail enhancement every time and damage to the natural nail should now be a thing of the past. The Polymers in the Illume range have superior clarity and a variety of colours & styles to choose from, enabling the operator to custom design the service for each individual client. With non-yellowing properties, self-levelling formulas and ease of use, the Illume Fusion™ Acrylic System is certainly world class.


Student discounts

Open Colleges students may be eligible to receive discount cards, which will allow them to restock their kits and network with professional suppliers.

The course contains a minimum of 80 hours of work placement

Your Work Placement will need to be conducted in an appropriate work place, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will need to secure your own Work Placement; however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are a number of statutory checks that may be required by workplaces, such as a National Police Check, Working with Children Check (or state equivalent), a First Aid Certificate and signing of a Confidentiality Agreement and Code of Conduct. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

You will need to undertake work placement to successfully complete the units of competency in this course. As such, a Statement of Attainment cannot be issued for part completion of the qualification unless work placement is completed.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

You may be required to complete work placement in multiple salons if your chosen salon does not provide all of the required services.

More information can be found in the Workplace Assessment Guide.

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