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Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Providing manicure and pedicure services
  • Enhancing acrylic nails
  • Selling nail products

Certificate II in Nail Technology

A career in beauty therapy requires technical knowledge combined with creative know-how. This course will teach you how to care for and enhance the look of nails.

Course Overview

Course Code:S778 (National ID: SIB20210) 
Careers:Manicure, pedicure, nail enhancement specialist 
Duration:Duration may be flexible. 
How:Part time, Apprenticeship/Traineeship, Work based 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 2
30 Aberdeen Street

International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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This qualification will give you the skills to care for and enhance the appearance of nails. You'll learn about new nail technology and how to service and style nails. Central's beauty therapy courses provide you with the knowledge, attitude, values and skills to gain success in this industry.

The course is run by beauty therapy lecturers who have vast industry experience. Training takes place in Central's new, state of the art facilities, which includes an open to the public beauty salon equipped with industry standard equipment and products. You'll also have the opportunity to study this course as a school based traineeship where you will benefit from on the job training and hands on learning.

View our brochure to see the career pathways for our beauty therapy courses.

Where this course can lead you

Job prospects in this industry are generally positive with a large number of salons and day spas spread throughout metropolitan areas.

Your Certificate II in Nail Technology prepares you for a role as a Nail Technician and opens the door for further qualifications at Central such as the Certificate III in Beauty Services and the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's beauty therapy qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Care for and enhance the appearance of nails

  • Offer quality customer service

  • Engage in effective communication

  • Sell products

  • Provide manicures and pedicures

  • Provide specialised nail enhancement treatments

  • Administer gel and acrylic nails

  • Apply nail art

Your Certificate II in Nail Technology gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in nail technology or for further study at Central such as the Certificate III in Beauty Services and Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Connected with industry

Central has its own beauty clinic managed and operated by our own students under the guidance of qualified staff. It is open to students, staff and the public and provides excellent work experience opportunities for beauty therapy students.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.  

We also ensure beauty therapy professionals are our lecturers. So you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from the people who have done exactly what you want to do.

Course Structure

Plan:S778 - CU1109 - PSC 
Description:Complete 15 units: 10 core and 5 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4777SIBBNLS201AWork in a nail services framework
D4778SIBBNLS202AProvide manicure and pedicare services
D4779SIBBNLS203AApply ultraviolet gel nail enhancement
D4780SIBBNLS204AApply acrylic nail enhancement
D4797SIBXCCS201AConduct financial transactions
D4798SIBXCCS202AProvide service to clients
S6118SIRXCLM001AOrganise and maintain work areas
S6120SIRXCOM001ACommunicate in the workplace
S6140SIRXIND001AWork effectively in a retail environment
S6168SIRXOHS001AApply safe working practices


Description: Learners to complete 5 elective units. For Traineeships - Elective units are to be negotiated between Central Institute of Technology, employer and employee.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4781SIBBNLS205AApply nail art

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology. 

Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.

Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for  International students.

Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.  

For more information about apprenticeships or traineeships please contact Central Institute of Technology'sTraineeship, Apprenticeship and Workplace Training (TAWT)  on 6211 2035, visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office (the Apprenticeship Office)

Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate basic maths and communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.


The Application Process

This course is delivered part time, or as a traineeship or work based training, and applying for the course is different with each option.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.


Part time:

Find out about applying for a part time course.



Find out about applying for a course as a trainee.


Work based:

To find out more about work based training, please contact:

Helen Rodino (Beauty Therapy Traineeships / Employment-Based Co-ordinator and Lecturer)
Mobile: 0434 322 380


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

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