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Certificate III in Nail Technology (SHB30315)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as nail technicians to provide manicure and pedicare services, including the application of nail art and acrylic and gel nail enhancements.

These individuals possess a range of well-developed technical and customer service skills where discretion and judgement is required and are responsible for their own outputs. This includes client consultation on nail care products and services. Nail technicians may also be self-employed and responsible for managing their own nail station.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Hospitality and Beauty
Skill Area
  • - Beauty
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible career opportunities include a Nail Technician. This course could lead to work in a home-based business or as part of a beauty or hair salon team providing a full range of natural nail services and nail enhancements. 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete 15 units, consisting of:
11 core units and 4 elective units.
Core Units
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBNLS002 Apply gel nail enhancements
SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements
SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art
SHBBNLS005 Use electric file equipment for nail services
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Elective Units
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art
2018 Study Sequence
Enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order.
Group One:

Group Two:

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes

2018 Mixed Mode

There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
12 months


This availability is offered via online study with 11 x five day compulsory intensive internal workshops held on campus. Workshops will be scheduled monthly throughout the year to participate in practical components of this course. 

Theory content includes recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and activities for each treatment and will be available online with teaching support available through discussion forums, email, telephone and weekly Zoom tutorials. Online students require self-motivation and must have at least 10 - 12 hours per week available for research, reading and viewing recordings. 

Intensive internal workshops will be held at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City 

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Intensive Internal Workshops (IIW)

Intensive Internal Workshops will be held from 9 am to 4 pm each day at CQUniversity Mackay City campus. These workshops are compulsory and students must attend on the following dates:
  • 5 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 9 April 2018
  • 7 May 2018
  • 4 June 2018
  • 16 July 2018
  • 13 August 2018
  • 10 September 2018
  • 8 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 3 December 2018

Uniform Requirements

Whilst on-campus, students are required to adhere to the following uniform requirements:   
  • Black or white tunic 
  • Black full-length or ¾ work pants (no leggings, jeggings or jeans)
  • Covered in flat shoes
  • Black apron
  • Minimal makeup, minimal jewelry, no midriffs and maintain short manicured nails.
Tunics and aprons can be purchased from local beauty suppliers. 

Model Requirements and Client Treatments

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that a model is obtained and booked into the appointment book for all Practical Assessments. Students must be prepared to provide treatments to clients.

Resource Requirements

For at home practice, students will need to purchase the following gel and acrylic nail kits:

  • Bio Sculpture Gel Kit - $615.00
  • Hawley Illume Kit from $100.00

Further information about where to purchase the Bio Sculpture Gel kit will be provided in class. The Hawley Illume kit can be purchased from Beautopia Hair & Beauty Products at Victoria Street, Mackay or from Norris Hair and Beauty Supplies at Evans Avenue, North Mackay.