Do you aspire to have a career in the world of Nails and Beauty? This expanding inustry needs good therapists. In this course you have the opportunity to achieve a wide variety of training skills dealing with specialist nail technician treatments. Release your artistry flair and produce superb nail looks that will allow you to become an attractive prospect for employers as well as having the opportunity to become self-employed.

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  • Nail Technology /Nail Art(Theory and Practical) ITEC –Manicure, Gel polish application, Pedicure, Acrylic nails, Gel nails, Nail wraps i.e. silks/fibreglass, Sculptured nails, Nail Art for natural nails.
  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness ITEC – learn about elements required for the work place and when running a business, subjects include business, health & safety, retail selling, marketing and advertising, finance, professionalism and communication skills.
  • Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up 5N3466: The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work autonomously and independently in carrying out skincare and eye treatments and in applying make-up.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Phorest Salon Software Certificate: Phorest Salon Software is an all-in platform that helps salon owners manage their appointments, clients, stock, and staff.  It also has key features for marketing and social media to enable a salon to grow to its full potential. At the College, we offer our learners an introductory course in this software. This includes how to manage appointments and therapists, couple and group bookings. Additionally, beauty salon consultation forms, customer tracking, beauty salon marketing and selling and purchasing are also included. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Digital Marketing (online training): An introduction to the world of digital marketing.  This workshop is designed to enable participants to take their digital campaigns to another level. Learners will understand the difference between traditional and digital marketing, as well as understanding the digital environment. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Data Protection (online training): This course gives learners an overview of GDPR. The course examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations.  The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature applicants are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. All applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in Nails at interview and must bring with them a portfolio of some nail work completed by them as evidence of their interest. This should include at least 5 photographs of nails painted by the interviewee. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

This course is geared towards the workplace environment and employment.

Nail Technician in a Beauty Salon, Nail Bar, Nail Technician on Cruise ships e.g. Steiner, Skincare Expert in a Beauty Salon or on a Skincare counter, Self-employed/Mobile Nail Technician, (I.T.E.C is an International Qualification for work abroad) Product trainer, Sales Representative, Retail Industry.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €498 – this cost includes ITEC and QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €20). Approx €850 for kits, uniforms etc. which will be paid directly to suppliers on registration day. See Payment for details. Please note that all fees shown are for the 2022/2023 academic year and will be updated in the New Year for 2023/2024.
  • Certification:
    • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology 603/4040/X (2142)
    • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Art 603/4054/X (2128)
    • QQI Level 5 Component Certificates in Work Experience 5N1356, Skin Care, Eye Treatments & Make-Up 5N3466
  • Work Experience: Students undertake a work placement one day a week in a nail bar/beauty therapy environment, which they organise themselves.

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    I’m so thrilled I decided to go to CCOC, it really has changed my life I’ve met life long friends. In November 2015 I opened up my own holistic room in the main street of Midleton called Serendipity Holistic Haven and I’m loving this new exciting adventure that hopefully will continue to go on for years to come. If you’re reading this unsure of what to do, go for it, make the right decision, you won’t be sorry and will truly enjoy the experience.

    Debbie Collins, Owner Serendipity Holistic Haven

    I completed The Nail technician course in The College of Commerce and I am now Manager of Nails Inc. in Brown Thomas on Patrick Street. I found the course extremely helpful and it gave me a great foundation in the Industry. I still have a very good relationship with the Collage and I guest speak to the students on an annual basis in regard to working in the Industry and any help or advice I can give them.

    Martina O'Connell, Manager Nails Inc Brown Thomas

    As part of my work experience I was the make up artist for two short films being made by another college. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about the production of films and what its like to be on set as a make up artist. Since the course I am working as a freelance artist doing weddings, photo shoots and theatre work. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of becoming a make up artist.

    Katie Byrne , MakeUp Artistry 2014