Certificate III in Nail Technology

National Code: SHB30315
TAFE SA Code: TP00889


You will learn the skills to work as a nail technician through performing services in manicure and pedicure, gel nails, acrylic nails and nail art. These skills will be delivered in our beauty clinics which simulate the workplace.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Full Fee
$2,971 - $3,349
$5,942 - $6,699

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $600.00 for a Nail Kit and uniform ($300) and to cover materials used during training in the commercial salons ($300.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Nail Technician.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Nail Technology (SHB30315)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as nail technicians to provide manicure and pedicure services, including the application of nail art and acrylic and gel nail enhancements. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 11 core units and 4 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Advise on beauty products and services 30
    Apply acrylic nail enhancements 40
    Apply gel nail enhancements 35
    Apply nail art 15
    Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
    Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Provide manicure and pedicare services 50
    Provide salon services to clients 40
    Research and apply beauty industry information 20
    Use electric file equipment for nail services 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply advanced nail art 15
    Determine resource requirements for the micro business 30
    Manage small business finances 60
    Market the small business 50
    Monitor and manage small business operations 45
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Undertake small business planning 50
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