Certificate III in Nail Technology

National Code: SHB30321
TAFE SA Code: TP01352


Gain the skills you need to become a qualified nail technician or sales advisor in the dynamic beauty industry. Learn all about manicure and pedicure services, including the application of nail art and the use of acrylic and gel nail enhancements. This nationally accredited qualification equips you with the practical skills you need to find the job you want. Express your creativity and help your clients feel their best. With hands-on learning at our in-house beauty clinics, you will gain the skills you need to offer top quality services to your clients.

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12 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$963 - $1,017
$1,926 - $2,034
$562 - $593
$1,124 - $1,187
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 (SHB30321)
    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 10 core units and 5 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective 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 55
    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 60
    Provide salon services to clients 30
    Research and apply beauty industry information 20
    Use electric file equipment for nail services 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply advanced nail art 25
    Apply cosmetic tanning products 20
    Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms 50
    Maintain infection control standards 75
    Market new business ventures 50
    Use social media and online tools 35
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