Become a Qualified Nail Technician by Completing a Fast-track Course

Changing your career can feel like a big move, however with many courses now able to study part-time or from home, there's no need to give up on your day job in order to start learning a new skill. If you've always wanted to become a beauty therapist, for example, there's no time like the present to begin your training.

Many people believe the beauty industry to be too competitive to break into, but with the right mind-set and skills, you could be well on your way to a lucrative and exciting career path in a matter of months. All you need is a willingness to learn, a passion for the industry and a hard-working attitude - the rest will come with application and practice.

If you have always wanted to start your own business as a nail technician or work in a salon, you could become qualified in just eight weeks. The fast track VTCT Level 2 Nail Technician course is suitable for beginners, and provides students with a nationally recognised qualification that can lead them on to a prosperous career in the beauty industry.

In order to obtain this certificate and take the first step towards meeting your career goals, you will need to find a school near you that offers this qualification. However, don't let yourself be limited by your location - the best beauty schools are those found in major cities, so you may need to travel in order to receive the best education possible.

Earning your qualification with a recognised, well-respected institution will put you top of the pile when it comes to applying for jobs in this area, and will improve your credentials in what can be a highly competitive field. If you're thinking of going freelance, good training from respected educators will help secure you clients ahead of other competitors.

Besides, the fast track course is only part-time, and usually requires only one day of study in class. The rest of the time, you will be practicing your skills on friends and relatives at home, as well as taking online tests and completing theory-based homework. There will also be many practical assessments in class. There isn't usually an exam component to this course.

If you're applying to study in a well-respected institution, bear in mind that they might be highly selective about their applications - especially if you're looking to study in a small, independent school. With this in mind, you will want to spend some time on your application to make sure it is well received.

The entry requirements for this course aren't particularly strict, but you will need to show a keen interest and motivation for the nail industry, as well as evidence of a good basic education (depending on where you're applying to study).

Bear in mind that some schools will only accept applicants who are 18 or over, as well as those with a good command of the English language. If you're worried about meeting either of these requirements, you could always contact the school for advice.

In any case, it's best to spend a bit of time surveying your options, as all education providers will have different terms. Most schools won't require previous nail experience, however, as everything will be taught during the eight week programme.

When deciding where to apply, you will want to take fees into consideration. Spend some time assessing your options, but do bear in mind that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to this type of specialist education. Your fees should include your uniform, as well as all the tools and assessment books you will need to complete the course.