How Do I Choose the Best Acrylic Nail Courses?

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  • Written By: A. Rohlandt
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 29 October 2019
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There are a few things to consider when choosing the best acrylic nail courses. The first consideration should be whether the course is recognized by an accrediting body. You should also think about whether you want a certificate or diploma, how long you're willing to study, and the level of training you require. There's also the option of at-home or correspondence study instead of in-person or full-time courses.

Finding acrylic nail courses that are accredited and recognized is the first step, and this is especially important if you need to become licensed before you can start work. If you are US-based, for example, you'll need a license issued by the state cosmetology board before you are able to work legally. This means that you'll need to attend an approved school or complete an approved course. Some employers might also prefer candidates who have completed courses that are accredited by certain governing bodies, such as the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) or the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC).

When choosing between acrylic nail courses, you should also decide what kind of qualification you'd like to get. Completing a short course will earn you a certificate upon completion, and in many cases, this is all you need to get an entry-level position as a nail technician. Acrylic nail courses can also form part of a nail technician diploma.


There are also basic acrylic nail courses and advanced courses. You should make your choice based on your skill level. If you are just starting out, it is best to opt for a beginner's course, so that you are taught the basics and learn how to use the various products. If you have already completed a basic course, you could choose an advanced course that covers nail maintenance or nail art, such as airbrushing.

You should also consider how much time you're able to devote to the course. Short courses can be completed in a day or two, and you'll need to attend the classes in person. Other courses can be completed from home in a matter of weeks. If you choose to enroll for a full-time nail technician diploma or manicurist course, you may have to study for a longer period of time.

When choosing between acrylic nail courses, you should also consider whether you would like to study in person or if you would prefer to take a correspondence course. This is a very practical field, but the modern correspondence courses offer assessment by mailing in the completed practice nails instead of real-time assessment by a trainer. Correspondence study may be a better option if you would have difficulty traveling to course locations or if you want to complete the course at your own pace.



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