A Nail Technician is a specialist who enhances and improves the appearance of the client’s nails, hands and feet.

Nail Technicians have creative flair for nail enhancements and art but equally provide manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, as well as offering artificial nail services including the application of liquid and powder, UV gel, gel polish and polish.

This competition focuses on the roles and skills of a Nail Technician, bringing in creative tasks, which reflect current trends within the nail industry.

The competition focuses on the role and tasks of a Nail Technician carrying out a range of services within a salon environment, which reflect both current and traditional standards as well as industry requirements. This may include nail care, nail technology and nail art.

As a competitor, you will also be tested on health and safety, exceptional client care and communication skills. Ideally you are looking to demonstrate your specialist skills and technical knowledge to the highest level with a view to progressing your career further in the nail industry.

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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Health & Safety

  • Customer service skills

  • Organisation skills

  • Time management

  • Creativity

  • Technical skills

  • Showing Resilience

  • Patience

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies below
  • Competitors must have achieved a full or working towards a Level 2 or 3 Nail Diploma qualification, within the last two years and/or are enrolled in an appropriate programme of study towards Level 3 or up to SCQF level 6.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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