Training for nail technician

Since 2009, the Iryna Giblett Nail Academy has trained more than 3500 students and Nail Technicians in the USA, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The Academy's educators have won more than 100 international competition medals and also provided Judges at some of the World's most prestigious nail competitions.

Today, the Academy offers one of the most respected educational programs in Europe. Our carefully selected distributors, resellers and schools are hand-selected and are continuously trained by Iryna Giblett and our global educators to meet company philosophy of "Nail Design Excellence".

Good education provides should not only teache the most modern techniques, it must expand your skills and knowledge to enable you to increase your creativity and strengthen your self-confidence. Good education is the key to developing your reputation, higher salon services prices, more loyal customers and higher profits. 

Just as some universities have a better reputation than others, all nail schools are not equal. We encourage you to research each school carefully and look at the experience and awards that their educators may have.  Ask to see examples of their work and references from their students. 

Starting a Career - training for beginners

In recent years in the nail industry was followed a trend to offer cheaper and shorter training courses for people who want to become nail technicians. At the same time, competition among local nail salons has increased and service prices have fallen. The result is that many newly qualified nail technicians leave the business within the first 12 months as they are unable to find enough customers and make a profit.

How does does it take to train as a Nail Technician in different countries?

  • South Korea: 4 years
  • Japan: 2 years
  • USA: 400 hours (about 10 weeks)
  • UK: from 2 to 5 days, depending on the school.  
  • Sweden: at least 145 hours of teacher-led training, usually spread over 8 to 12 weeks. 
  • Germany: most schools provide 2 days classes, a few offer 3 or 4 day classes

Foundation classes provided by the Iryna Giblett Nail Academy

The practical skills and theoretical knowledge to become a competent nail professional, are similar to that required to pass a car driving test. In both cases the student has to improve and develop their hand/eye coordination and learn the correct way to use the tools. Just as driving theory helps to protect the safety of the driver and others, nail schools need to teach how to safely use the nail materials and tools, sanitation and sterilisation, hand and nail anatomy, basic product chemistry. It is impossible to learn all of this in a 2 day class. Home study and practice, while useful, is not a substitute for an experienced teacher who gently corrects mistakes and guides the student.  

  • Manicure with nail polish and gel nail polish, 2 days
  • Pedicure with nail polish and gel nail polish, 2 days
  • Nail Technician Basic course for gel materials 14 days
  • Nail Technician Basic course for Acrylic Liquid & Powder materials 14 days
  • Nail technicians Complete Basic Course for gel and L & P materials 25 days

We also provide the following additional education:

  • Spa and apparatus manicure, 1 day
  • Electric Files Certificate, 1 day
  • Mixed Salon Nails technique, 1 day
  • Advanced gel techniques, 1 day
  • Advanced acrylic techniques, 1 day
  • Advanced nail shapes, levels 1, 2 days
  • Advanced nail shapes, level 2, 2 days
  • Nail Art with gel paints, level 1, 2 days
  • Nail Art with gel paints, level 2, 2 days
  • Nail Art with acrylic paints, level 1, 2 days
  • Nail Art with acrylic paints, level 2, 2 days
  • 3D Acrylic Nail Art, level 1, 2 days
  • 3D Acrylic Nail Art, level 2, 2 days
  • Flat Acrylic Nail Art, Level 1, 2 days
  • Nail Art using Nail Foils, Level 1, 1 day
  • One-Stroke Nail Art, level 1, 2 days
  • One-Stroke Nail Art, level 2, 2 days
  • Mixed Media Nail Art, level 1, 2 days
  • Mixed Media Nail Art, level 2, 2 days
  • Fantasy Nail Art, level 1, 2 days
  • Fantasy Nail Art, level 2, 2 days


Competition Training
We also offer competitive training and 1-on-1 mentoring for all subject areas. However, this offer is only available to customers who use the Iryna Giblett nail products for at least 12 months and our Eductators. Please contact us for more information.