Acrylic - UKBA Diploma (Distance)

Qualification: UKBA - diploma
Prerequisites: none
Locations: UK / International
Price (excl. VAT): £129.99
Deposit Option: n/a
Duration: online
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Kit: (excl. VAT)Details in pack
Description: Learn how to create a set of beautiful nails using Acrylic. We cover preparation, application, maintenance and removal

Congratulations on taking your first steps to building your career as a Nail Technician

The suggested process for completing this qualification is listed below:

Training Manual

Download and print the Training Manual. The Training Manual has been designed to give you the knowledge and understanding of the service you are providing. At the end of each chapter you will find recap questions to ensure that you have fully understood what you have read. The manual covers:

  • Salon health, safety & hygiene
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nail structure, bones of hand
  • Preparation of work station
  • Be able to consult, plan and prepare for Acrylic with clients
  • Understand contraindications that prevent or restrict the application of Acrylic
  • Nail disorders / diseases
  • Be able to carry out an Acrylic application service
  • Be able to provide aftercare advice for clients
  • Agenda
  • Health & Safety
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Nail structure / functions
  • Work Station Preparation
  • Products / benefits
  • Consultation
  • Contraindications
  • Nail disorders
  • Acrylic procedure
  • Aftercare

Training Video
The Training Video has been created to give you the practical skills you require to complete the service at salon level. Watch the video and make notes on each stage. You can then have the video playing in the background whilst you practice. Try to use the video as a guide rather than following it step by step.

What You Will Need

In order to complete your qualification, you will need the correct materials. A kit can be purchased through UK Beauty Schools or you can source it independently. You will require:

  • Acetone 60ml
  • Acrylic Liquid 50ml
  • Acrylic Powder Clear 40g
  • Acrylic Powder Pink 40g
  • Acrylic Powder White 40g
  • Nail Glue 3g
  • Nail Primer Pen
  • Sterilising Spray 60ml
  • Tip Blender 15ml
  • Nail Fresh 100ml
  • Plastic Dropper
  • 20 Natural Competition Tips
  • Black Beauty 240/240
  • Lint Free Pads
  • Dappen Dish
  • Sable Brush No.8 Round
  • Manicure Sticks
  • 20 Olympic Assorted Tips
  • 20 Active Assorted Tips
  • 20 Ultra Assorted Tips
  • 20 Big C Assorted Tips
  • 20 French White Assorted Tips
  • Tip Cutters
  • Curved Nail Scissors
  • White Block
  • Quick Shiner Buffer
  • Cuticle Pusher

Practice Diary
Using the knowledge and understanding obtained from the Training Video, complete the practice diary, detailing the practice that you have completed. The purpose of the practice diary is to build your confidence and develop your technique so that you are completing a salon quality service for your Case Studies.

Case Studies 
Your Case Studies are designed to get you used to the process that would be followed when in a salon environment. For each Case Study you will produce an Observation Record, before and after photos and client/therapist feedback.

Final Assessment 
The purpose of your final assessment/s is to demonstrate that you can complete a salon-quality service in the time allocated.

Your assignment is designed to show that you have the knowledge and understanding to support your new Nail skills. The assignment is to be completed on your eLearning account, using the Training Manual and independent research to assist you.



What is the difference between distance learning, live courses and face 2 face?

Live courses are completed by using a mixture of online material through our portal and a live practical webinar with one of our highly skilled tutors. With a maximum of 6 people during the session, we'll be using zoom as a conferencing tool to perform the virtual webinar.

Distance Learning you will be provided online access to our online portal, here you will have access to training video's, pdf and assessments but you will NOT have the live tutor session.  The entire course is completed online. 

Face to Face you will attend one of your training schools in the south-east for your practical day - click here to see our face to face courses

Which training method is right for me?

This entirely depends on your situation. We offer three methods as a company:

  1. Face to Face in one of our beauty schools (click here to see our face to face courses)
  2. Distance learning
  3. Live Courses 

All with their own pros and cons, but as a company, we feel we need to offer our customers the flexibility of all three.  

* NVQ upgrades not available through a virtual platform, you can upgrade and complete your home study but will need to attend class-based assessments when the school reopens

What’s the difference between a diploma and an NVQ/VRQ qualification?

The really depends on what you're looking to do, if you're looking to treat friends, go mobile or run your business from home then we’d recommend a diploma by the Beauty Guild. However, if you were looking to work in a Salon or Spa most would require you to have an NVQ/VRQ qualification.

If you decide on the NVQ/VRQ qualification you'll also be required to attend an additional day for assessment, further to this you'll automatically receive a diploma qualification. More information will be given to you during your practical day at the School. Assessments are only available at Kent or Essex.

The upgrade will cost £158 per treatment for example Manicure £158 Pedicure £158. Cost for other upgrades £220 each for Full Body Massage, Microdermabrasion, Reflexology Eyelash Extensions, Epilation and Facial/Body Electrotherapy, and is available during checkout. NO VRQ Upgrade available for Lash Lifting/ Quick Dip Acrylic/ Defined Brows/Brow Lamination.

If you decide to upgrade to VRQ/NVQ (VTCT is the name of the awarding Body)
Once you have completed the Diploma day you will be required to complete the following as *home study:
- Practice Diary to help build technique, confidence and timings
- Case Studies to put together consultations, service and aftercare with assessment paperwork
- Assignment to demonstrate knowledge understanding
During this time you will have access you all documents online and contact details for our NVQ Coordinator and Education Manager for any questions you may have.
Once all of the above has been completed, you would return to the school to complete your assessments and written exams.
*Home study may take 2-8 weeks depending on your time available to complete content.

Can I upgrade my diploma to an NVQ at a later date?

Yes, you’ll have the option to do this. You’ll have to pay the additional fee (see above) for the upgrade, and we’ll then provide you with all the additional material for your NVQ qualification. We’ll then schedule your assessment day at the school. 

Can I get insurance with my Diploma certificate?

Most insurance companies will insure you with a Diploma or NVQ certificate.  Our specialist insurance scheme through Salonsafe& ABT provides tailored cover for our qualified students. The insurance allows our students to gain cover to work on the public, with treatment risk included as standard. Please click here for further information.   

What if I cancel my course, will I get a refund?

Distance: No refunds are possible once payment completed.

Live: It will depend on the circumstances surrounding the cancellation and the notice given(see T&C for more details). In the instance that a refund is requested due to illness, medical notification will be required. Unfortunately, we are unable to give a refund if the online theory has been accessed/completed.

How many students are there in a class?

We believe in keeping virtual class sizes small, so students have more one 2 one time with our tutors. Our normal class size is 4 to 8.

Is the Course accredited?

Our courses are approved and accredited ABT (Distance learnng), VTCT (VRQ), or UKBA (UK Beauty accreditation). This will enable you to obtain liability insurance from various insurance companies, including our specialist insurance partner - Salonsafe.  Please click here for further information.   

When will I get my certificate?

Distance learning will achieve there certificate on successful completion of all modules

Live: - Online theory must be completed and students must meet the standards required for practical delivery by UK Beauty Schools before diploma eCertificates can be issued. If standards are not met you will be offered 1 free retake or you may be asked to provide case study videos.  if more training required after this it would be chargeable. NVQ certificates are issued by the awarding body. Diploma eCertificates will be emailed by Head Office within 7 days after the course. If you cannot see in your inbox please check your spam folder. Hard copies can be purchased for £10.00.


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