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Beauty Courses

Acrylic Nail Course - Recognised Qualification for Professional use in a Salon, Spa or for Mobile Therapists

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Course Times
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Accreditation & Entry Requirements

Acrylic Nail Extensions| Accredited Diploma Course

Professional one day course, you will learn how to create an Acrylic Nail Extension as well as learning to apply natural nail overlays in clear and permanent French.

There has been a 20% increase of nail bars in the UK due to demand a massive jump and it has been growing fast year by year. You will learn all the basics of Acrylic including tip application and blending.

When you attend this course you will learn the new techniques the clients are asking for, keep up with demand and add this training to what you offer.

No case studies are required - no written exams, certificate given on the day on completion of a successful practical assessment with your tutor.

If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge. However, due to small classes this is rare but available if required.

What's included in this Course

  • Hygiene, health and safety
  • Learn how to ensure top standards of health and hygiene for your   surroundings, self and your clients
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Study of the hands and the nail
  • Products and equipment required
  • What to use and buy for yourself or your salon in order to perform these treatments
  • Consultation procedures
  • How to gain the correct information from your clients before you commence the treatments
  • Contra indications to treatment
  • Nail diseases and disorders, what to look out for and how to recognise these
  • Acrylic Nails
  • How to perform this popular treatment by applying Acrylic Nail extensions as well as finishing the treatment
  • The art of nail preparation, how to size and apply the nail tip, overlay application, Permanent French technique as well as clear, traditional finish and also Overlays to the natural nail, nail maintenance and in-fills and your tutor will talk about how to remove Acrylic Nails
  • Aftercare
  • Advice for your clients on correct treatment at home in between visits to the salon
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology is given in your manual, the manual is included in the price of this course and covers everything you have learnt during your days training
  • Advice on kits required to use with your clients from our tutor

All Course Times, Dates & Who the Course is Accredited With - All Easy to Find on this Page.

The Times, Full content, Accreditation info and Price for this course is located on this page - We have tab links at the top of this page, so you can easily find this infomation.

Scroll up to the top of page, for example COURSE TIMES can be found at the top of the page - next to the 'course explained' button.

This one day accredited diploma course is open to complete beginners or existing therapists, no previous beauty or massage experience required to attend.

This is an insurable course allowing you to use this therapy with the general public and charge for it.

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We Train Celebrities and Social Media Influencers

The celebrities are all after this look - now you can offer your clients the perfect nail look that is in demand!

We offer this course at many of our venues across the UK and Ireland.

We train Bobbi Brown and Channel 4 Make up Artists in our award winning beauty courses, top hotels and spas.

This is a recognised qualification that you can use professionally and accredited by various bodies

We also have a Gel nails course too if this nail course is not quite right for you.

You are not required to have a qualification in nail manicure to attend this course as this is a stand-alone treatment. Achieve stunning results for your clients quickly and easily with our professional training.

Many students who are new to nails find this course easy to pick up and often move on to attending the manicure and pedicure or UV Gel with Gel Polish course afterwards.

Course Times

And also Dates & Venues Information

This information can all be found by going to the very top of this Page - Simply scroll up and then click on information tab link button of choice.

You can find the price, venue options and dates all located at the top of the page next to the 'Course Explained' Link 

Voted Guild Awards of Excellence Winner 'Best Training School' 5 years in a row.

We Love what we do and have a passion for teaching.

Our Promise to you - Repeat Your Course if Needed

If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge within 6 months when spaces are available with the same tutor.

However, due to small classes and the 1-1 attention you receive this is rare but for your peace of mind available if required.

Course Accredited or Approved by the following bodies:

Accredited Certified & Insurable Course
Price £165.00

Do I need to bring a model?


You do not need to take a model with you as you will work with another student on the day of training. The class runs with 2 or more people booked on and you can book 24 hours before the start date if you wish. If you do not wish to be worked on due to medical reasons, sometimes the tutor can provide one if advised beforehand.

Please note - You will be working on each other so any nail extensions needs to be removed for the day of your training.

One day insurable accredited course - maximum of 6 in a class, keeping it small ensuring individual attention.

We have many venues and dates on offer in London and all around the UK including Ireland.

This is an insurable course allowing you to use this therapy with the general public and charge for it.

This course holds between 5 - 13 CPD points (all professional bodies are different please check with the one you are registered with for confirmation of points they award for one day courses)

Do I need to have a manicure qualification to attend this course?


A manicure is not part of the Acrylic Nail treatment. The tools are different from those used within a manicure.

The only skills that are similar are cuticle work, which is still different as with manicures the hands must be soaked with nail extensions and the cuticle prep is dry.

The Anatomy and Physiology is the same in our manual for both courses, so there is no difference there.

A Manicure is a completely different treatment to Acrylic nail extensions. You will have professional tutors teaching you so picking up the skills will be easy. A manicure is about natural nail care and the Acrylic is an artificial treatment.

Students will also learn the contra- indications, client consultations and aftercare advice.

Products Used

Our beauty courses offer the opportunity to train in the technical aspects of application of the materials required for your chosen course, without losing valuable practical time trying to sell you products. We show you how to effectively use the product to achieve fantastic results, so you can build your client list and your business.

Our certification is not brand specific. In some cases you insurance may be invalid if you train with a branded product detailed on your training certificate and you then change to another brand. This also allows us to offer our training courses at a lower cost so that you can buy what is right for you and the necessary products rather than buying unnecessary and costly equipment.


Some of the beauty courses have kits available to buy on the day, enabling you to continue to build your confidence and skills immediately upon your return home.

Your tutor will advise you if a kit is available for your course when confirming your booking. Some kits may require payment in advance and others may be available for purchase on the training day.

Relevant anatomy and physiology is given in your manual, the manual is included in the price of this course and covers everything you have learnt during your days training.

There are no previous qualifications or knowledge required to take the course, beginners are welcome.

The tutor will advise you about the cost to charge your clients and insurance cover on the day of training.

Why Book with us?

We are an award winning school, Number One Training School (out of over 80 schools) in the Beauty Industry Survey - By The Guild of Beauty and Holistic Therapists.

And Voted The Guild Awards of Excellence 'Best Training School' by students and won mulitple years in a row! We maintain high standards and are proud of our team of passionate and caring tutors.

When you book with us you have peace of mind we have a proven track record - established in 1998 and accredited by the top professional bodies.

Certificate - Insurance - Brands

Why is our course so popular?

This is because the certification we give you allows a student to work with which ever particular brand they choose to purchase later and use with their clients.

Importantly as we teach effective and safe methods with products our tutors love to use but do not insist on the students who attend to have to continue with any one given brand afterwards to gain insurance and use what they have learned with us professionally.

This then allows students to make their own choice of brand and also means that they are not tied by any particular brand when it comes to their insurance, so should they ever have a problem and if a claim is made and they have changed brand, they would still be covered (please check this with your insurance provider) giving you a lot more flexibility.

This also means you are not tied into buying brands from us which is very restrictive which only makes the school you are buying them from money but does not benefit you. This means the certificate you gain with us gives you the freedom to use what ever brand you wish, the tutors can guide you to good products but ultimately it is your choice!

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© Gateway Workshops, students are not authorised to teach this course unless through Gateway. This is a therapist course only, information is copyright and to be used with their clients only and not taught to others.

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Certificates, Times, Venue and Balance Payment Information.

Certificates are given on the day of training, a recognised Gateway Diploma qualification.

For course times, venue information, what to wear etc please use/click on the information tabs above where this information can be found.

The balance of the course fee is paid direct to the tutor and they will contact you by email as soon as the deposit is paid for the course.

Course Manuals

All course manuals are included in the price of the course - you will get a bound hard copy course manual given to you on the day of your training.

Our Extra Gifts to You!

You will also get a complimentary Anatomy and Physiology manual as our gift to you - worth £10!
This is given to you when you sign up for a course as an e-manual, via a link in your course confirmation from your tutor.

You do NOT have to read this before your course.

You do NOT have to bring it with you as it is for later reference if you need it.

It is an extra manual to save you having to buy Anatomy and Physiology books later saving you money.

We also send you the Gateway therapist accounts package after you have completed a course with us - complimentary worth £10!

Course Accreditations

This course is insurable, accredited or approved by the professional bodies, Guild of Beauty Therapists, ABT - Associated Beauty Therapists, Towergate, Thinktree.

For more information, see Accreditation & Entry Requirements information tab above

Certifications/Qualifications Attained

Gateway accredited/recognised diploma

Insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.

Specialising in small classes for individual attention
Why book with us - Accredited, Established, Trusted, Recognised and Insurable Qualifications

Who do we train?

Every year we train thousands of therapists, from Champneys Health Resort, large professional salons like Dior, leading hotels like the Mandarin Oriental Spa at the Knightsbridge 5 star hotel, the Sanctuary, John Lewis Spa, Bobbi Brown, Channel 4 as well as training therapists and complete beginners who come to us at one of our many venues.

Feedback from our Students

Feedback from Lisa Crocker

This is the fourth course I done with Gateway Workshops and each course has been excellent. My tutor really knows her stuff and knows exactly what you need to know to successfully start offering the treatment to clients. When you leave you know exactly what to do, what you need to work on, which books will support you in this and where to buy products and equipment from, which products are useful and which are just a gimmick! She manages to keep the whole group focused whilst giving individual attention and working on ironing out any difficulties. These courses are great value for money and the course content covers everything you need to know to give a complete treatment. For example, when I did the Beautiful Brows course this covered: Trimming, Tinting, Waxing, Plucking and Threading and shaping the eyebrows. There is no other course out there that covers all these techniques to cover this could have cost me at least £500 undertaking several courses!!! Fantastic teaching, fantastic course content, all the products provided and all at a fantastic price (I have spent more on a dress!!). I will definitely undertake more courses.

Price and course content I have undertaken several courses, so good I would don't think I could book with another company now!!


Feedback from Fern-Lianne Kent

I had a look at the company and thought it was brilliant! I had such a fantastic time on the course! Everyone was so friendly and the teaching with brilliant! I can't rate it enough! Will be back for more training!! Thank you so much!


Feedback from Amie McGinnigle

Fabulous tutor I would definitely recommend doing this course as well as other courses, she knows what she wants to see from her students and will be straight to the point with any questions asked. Very knowledgeable of her work and is helpful with everything you need to know about starting up a business, For example what you need to purchase to get started, insurance, health and saftey for your clients and also yourself ect. gave out manuals of all the information we talked about and learnt, this will be good for future reference if needs be. I will be booking another course in the near future as i really enjoyed the course and cant wait to to put what i have learnt to into practice. Many thanks from one happy student.

I will be booking another course with Gateway in the near future. Highly recommend.

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes


Feedback from Amy Newell

Brilliant! I felt welcome and valued, tutor was incredibly informative. The day went unbelievably quickly as I was so engaged and enjoying the experience. I am extremely keen to partake in some other classes.

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes

Did you get confirmation of the course you booked from your tutor by email, within 3 days of booking? Yes

Was the tutor easy to contact before and after your course if needed? Yes

Did you find our manuals useful? Yes
What made you decide to book with Gateway
Gateway had been recommended to me by a fellow classmate.

Where did you hear about Gateway? Previous Student

Did you find this web site easy to use? Yes

Is it ok to use your comments on the website? Yes

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