Earn your Gel Nail Technician Certification from the comforts of your own home with our in-depth, interactive, online certification program taught using only the best and highest quality brand on the market – Ugly Duckling Nails!
This program gives you way more than the average nail course, so that you enter this amazing industry with the skills and confidence you will need to set you up for success as a certified nail technician!
Upon purchase, you will be granted immediate access to the course. You can start working though the theoretical course study material immediately upon enrolment, while you await the arrival of your student kit items. Once your kit items arrive, you can start working on the training hand with your new products and supplies for the hands-on gel nail training!
Throughout the program there will be detailed video instruction preparing you to complete homework assignments, which will be submitted and graded by your educator, Keesha. Keesha will offer you detailed, visual and verbal feedback on your homework submissions, and if the submission passes the requirements, she will unlock access to next your course modules.
We want you to be a confident, skillful nail technician after completing our course, so we really want to make sure that you have fully grasped the concepts of each assignment before being allowed to move on to the next one. It is very important to us that we are able to see your work every step of the way, working with you to shape and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the nail industry and becoming a high-earning nail technician!
The entire course includes a total of 18 detailed modules which will include a mixture of readings and infographics from our carefully constructed manual, as well as high quality videos filmed at multiple different angles! These modules include important topics such as:
We promise you won’t leave our program with unanswered questions. It is our mission to ensure you always feel supported as you grow and flourish in this industry.
Our gel nail training covers much more than the basic nail knowledge taught in other courses. In contrast to the larger and more basic nail courses, this program covers ALL nail shapes. You will also learn advanced techniques such as pinching, e-file manicuring & trending nail art! You will learn how to price your services, how to brand and market yourself, and how to grow your clientele as well. We want to ensure that you will leave our program with the skills you’ll need to run a successful business in this industry.
Your Ugly Duckling Nails Student Kit is included in the tuition cost. This will be mailed directly to you from the Ugly Duckling warehouse in Victoria, BC. Once you enrol in the program, your first assignment will be to submit your mailing address to us, so that we can get your student kit shipment processed!
The other items you will need to complete the program are linked within the course in our Amazon store. These items total approximately $400, depending on where you are located. Click the button below to see a full list of both the Ugly Duckling Kit items, and the Amazon kit items.
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Welcome to Halo
TWO is Better than One!
Secrets of Success
Student Kit Checklist
Proof of Student Kit Purchases
Downloadable Student Handbook
Setting Up Your Workspace
Desk Setup & Storage
How to Use Your Training Hand
Setting up your Gel Lamp, Dust Collector, and Training Hand
Implement Disinfection Procedures
Salon Safety Mini Quiz
Enhancement Structure 101
Enhancement Structure Quiz
All About Gel
Picking Up a Bead of Gel
Natural Nail Preparation
Nail File Grip & Motions
Training Hand Practice
Working on your Training Hand – Nail Prep Steps
Nail Prep Assignment
Working with Gel – Silicone Thin base & Natural Nail Overlay
Working on your Training Hand – Silicone Thin Base
Working on your Training Hand – Natural Gel Overlay
Working on your Training Hand – Nail Guard Overlay (No Surface Filing Method)
Natural Nail Overlay Assignment
Working with Gel – Building the Shelf & Body
Building a Short Square Shelf
Short Shelf – Refining your Application
Avoiding Bubbles in Gel
Troubleshooting Form Application
BONUS VIDEO! Form Customization and Pinching
Building the Body (Method #1 Gliding Layer)
Building the Body – Method #2 (Building the Apex first)
Module Nine – Handshaping 101
Square Shaping 101
Sculpting Square Assignment
Working on your Training Hand – Sculpting a Coffin – Start to Finish
Sculpting Coffin Assignment
Building the Body – Method #3 (Push & Pull)
Working on your Training Hand – Sculpting an Almond – Start to Finish
Sculpting Almond Assignment
Shape Changes 101
Shape Change Assignment
Please Help Us Help YOU – be honest with us and tell us what you think!
The World of Colours
Gel Polish vs Gel Paint
Working on your Training Hand – Gel Paint Application
Troubleshooting Colour Application
Gel Paint Application Assignment
Colour Mixing 101
Custom Colour Assignment
Intro to Classic French
Method One – Painting Your French
Method Two – Wiping Your French
Painting French Assignment
Introduction to your E-File
Understanding E-File Bits
Working on your Training Hand – E Filing Square Nails (lower arch and free edge)
Working on your Training Hand – E Filing Square Nails (the body)
How to Fix a Fallen Apex (e-filing thick sidewalls and rebuilding the apex)
E-Filing Square Assignment
Working on your Training Hand – E Filing Almond Nails
E-Filing Almond Assignment
Working on your Training Hand – E Filing Coffin Nails
E-Filing Coffin Assignment
Working on Yourself – E-File Manicure
E-File Manicure Assignment
Form Customization for Problem Nails
Form Customization on Short or Asymmetrical Nails
Working on Yourself – Sculpting a Full Set
Sculpting on Yourself Assignment
Full Coffin Set on Model (pt 1) – Prep and Building the Shelf
Full Coffin Set on Model (pt 2) – Building the Body
Full Coffin Set on Model (pt 3) – E Filing the Lower Arch & Free Edge
Full Coffin Set on Model (pt 4) – Hand Filing to Finish File
Sculpting on a Model Assignment
Fills & Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting – Fixing a nail with Cracked Sides
Troubleshooting – Sealing a Nail That is Separating
Troubleshooting – Safely Removing a Ripped & Lifted Nail
Fill on Model (pt 1) – Manicure
Fill on Model (pt 2) – Removing Old Product
Fill on Model (pt 3) – Prep and Gel Fill
Fill on Model (pt 4) – Finish Filing
Nail Fill Assignment
Removing Soak-Off Gel
Gel Removal Service with Manicure – Part One
Gel Removal Service with Manicure – Part Two
Removing a Long Nail
Hard Gel Removal Assignment
Nail Art 101
How to Practice Art on Plastic Nails
Creating Thin Line Work
Working with Chrome
Planning Out a Set of Nails
Pricing Your Services
Brand Development & Marketing
Pre-Practicum Final Exam
Practicum Assignment #1
Practicum Assignment #2
Practicum Assignment #3
If you find your Pinterest and Instagram feeds filled with pictures of nails, you are most likely super passionate about the artistry behind these beautiful nail photos! Why not turn that nail obsession into a career?! We did!
Work hours that fit your lifestyle, whether you are looking to stack cash and work your pretty buns off, or you are a mom simply looking for a little part time work/social life. Plus, you can give yourself a vacation whenever you need it. No need to request time off, you are your own boss!
It seems that everyone is simply working just to make a living. We say to hell with that! bBeing a self employed nail tech means making money AND doing something you love.
All of the money you make goes into your own pocket. The more you work the more you earn, and it’s as simple as that. Why should anyone else get a cut of your hard earned money? Once you establish your business you could make $60+ per hour!
Getting to know your clients on a more personal basis helps build stronger client relationships plus feels much better than general small talk that happens in salons. Once you build strong relationships with your clients, working is basically like getting paid to hang out with your friends.
We all know that awful feeling. You just got off from your 8 hour shift and now you have to drive all the way home in rush hour. Imagine finishing your work day and already being at home! Not only will this save you money on transportation, but it will free up your time to spend on more valuable things
You get to set the pricing for your services, set your own schedule, purchase your own products, decorate your salon, and establish your own policies. Most importantly you have complete control over the growth of your business and the reputation behind your brand.
Click Here to check out our Non-Certification Course! It’s the exact same course, just without the certification, assignments, and communication with us! And if you enrol in our Non-Certification Course and decide that you definitely want to do nails as a career, you can transfer into the certification program at a reduced cost!
Our mission to improve the standard of nail education was triggered through interactions we had with people in our individual in-person academies. We started noticing a major trend in the nail world; people are paying an enormous amount of money for education that they are super unhappy with.
This really hit home for us. How are these institutions charging their students so much money, but leaving their students feeling lost and defeated? This is entirely unacceptable, and this is what inspired us to improve the current education standards! At Halo, we promise to provide the education that we feel every aspiring nail technician deserves access to!
Our Online Certification Program is a certification course, which means you will awarded a beautiful certificate as a “Gel Nail Technician” upon completion of the course. Our certification course does not mean you will be licensed upon completion. Most Canadian provinces and some states in the US do not require a license for you to work as a nail technician. However, some do require this, and it is your responsibility to check what your local guidelines are in accordance to needing to be licensed in order to work as a nail technician prior to enrolling in this course.
Our Online Certification program does expire. You will have one year to complete the course. If you are unable to complete the course within that year, you will lose access to the program until arrangements have been made to extend your program access for an agreed upon fee depending on the length of the term. Extension fee for a period of “6 months” is available for the discounted price of $555 CAD and is subject to change at any time.
Our online art and shaping courses, however, do not ever expire! Once purchased, you will have lifetime access to these courses.
A Certification is a professional recognition of achievement. It means you have completed theoretical and practical training in the industry with excellence. It gives clients confidence in coming to you, knowing you have undergone proper training. Also, it is required from most beauty suppliers before they allow you to make a purchase. As a bonus, it will give you wholesale industry pricing and give you access to professional only products.
All sales are final. Deciding to take the plunge into a new career, or invest in a nail course of any sort, isn’t a choice that should be made on a whim. We encourage all potential students to ask lots of questions before making the investment to start their education.
Simple answer, no! You can absolutely use your phone for all training, but having a computer or something with a larger screen (ie: iPad, tablet, laptop) will really help you to be able to watch all the videos on a larger scale so you can study all of the details.
We wanted to make our courses affordable for everyone, so our payment plan means your tuition will be split into 6 equal monthly payments of the total course cost. Your first payment will come out immediately, and the next payments will come out on the same day of the month as your initial transaction.
If you select a payment plan option, your Ugly Duckling Student kit is included in the tuition cost, meaning that you will be paying for this within your payment plan
The remaining kit items are purchased via Amazon, which cannot be on a payment plan.
The tuition including the Ugly Duckling Student Kit is $2622 + GST. The rest of the products are available for purchase through our Amazon store and total about $400.
So the total amount is approximately $3022 for the course and all the kit items!
There are payment plans available for the $2622 tuition. The Amazon kit items, however, will have to be paid for in full.
Because our certification is taught using Ugly Duckling, you will have to purchase the Ugly Duckling kit, but it’s honestly such an amazing kit and it’s heavily discounted for our students at $400 (regular $550). These savings on such high quality products are well worth it!
We totally understand that some of our students are already doing nails and already have their own supplies at home! For any of the kit items that are not in the Ugly Duckling Kit, we will just need you to send us a picture of them so that we can make sure you have what you will need to succeed in this program!
Upon purchase, you will have immediate access to you course. It will show up in your account “Dash Board” and will be there every time you log into your Halo account!
Before you checkout, you just need to choose your payment option!
We really want our courses to be accessible to everyone, so we now have the option for you to do a 6 month or a 9 month payment plan!
Pay in full to pay for your full tuition (course + Ugly Duckling student kit) all at once! Tuition is $2622 + GST.
Paying in full instead of a payment plan means you save money on your tuition in interest fees! Plus, sign up to be a Halo VIP Member and receive 5% off!
The payment option splits your tuition in to 6 monthly payments of $480.70. This price includes 5% interest and 5% GST.
The first payment comes out upon sign up, and the remaining payments will continue on the same day of each month until all 6 have been completed.
The payment option splits your tuition in to 9 monthly payments of $326.29. This price includes 7% interest and 5% GST.
The first payment comes out upon sign up, and the remaining payments will continue on the same day of each month until all 9 have been completed.
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