If you want to become a certified nail technician, this is the course for you! This beginner level program requires no previous training and is designed for the aspiring nail tech who wants to become certified.
Our 5 day, In-Person Gel Certification Program will teach you every fundamental aspect of becoming a skilled nail technician as well as give you advice on how to market yourself and build a successful career in this industry!
Unlike many other nail training programs that are outdated, overpriced, and overbooked, our program provides small, intimate classes with a maximum of 4 students per class, preparing you for a career in the nail industry by giving you personal, hands on training and mentoring directly from your educator – someone who is very established in the nail industry!
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.
The classes are scheduled as 5 consecutive days of in person training. After our 5 days together, you will take your student kit home with you and you will leave feeling confident and excited to start!
You will receive our ongoing support and be expected to submit photos of your work through the online portal to complete your practicum. With these photos, we can see your work and offer you any guidance you may need.
Once you pass all three practicum assignments, you will be write your online exam. Upon completion of that, you will receive your Gel Nail Technician Certification via mail, and be able to shop at local or online beauty distributors as well as work in any salon!
You will not find another program in the industry that includes a student kit that even compares to ours! We love being able to curate our student kits based on our many years (and thousands of dollars) of trial and error, testing different product lines trying to find ones that actually delivered!
And we found that in Ugly Duckling Nail Products! All kits consist of all our favourite products from Ugly Duckling. Ugly Duckling is a Canadian owned company carrying top of the line, vegan and cruelty free products. They also have exceptional customer service – something we deeply respect and value here at Halo Nail Academy!
Welcome to Halo
Student Kit Checklist
Setting Up Your Workspace
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
Swarovski and Nail Art Supply Links
How to Practice Art on Plastic Nails
Creating Thin Line Work
Gold Leafing VS Gold Foil
Working with Chrome
Planning Out a Set of Nails
Swarovski Supply Links
Pricing Your Services
Brand Development & Marketing
Pre-Practicum Final Exam
Practicum Assignment #1
Practicum Assignment #2
Practicum Assignment #3
Let’s face it, social media has entirely changed the nail industry, and with more and more nail techs becoming true NAIL ARTISTS, the standard is set high for nail techs all across the world.
In order to stay relevant, we need to keep up to date with all of the trending art and refined shaping, and these workshops are designed to help you do that! If you are looking to spice up your artistry, expand your business, and make more money, you are in the right place! Send us an email to find out what our upcoming workshops are!
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Keesha has been absolutely obsessed with nails since she became a certified nail technician in 2014! She is so grateful to be able to help people express themselves creatively through the art of nails! In 2019, she decided to start teaching nails so that she could share this passion she has for her profession with aspiring nail artists! Since then, she has taught and certified many nail technicians, which has expanded her passion for this industry even further. She teaches them not only how to create beautifully balanced and artistic nails, but also how to build their own successful nail businesses!
We provide intimate training sessions with a maximum of 4 students per class! This ensures that no questions go unanswered, and that students get lots of one on one time with their instructor!
We offer our students ongoing support throughout their certification and even have alumni group chats where students can network with one another and boost each others social media engagement!
Unlike other schools, our student kits are jam packed full of goodies! We include everything from sanitation supplies, e-file, dust collectors, and lamps, to gel essentials, nail art goodies, and more!
Throughout her career, Keesha had many new and experienced nail technicians reach out asking for her expertise on various nail issues they were having troubles with – a lot of which were actually basic nail and salon knowledge! This led Keesha to realize that there was a major lack of quality education for those new to the industry, leaving these students feeling totally lost, even upon completion of their nail courses.
Nail technicians reaching out to her for help or advice admitted to her that they felt they had not received proper support during or after their classes, and that their education did not cover key topics such as proper shaping, electric filing, and salon safety, just to name a few.
This did not sit right with Keesha, so she began formulating her highly detailed curriculum and starting her own nail academy with her own Gel Technician Certification Program!
With a focus on precision sculpting and shaping, and extensive knowledge of extra topics such as nail art, client communication, salon safety, marketing and more, you can rest assured that your education with Halo Nail Academy has all areas of your new career and business covered.
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.
We expect our students in our Certification program to complete the course within one year. This is plenty of time to complete the practicum portion of the course. If you are unable to complete the course within that year, you will have to make arrangements to extend your program 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.
Deciding to take the plunge into a new career 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. The $1000 deposit is non-refundable. Once the course is paid for in full and the classes have started, the tuition is non-refundable. Should you have an emergency situation arise before that first day of class, the tuition minus the deposit will be put towards an upcoming class date.
The program is $3900 + GST, which includes a kit worth $1900, access to online resources for one year, your in person class days, and one year of communication with your educator for help pertaining to education taught within the program.
To secure a spot in an upcoming class, please click the button at the top of this page that says “save my seat in an upcoming class”, and select your payment option.
Be sure to send us an email specifying the course dates you are interested in, along with your full name and phone number so we can schedule you into our class booking system!
This is something we would love to do if the opportunity arose! If you are a salon or a distributor and want to hire one of us to teach a course, please email us at email@example.com
Secure a seat in my Gel Certification Program in Vancouver, BC, by paying your $1000 deposit. The remaining tuition fees ($2900 + GST) are due before the end of the first day of class. This deposit is non-refundable.
Paying in full means you are deciding to pay for your deposit and your full tuition all at once! Tuition is $3900 + GST.
This payment plan option splits your tuition in to 6 monthly payments of $715. This price includes 5% GST and 5% interest.
The first payment comes out upon sign up and will act as your deposit to hold your seat in class. The remaining payments will continue on the same day of each month until all 6 have been completed.
This payment plan option splits your tuition in to 9 monthly payments of $485.33. This price includes 5% GST and 7% interest.
The first payment comes out upon sign up and will act as your deposit to hold your seat in class. The remaining payments will continue on the same day of each month until all 9 have been completed.
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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