Soak Off Gel Manicurist Certification Program

This is a certification program for anyone new to nails that wants to dip their toes in the industry and learn how to start offering quality natural nail services!

Earn your Soak Off Gel Manicurist Certification from the comforts of your own home with this in-depth, interactive, online certification program taught, using only the best and highest quality brand on the market – Ugly Duckling Nails! 

How it Works!

What you can expect from the Online Soak Off Gel Manicurist Certification Program:

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 me (Keesha), personally.  I will offer you detailed, visual and verbal feedback on your homework submissions, and if the submission passes the requirements, I will unlock access to next your course modules. 

I want you to be a confident, skillful gel manicurist after completing this course, so I 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 me that I am able to see your work every step of the way, working with you to shape and develop the skills necessary to succeed!

The entire course includes a total of 11 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:

  • Salon Safety and Sanitation Procedures
  • Gel Chemistry
  • Hand-filing and E-filing
  • Nail Anatomy and Manicuring Procedures
  • Natural Nail Prep
  • Gel Structure
  • Colour Theory
  • Fills/Rebalancing
  • Removals
  • Nail Art
  • Pricing & Client Communication

I promise you won’t leave my program with unanswered questions.  It is my mission to ensure you always feel supported as you grow and flourish in this industry. 

Certification is awarded upon completion of the course, allowing you to shop professional use only products from beauty distributorsIf you enrol in this course and decide you want to further your education by learning how to do sculpted gel extensions, you can transfer into the Online Gel Nail Technician Certification Program for the price difference of $2200.

Student Kit

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, Canada.  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 $250, 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.




66 Lessons

$999 CAD

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Halo

  • Downloadable Student Handbook

  • Secrets of Success

  • Using Canva for Homework Submissions

  • Student Kit Checklist

  • Getting Started

  • Salon Safety

  • Disinfection and Sanitation

  • Salon Safety Mini Quiz

  • All About Gel

  • Understanding Gel Viscosities

  • Gel Cure Times

  • Filing 101

  • All About Hand Filing

  • Hand File Grips, Grits & Motions

  • All About the Electric File

  • E-file Bits

  • All About E-filing

  • Manicure Theory

  • Nail Anatomy Mini Quiz

  • E-file Manicure

  • Natural Nail Preparation

  • Working with Gel – Builder Base

  • Natural Nail Overlay (Full Service)

  • Natural Nail Overlay on Yourself!

  • Gel Structure

  • Gel Structure Quiz

  • Gel Application

  • Structured Mani vs Natural Nail Overlay

  • Structured Gel Manicure

  • Finish Filing for a Perfect Shape

  • Structured Manicure Assignment

  • Gel Polish Manicure on your First Model

  • E-file Manicure on Model

  • Natural Nail Prep on Model

  • Gel Polish Manicure on Model

  • Clean Colour Application

  • Gel Polish Manicure Assignment

  • Structured Gel Manicure Fill (pt 1 – filing)

  • Structured Gel Manicure Fill (pt 2 – gel fill)

  • Fills/Rebalancing
  • Removing Gel

  • Soak Off Gel Removal

  • Soak Off Gel Removal Assignment

  • Hard Gel Overlay Removal

  • Nail Art 101

  • How to Practice Art on Plastic Nails

  • Sharpie Watercolour

  • Gold Leaf

  • Transfer Foils

  • Vertical Ombre

  • Creating Thin Line Work

  • Rose Quartz

  • Working with Chrome

  • Planning Out a Set of Nails

  • Online Halo Course Student Discount

  • Client Communication & Pricing


  • Final Exam
  • Congratulations!