Accredited 12-Week Nail Technology Traineeship

Accredited 12-Week Nail Technology Traineeship

Is training – with a focus on hands-on practical learning over academic theory. It’s perfect if you want to get a professional, industry-led qualification at the same time as real-world work experience.

Our focus is on helping you become empowered and self-employed in 2024

Deborah Whelan (owner)

In addition, she completed QQI Level 6 Training Needs & Identification, QQI Level 6 Training Delivery & Evaluation, and Level 7 Professional Training Practices at UCC.

The Advanced Institute of Nail Technology ‘AINT’ was established in 2001. AINT is currently responsible for training groups of students in Community Colleges, FAS Colleges, and Private Colleges Nationwide. AINT was nominated for ‘Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Training Institute of the Year’ at the IBPA Irish Professional Beauty Association Awards.

Course Director Deborah Whelan was on the judging panel with the president of the IBPA in judging the nail Technician of the year. We won the silver title of Irish Nail Champions at the Irish Nail Championships.


Approved None-NFQ Training Provider of Training in Ireland and the UK

When you choose our accredited 12-week nail technology traineeship, you can be confident that we provide the highest quality training. This also guarantees that you can get insurance for your new career.

We are an approved non-NFQ training provider, which means that anyone receiving a Social Welfare payment can avail of the Technical Support Grant worth 1,000 euros to pay for any of our fully accredited courses.


Theory course notes include:

  • Structure and function of the nail
  • Structure of the bones of the hand & forearm/foot
  • Nail anatomy sample exam questions and answers
  • Nail disease and disorders
  • Nail disease and disorder sample exam questions and answers
  • Professionalism related to Beauty/Complementary or Sports Therapy and explain the appropriate professional
  • Preparation – student prepares herself and the client for professional treatment
  • Consultation form
  • Disclaimer form
  • Aftercare advice form

Practical work:

Nail Preparation / Manicure preparation

  • Safley pushing back the cuticle without damaging the delicate Matrix (the growing section of the nail).
  • Buffing the natural nail without damaging the surface.
  • Filing the natural nail without fraying the edges.
  • Nail polish application in 3 strokes. Tip Application
  • Application of plastic tips without air bubbles.
  • Choosing the correct nail tip.
  • Positioning the right size tip for each fingernail.
  • Proper & safe use of the tip clippers to shorten the tips
  • Tip blending & shaping

Product Application
Application of cover-pink gel and acrylic systems.
Application of permanent French tip acrylic system. Application of gel polish, leaving a perfectly smooth and straight line around the edges. Use of disposable and reusable forms for sculptured gel and acrylic nail extensions

Followup and Maintenance Treatments
Safe refill procedure techniques.
Safe removal procedure. Repairing a broken nail.
Professional shaping: Square, Squoval, Stiletto, Coffin, long and short Almond.

Items you will need at home:

  • Table (preferably with drawers to store your products that are sensitive to sunlight)
  • 2 chairs (preferably an ergonomic chair for yourself to protect your back) Tech Tip*** Always mind your back! Your chair should be at the right height so that your knees and hips are at the right angles.
  • Table lamp with a bulb of at least 60 watts of white light
  • Tissues
  • Cotton wool
  • Cotton tips
  • Metal bin with a self-closing lid and bin bag inside
  • Small glass bowl


A Nail Technology Traineeship is a great opportunity for you to work towards an accredited qualification. It provides a balance of hands-on training and classroom-based learning. Here are some of the positive features of the traineeship route through work experience, education, and training to employment:

You will gain practical hands-on training in a simulated workplace whilst also learning the theory of your industry in the classroom.

  • Traineeship training will provide you with valuable work experience.
  • Traineeship offers an opportunity for employed people to upskill within their sector and still hold onto their job. It may lead to promotion within the company or upward progression within the sector.
  • Traineeships are open to people of all ages and from all educational and employment backgrounds.
  • On successful completion of the training, trainees will earn an accredited nail technology qualification.
  • Your social welfare payment to not be reduced or affected while you are in training.


The final step after graduating from your nail course is connecting with your new customer base. Our web designers have designed unique web brochure templates for successful AINT graduates, these web brochures are designed for students to project a professional image of their new business.

Here we link your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and LinkedIn accounts centrally. Your new clients can visit your unique web brochure, follow all your social media links and price lists, and learn about you and your qualifications.


Having spent 21 years in the beauty industry, training thousands of students to become Nail Techs. Empowering women through education and helping many get back earning on a self-employed basis or gaining employment in nail bars etc.

AINT has developed a full range of professional nail kits with training manuals available for professional use. AINTNAILZ integrates top-quality materials and years of experience in education – into one product family.

We care about the environment, all our liquid bottle containers are recyclable and refillable. We are 90% paperless, all your notes are uploaded to an easily accessible platform or emailed, then we go through them in class together. But, if you prefer paper notes, we can do that too, some people like to have notes in their hands to learn and we totally respect that too.


Our development engineers have carefully selected only the best quality ingredients and products to allow you to concentrate on the things most important to you, such as producing top-quality nails for your clients every time. We appreciate how hard it is to build a client base and stay ahead of competitors. That’s why we promise you that we have done our research so that you can work worry-free, and confident that our quality assurance will always back you.


The duration of your traineeship is 12 weeks.

So, you have enough time to learn your trade and feel confident by the time you finish. We have learned from over 20 years of experience in training that learners need to have enough time to gain the confidence to go out into the workplace and charge for doing a set of nails.

Your first session is an informal meet-and-greet and introductory to the layout of your course. Here you can meet fellow students, have one-on-one time with your tutor, and get help with any queries you might initially have.

Following that, your tutor will demonstrate from the beginner stages of preparing the natural nail, applying tips to producing top-class, natural, durable gel, and sculptured acrylic nail extensions.

Master perfect and quick prep techniques to prevent lifting, apply the nail form to perfectly fit with the natural nail, create competition-style smile lines making your clients nails slim and chic, and create a free edge with white to make unique and perfectly sharp smile line.

Your classes are both fun and practical.


Continue to educate yourself with our masterclasses. Attend any of our master class workshops in the new and exciting “nail biter system,” Our SuperFine dip acrylic system. Continue to update your skills with our sculpturing Xtreme nail shapes workshop courses in – Marilyn, Stiletto and Russian almond, Edge, Pipe, and Gothic Almond shapes.


We want to continue working with you, give you additional opportunities after your training, and become a distributor; when you have expert product knowledge, why not spread the word…. talk with local salons and product suppliers about stocking AINT products. Earn 20% on all your orders, receive cash into your bank account the next day


Because fairness, equality, transparency, and professionalism are at the heart of our training procedures. We have developed all policies and procedures, and make them available to both learners and tutors.

Documents available for learners – Learner Handbook Data Protection Documents available for Tutors – Quality Assurance Documents – Application Form Access Interview Application for Reasonable Accommodation Daily Roll Tutor Pre-Programme Planning Lesson Plans Mid-Way Meeting Progression Pathways Progression Review Form Assessment Portfolio Checklist


I genuinely recommend the innovators, products, courses, and events by heart – and especially the team spirit and success philosophy to everyone.

Thank you for your trust, and we will work even harder in the next 10 years to keep you contented with our materials and tools to stay your trustworthy partner.

The nail innovator
Deborah Whelan
Beauty Expert and Advisor

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