How do the NVQs work?
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are awards based on your practical, work-related skills, rather than purely on academic work. This means that you’re not assessed on essays or exam questions, but instead on how well you can do your practical work and on a portfolio of evidence which you’ll build up.
When you sign up, you’ll be assigned an individual assessor to help you throughout your course. He or she will meet you and talk to you about what you’ve done, to establish your levels of knowledge and experience. Your assessor may also observe you at your work, and when they’re happy that you’ve reached the required standard, you’ll be awarded your NVQ.
Why should I do an NVQ?
NVQs are recognised and respected by all sorts of different employers. Since they are based on practical skills, they are a great way of demonstrating your high standards of work and professionalism and will help you if you decide to look for a new job or a promotion.
NVQs are awarded at different levels from 1 to 5 – level 1 is normally for complete beginners, and level 5 is for people working at management level. As you move through the levels, you’re required to complete more complex tasks, and work to higher standards.
What does the Nail Technician course cover?
- nail art
- applying and maintaining extended nails (acrylic or gel)
Throughout all of these modules you’ll be also be learning about the essential health and safety requirements of working in a salon, as well as concentrating on customer care. This is all about making sure that your customers are happy and healthy, and really enjoy their experience – of course this makes them much more likely to come back, and to recommend you to their friends!
Since this is an entry-level course, you don’t need any previous qualifications to sign up. Once you’ve completed your level 2, you can, if you want, move onto the level 3 course which will go into more detail and cover more topics.
The course is great for you if you’re just starting out, or if you’re already working in a nail bar or salon and want to get some formal qualification to help you in your career.
How long does the NVQ Nail Technician course take?
You need to complete the whole course within a maximum of two years but it is unlikely that it will take you that long. You may do it very intensively, covering all the practical elements in a few weeks (Carlton Institute Elite Course), or you could spread it out over many months – the choice is yours.
You’ll also need to spend some time building up your portfolio, in order to submit it to your assessor. Your portfolio is for you to prove what you can do. It may include statements from your colleagues about your work, any testimonials from your clients or photographs of nail art which you have done. Your assessor will be able to give you more guidance about what to include.