Diploma in Professional Nail Technology


Course Introduction

The Diploma in Professional Nail Technology is a comprehensive course that encompasses all the necessary knowledge and skills needed by a professional nail technician. The teaching syllabus is self-developed base on compilation from years of research of various techniques used by leading nail technicians from USA and Japan, and on the judging criteria of internationally recognized competitions, meticulously tailored and improved to suit the local nail culture as well as international license assessment standards. Students will be learning and completing practical sessions coupled with detailed theory explanations to ensure full understanding of every detail during each practical demonstration sessions. Apart from the detailed step by step practical correction sessions, the course emphasizes heavily on understanding all aspects of the nail from natural nail services to nail extension and various nail arts techniques. This ensures versatility in application of techniques necessary to deal with different situations that could be encountered in the actual salon working environment. Students will also be taught secondary practical skills like spa treatment and waxing to supplement the main nail business. In addition to the hard skill trainings, the course also includes a salon management module to prepare those who may want to set up a nail salon business.


Course Objective

To equip students with in depth understanding of the manicuring services as well as extension services and nail arts both theoretically and practically.


Learning Outcome

Students will achieve in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and acquire high level skill in manicure service, acrylic extension and gel extension techniques as well as salon managing knowledge. Besides acquiring professionalism in the core techniques necessary to a nail technician, students will also be equipped with ability to create intricate nail arts to compliment the services. Through added modules other than the main techniques, students will be equipped with the ability to achieve versatility in application of techniques necessary to deal with different situations that could be encountered in the actual salon working environment.



1.    Foundational Theory for Manicuring
2.    Professional Manicurist Techniques
3.    Nail Extension Theory and Foundations
4.    Professional Acrylic Extension Techniques
5.    Professional Gel Extension Techniques
6.    Professional Salon Nail Arts
7.    Supplementary Module


Topics Covered:

Foundational Theory Topics :

1.      Nail Anatomy
2.      Sanitization & Disinfection
3.      Nail Shapes & Styles
4.      Nail Systems & Chemistry
5.      Nail Structure & Shapes
6.      Nail Tip Applications
7.      Nail Application Process

Practical Study Topics :

1.      Customized Nail Styles & Filing Techniques
2.      Manicure Setup & Procedures
3.      Various Varnishing Techniques
4.      Cuticle Care Techniques
5.      French Manicure Service
6.      Foot Care & Pedicure Setup
7.      Massaging Techniques
8.      Setup Procedures
9.      Filing Techniques
10.    Acrylic & Gel Nail Application Techniques
11.    Tip Extension Techniques
12.    Clear Tips Overlay Techniques
13.    Acrylic & Gel French Extension Techniques
14.    Infill & Maintenance & Removal of Acrylic & Gel Nail
15.    Acrylic & Gel Sculpture Extension Techniques
16.    Embedded Glitter Nail Extension Techniques
17.    Fabric Wrap Nails
18.    Free Hand Nail Art
19.    Emboss Nail Art
20.    3D Nail Art
21.    Spa Treatment Techniques
22.    Electric Filing System Introductory
23.    Salon Business Management


Medium of Instruction: English
Mode of Teaching: Classroom, Practical
Trainer to Student Ratio: 1:20

Course Duration

Duration: 240 Hours

The course can be taken in the below time frame:

Part Time:

– Day Time (3 months), classes will be conducted from 12pm – 6pm and will be on a fast track.

– Evening (6 months), classes will be conducted from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, this is the normal track.

– Saturday (6 months), classes will be conducted from 12pm – 6pm, this is the normal track.

Course Fees

Local Student:

Course Fee: S$ 3800
Course Material Fee: S $720
Course Note: S$ 60
Exam Fee: $ 250

Total Course Fees Payable: S$ 4830


Non-Tuition Fees

•   Rental of Locker
•   Miscellaneous Fees (VIEW)


Upon Application

Application Fee

Local Student: $250

Course Intake

Every month (subjected to number of enrolment).


Entry Requirements

•   At least 16 years old & above.
•   Academic : Minimum GCE N Level or Equivalent or upon completion of PROFESSIONAL MANICURIST CERTIFICATE
•   Language Proficiency: English / Chinese at GCE N Level or Equivalent
•   Students without formal education should have at least 2 years of work experience.

Examination & Assessments

Students need to complete at least 80% of the total lessons and achieve the certificate of attendance before they are allowed to sit for the Diploma Examination. The Diploma Examination consists of Theory paper and Practical Assessments for Natural Nail Service, Acrylic and Gel Nail Extension and Nail Arts. Diploma in Professional Nail Technology will be awarded to student who has passed the Theory and all practical assessments.

Upon meeting all Graduation Requirements, you will graduate with a Diploma in Professional Nail Technology by PRINA.



Upon successful completion, you will be able to use the knowledge and skills learnt, to enter the industry and take your place in the industry as a Qualified Nail Artist, Educator and many more.


Graduation Requirements

Students will need to achieve a minimum attendance rate of 80% and achieve minimum of 80% in their total examination score computed with the following;

1.    Assignments & Class Practical Mock Assessment 20%
2.   Theory Exam 20%
3.   Practical Exam 60%