Gel Polish on Natural Nails (shellac)

This course will be delivered using the individual tutors own preferred Gel Polish system (shellac), when you contact then you can ask them what system you will be using on the day. However upon completion you will be qualified and insured to deliver the treatment using whichever system you choose. It is the treatment you are training in and NOT the system.

We do not recommend one or the other, nor do we liaise with any particular Gel Polish suppliers.

The purpose of a using a gel polish (shellac)  instead of a regular varnish is that it is recommended to last up to two weeks without chipping.

Gel nail polish isn’t an extension, it is a specially formulated nail varnish that is applied to the natural nail and cured under ultraviolet or LED light. Curing means that a chemical process takes place which occurs when the photo-initiators within the gel varnish itself are exposed to the UV or LED light. It creates heat while the oligomers combine to form long chains during the polymerization process.

These bonds of chains make the gel varnish become hard. Any sticky layer residue can be removed by a specially formulated product available from most gel polish suppliers.

Gel Polish Course content

Full practical demonstration and guidance throughout the day: checking the condition of the hands and nails, trimming the nails & filing, full gel preparation of the nails, full gel application and removal.

Health and Safety at Work Law , Sterilisation and Hygiene in the salon

Data Protection

Anatomy and Physiology relating to the course you are studying

Consultation process and an example of the consultation card.

Contra-indications and how to recognise them, Contra-actions

Licensing requirements if required. Professionalism/ Code of Ethics

Local Bylaws that may affect your business e.g. treating minors.

Where to obtain insurance and details of professional associations.

Entry Requirement & Prerequisites

You must have a manicure qualification to be able to train and deliver a Gel Polish treatment on clients fingernails.

You must have a pedicure qualification to be able to train and deliver a Gel Polish treatment on clients toenails.

Course duration & CPD

Half a day, 8 CPD

Assessment and Examination Method

There will be continuous formative assessments taking place during your training day and you will be expected to answer verbal questions and perform a Gel Polish application with minimal direction from your tutor, this is your summative assessment at the end of the day.

Course Investment


Deposit: £30

Amount due 2 weeks prior to training: £65


Accredited Practitioner Level Diploma

Insurance Cover

Once you complete this training you will be entitled to gain insurance. All courses at Inspire Therapy Training are accredited and recognised by industry professionals. See image below for accreditng bodies we have chosen for this diploma.


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Some examples of work by our tutors and their students.