Accredited Course

The course at a glance

  • An accredited module by Guild Beauty:


Once you complete this module it enable you to obtain   
professional insurance ready to carry out treatments on the public.

  • The course is split into 2 sections, practical and theory. The theory is online, once completed you will have a practical session in a small group at the Academy. 

  • This course includes a go to manual that you can take home and you can refer anytime you need.

  • No kit needed, you will use the salons products while training.

  • Learn a professional Manicure routine and ways to adapt this treatment.

  • After the course you will receive details to our student Facebook support group and details to access our online learning portal.

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Course Options

The Manicure Course


Optional Manicure Starter Kit is available for an additional £100.00. 
More course information below.

Course Description

In this course, you will be shown the correct way to care for the nails and the products required to perform a Manicure. This course covers the technique for performing a Manicure treatment as well as detailing the steps for a Luxury Manicure, Mini Manicure and Male Manicure. Hand and nail diseases are detailed as well as the correct way to carry out a thorough consultation and gaining confidence with nail prep tools. This course also requires a visit to our Training Academy.

Breakdown of Costs

We have 2 payment options for this course:

Option1 - A complete payment of £185.00 paid when you sign up for the Manicure Course.


Option2 - A payment of £61.60 deposit is required for you to get started on your online theory for this course. The remaining balance of £123.40 will need to be paid a week before your Manicure Practical.


You will receive a welcome email from the Academy when you sign up to our course with details of how to pay the remaining balance.

Total cost of the course only - £185.00

Starter Kits

Our starter kit is priced at £100.00 and is optional extra to our Manicure course. You do not need to bring a kit with you for the course but you will need a kit to carry out your case studies after the practical session. You can source a kit yourself after your practical session with the starter kits the Academy recommends. The advantage of purchasing our kit is it includes everything you will need to start practising, with products we have tried, tested and now love! Please note if you purchase a starter kit you will receive this on your Manicure practical at the Academy.

Starter Kit Includes:

  • Sanitising Spray

  • Hand Scrub

  • Hand Masque

  • Hand Lotion

  • A Set of Files

  • Cuticle Pusher

  • Cuticle Nippers

  • Nail Brush

  • Base Coat

  • Top Coat

  • White Nail Polish

  • Red Nail Polish

  • Cuticle Oil Pen

  • Nail Art Liner Brush

Course Requirements

Our Manicure Course requires no previous qualifications and is suitable for newbies to the industry or professionals looking to renew their skills.


Before you can start this course you are required to complete 2 FREE mini courses:

1. Guild Professional Standards for Beauty Therapists. 

2. Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control

If you have previously completed a course with Guild Beauty your account will register you have already completed this, and you will not be required to resit these courses. If you are new to Guild Beauty you will be required to complete these before you can access your Manicure Theory. 

Online Section

Module 1 - Introduction, Reception, Consultation and Ventilation

Module 2 - Anatomy & Physiology

Module 3 - Contra-indications & Contra-actions

Module 4 - Preparation

Module 5 - Technique

Module 6 - Treatment Adaptations and Aftercare

Manicure Practical

  • Recap over online training 

  • Health and Safety

  • Code of Practise

  • Demonstration of a Manicure treatment

  • Demonstration of a Manicure adaptations

  • Practical assessments on providing a Manicure treatment

  • Practical assessment on providing a Manicure treatment with adaptations

  • Manicure aftercare

Practical Assessment

  • In your final assessment you are required to carry out a  Manicure treatments one with one hand finished in a block colour finish and the other hand with a french effect. You can bring your own model or the Academy can provide these for you. More details about your final assessment and the requirements will be provided in your Manicure practical session. Please don't get yourself worked up at the thought of an assessment this is purely to see if you as a student are confident to step into the industry treatment ready and that you have understood the course and your tutor.

After the Course

  • You will be added to the Totally Polished Academy Facebook support group. 

  • You will receive log in details for the online course portal. This has go to guides, step by step videos, a self employed manual and so much more to help you get started in the industry.

  • Invitations to Totally Polished's monthly student treatment days. These are days you can experience working from the Salon.

Please Note

  • This course is accredited by The Beauty Guild making it an insurable certificate which allows you to use carry out this treatment to the general public and charge for this therapy. 

  • This course is open to beginners or existing therapists.

  • A digital copy of your certificate will be available to you upon completion of the course, a hard copy is available to purchase from guild for an additional £15+vat. You will also receive a certificate of attendance from Totally Polished Academy.

  • If courses are one to one then a model will be required for you to use for assessments, the academy can provide a model if needed. 

  • If you do not meet the required standard on the day of training you will be invited back free of charge to attend further training before receiving your certificate.

  • The online theory MUST be completed before your practical session day. The theory can be completed in around a week.

Course Information

Courses are held on Sundays, check out our latest course dates at the checkout. If there isn't any available dates please email us and we can add an extra course date for you.

Manicure Practical courses run 10am-3pm

Lessons are held in our Academy:
15 High Street 
North Yorkshire
LS24 9AP

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after enrolling can I start the course?

Once you have enrolled on a course date and paid the course fee, you will have immediate access to the online course modules which means you can start learning straight away.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

The time it takes to complete the course will depend on how quickly you learn as an individual, and also on the number of hours per day you spend on it. Most students are able to complete the course within approximately 6 hours of study. The practical element of the course will take a minimum of 4 hours depending upon the number of students.

Is the course accredited?

The course is fully accredited by the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists for membership and insurance and follows the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails and holistic.

What support is available to me whilst doing the course?

You can email the Academy at any stage for any guidance or help needed.

What if I am dyslexic?

Each course module includes an audio soundtrack of the course material which is ideal for students who are dyslexic.

Do I need anything special on my computer?

You will need to have a modern web browser and speakers or headphones. 

How will the course be marked?

Following each course module you will take an online examination which requires a pass rate of around 70%. For the practical module you will need to demonstrate that you can perform the outlined tasks to the skill level required.

Am I allowed to refer to text books or notes during the examination?

No. You are expected to complete online tests under exam conditions without referring to any notes, text books or online help.

What if I fail a module?

If you fail a module you have the ability to re-take the examination up to 5 times. If you fail the module you will be contacted by the tutor who will offer support before making a final attempt.

What if I fail the practical assessment?

You will need to arrange another day of training with the GTi Training Centre where your practical assessment was carried out. You will be charged for this.

Do I need to complete any paperwork?

No. All examinations are completed online and a record of your marks is displayed in your login area. When you complete your practical module you may need to fill out your details as well as a review form.

What will I receive when I complete the course?

You will receive a GTi certificate in Manicure which will be available as a download to you on successful completion of the course. You can purchase a hardcopy of the course for a fee of £15+VAT.