Esthetician-Nail Technician

Certificate of Achievement
Esthetician-Nail Technician

Program Overview

Esthetician-Nail Technician is a certificate of achievement program delivered on-campus in the evenings. The program provides you with knowledge and skill development in working with and enhancing nails. At the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Salon & Spa, you will receive training in manicuring, pedicuring, nail art and lacquers, Gel nails and toes, Acrylic nails, and nail wraps. You will also develop salon management, communication and customer service skills.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards journeyperson status. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in salons, spas and wellness centres.


Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Esthetician - Nail TechnicianEstheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations (6562)$23,900 - $46,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Delivery is subject to student enrollment

Length: 14 weeks


  • Prince Albert


Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2021/22 Academic Year


BUS 010
Nail Salon Operations
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You will develop an understanding of operating a nail salon and employer expectations. Your studies will develop your awareness of legal and labour regulations, financing, nail salon design and maintaining shop inventory and equipment. The course covers practical application of personality theories to salon situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
NAIL 010
Nail Enhancements
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You will learn artificial nail services for fashion conscious clients. This course will teach you the many types of artificial nail extensions, nail art, nail maintenance and repair.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): NAIL 101(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): NAIL 010CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NAIL 101
Manicures and Pedicures
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You will develop an understanding of the anatomy of hands and feet, hand and nail care, disease and disorders. Your studies will help you learn specialized techniques and treatments to offer to your manicure and pedicure clients. You will practice manicures, pedicures and treatments.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 010(concurrent) or SANT 110(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 010
Customer Service Practicum 1
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You will practice nail salon duties and provide quality customer service through teamwork, communications, and professional practices. You will prepare to work as a nail technician by practicing under the direct supervision of an instructor until skills improve to industry standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): BUS 010(concurrent), NAIL 010(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 010CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 011
Customer Service Practicum 2
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You will demonstrate mastery in performing all nail technician services. You will participate in a mock journeyperson evaluation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 010(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 011CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
SANT 010
Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene for Nail Technicians
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Your studies will focus on safety as it relates to a nail salon, personal health and sanitation. This course provides instruction in the study of bacteriology. You will also study relevant safety concerns such as fire safety, health risks and diseases.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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