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Mohawk College Certificate
Nail Technician working on a client's nails

This program is designed for individuals wishing to work in one of the fastest growing areas of the beauty industry. Through theory and practical application you will advance your knowledge and experience, as preparation for employment or starting your own business. Some areas of study include sanitation and hygiene, diseases and disorders, massage techniques, artificial applications, nail art, client care and business procedures.

Also Available as a Day-Time Program!

The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Special approval from the Program Manager is required before registering for day-time courses (see below for contact information). Placement is limited.


Program Contact
Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Creative, Media and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn to recognize healthy nails and understand their growth, diseases and care. Develop manicure and pedicure techniques, using appropriate equipment. You must provide models for practical applications and evaluations.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: ASTHWS305
Course description: Enhance skill development with emphasis on Paraffin Wax, Conditioning Manicures, French Manicures, gel procedures and hand and foot massage. You must provide models for practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS305 or ASTH10006
Equivalents: ASTHWS405
Course description: Develop skill in various aspects of nail art and sculpture enhancement. You must provide models for the practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS905
Equivalents: ASTHWS906
Course description: Develop skill with Acrygel bind gel applications for artificial nails. You are resonsible for prividing models for practical sessions. Supplies included. Prerequisite ASTHWS405
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS405 or ASTH10007
Course description: Learn Effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MRKTWS136

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Designed for those who have an interest in, or are pursuing a career in the field of Aesthetics. Through lecture and demonstration, the student will advance their knowledge of the skin, its structure, the skin types and disorders. They will continue to study product formulation and determine product choices based on in-depth skin analysis. Students will be responsible for models to work with on practical application sessions. Textbook for daytime program included in course fee.
Credits: 3
Course description: Through lectures and demonstrations, participants will study skin structure, analysis of skin types, skin care product knowledge, properties and uses of facials and masques, hygiene and nutrition.
Credits: 3

Industries of Employment:

  • Nail
  • Aesthetic
  • Hair Salons
  • Freelance Nail Technician

Occupational Categories:

  • Nails
  • Aesthetics

How do I apply for a Certificate?

When you receive your final grades for all mandatory courses in a program, you may request your certificate. Visit the Preparing for Convocation page to request your Continuing Education Certificate.

Graduation Requirement

Successful completion of 6 mandatory courses.