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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.

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Also available as a day-time program! The Aesthetics, Applied Cosmetics and Nail Technician Certificates are also offered as day-time programs. Placement is limited. Special approval is required before registering for day-time courses. 

View courses available this term under Program of Studies. You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Contact Continuing Education

Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • 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.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current 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 -  Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business

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

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

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: Examine growth and care of healthy nails. Identify common diseases. Develop manicure and pedicure techniques, using appropriate equipment.
Credits: 2
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: Perform Acry-gel applications for natural and artificial nail extensions. You are responsible for providing models for practical sessions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ASTHWS405 or ASTH10007
Course description: Develop effective business and marketing techniques for starting a cosmetic business. Focus on freelance work, networking, advertising, product inventory and customer service.
Credits: 3

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Advance your knowledge of the skin, study product formulation and make choices based on in-depth skin analysis.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop your knowledge of skin care, with emphasis on analysis of skin types, product knowledge, hygiene and nutrition.
Credits: 3
Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access MyCanvas
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to MyCanvas, Mohawk College’s Learning Management System. Visit the Getting Started - MyCanvas Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Find your Classroom
Room assignments for Continuing Education are available on the WhereEnCampus Portal. Visit Room Listings for more information.

Find your Textbook
Use the Mohawk College Textbook Search to find your course materials.

Explore Contacts and Services


In the midst of completing the Nail Technician Certificate program, Stephanie Visser of Smithville, Ontario was formulating a business plan to open a mobile nail service .“I was looking for mobile nail services but couldn’t find any in my area,” she says. “That’s when I thought to myself this would be a great business to try.”

Stephanie graduated in 2016 and is currently operating her own business, Nailed It! Mobile Spa Service. Her business idea has been met with great success—bookings for Stephanie’s services are usually three weeks in advance. She’s also expanded the business to include providing services for birthday parties and group events, as well as offering children’s services.

Completing the certificate program was no small feat for Stephanie, in fact, she says she almost didn’t finish the program. Certain mandatory courses were only offered during the day and Stephanie wasn’t able to attend these courses due to other commitments. Understanding that CE students balance competing life priorities, the college is able to provide  flexible study options. “They accommodated my schedule by offering the remaining courses in the evening,” she says. “This allowed me to finish the program and earn my certificate.”

Based in the Niagara Region, Stephanie says her services help people in the community, too. “I go directly to the client so the accessibility they may require is not an issue,” she says. “A client can have their nails done in the comfort of their own home.”

Stephanie never thought she would be an entrepreneur. “The Mohawk Continuing Education catalogue arrived in my mailbox one day and I found a program that really interested me,” she says. Today, Stephanie is the owner of a thriving business and couldn’t be happier with what she’s achieved for herself with her Mohawk College Certificate.

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment

  • Nail
  • Aesthetic
  • Hair Salons
  • Freelance Nail Technician

Occupational Categories

  • Nails
  • Aesthetics

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