Training Courses

Kelly Ashby Nail Academy offers hands-on nail courses, fully accredited by ABT (Associated Beauty Therapists).

Specialising in the education and development of Nail Technicians, Kelly Ashby Nail Academy offers professional training in a friendly and supportive atmosphere where you will gain all of the skills you need to work confidently with clients, creating beautiful nails that they'll love.

If you're serious about working in the beauty industry, you will need accredited training in nail treatments; salons and spas increasingly require therapists who can perform nail services and becoming a fully qualified nail technician is one of the most flexible ways of working for yourself.

All of the courses are meticulously created by Kelly, who with more than 20 years under her belt as a self-employed Nail Technician and Educator has drawn on her own experience and passion to enable others to reach their full potential.

Kelly Ashby Nail Academy is especially dedicated to providing a 1-2-1 learning environment where those who experience social anxiety can thrive.

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Gel Enhancements

Duration: 2 Days

Course Fee: £230

Qualification: ABT

Gel Polish

Duration: 6 Hrs

Course Fee: £110

Qualification: ABT

Hard Gel

Duration: 4 Hrs

Course Fee: £150

Qualification: ABT

E-File

Duration: 3 Hrs

Course Fee: £110

Builder Gel Overlay

Duration: 4 Hrs

Course Fee: £150

Qualification: ABT

1-2-1 Training

Practical training that’s customised to your needs.

Course Fee: £40/Hr

Qualification: ABT

Nail Art

Duration: 4 Hrs

Course Fee: £80

Nail Art Online Course

Learn 19 fantastic nail art techniques

Course Fee: £40

Gel Enhancements Course - Accredited training course


Course Details

This is a two day course.

On this course, you will learn how to perform Gel Enhancements. The course takes place over two days, set two to three weeks apart to give you time to practice and provide case studies.

You will be required to study a manual before your first training day and will need to complete a theory assessment with questions in relation to the manual. Once you have successfully completed the training course you will receive a Kelly Ashby Nail Academy / ABT accredited certificate.

ABT accredited course

You will also learn to:

  • Prepare the treatment area
  • Carry out a client consultation
  • Prepare the client for treatment
  • Prepare natural nails for application
  • File and shape the nails
  • Apply tips
  • Apply gel overlay
  • Refine enhancement
  • Maintain enhancement
  • Carry out safe removal
  • Provide aftercare advice

You will also study:

  • Relevant hygiene, health and safety
  • Sterilising and care of equipment
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Client Consultation
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • Disorders that can affect clients nails
  • Non-Medical conditions
  • Equipment and Products

A kit is not provided, please find a kit list below. You must come to training with clean nails as students work on each other.

Requirements:

To attend this course you must already be qualified in either Manicure or Gel Polish

You will need to come to training with clean nails as students work on each other (models are not required).

A kit is not provided, you will need to bring all items detailed in the kit list below to training.

Gel Enhancement kit list:

  • 120/180 grit file
  • 180 sponge buffer
  • 240 grit file
  • Nail glue
  • Ultraform tips
  • Pure acetone
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Iso-propyl alcohol
  • Cotton buds
  • Tissues
  • Detail brush
  • Hard Gel
  • Rubber Base
  • Top Coat
  • Lint free wipes
  • Nail clippers
  • Lamp
  • Duster brush
  • Couch roll
  • Microfibre eyelash brush

This course is unbranded, so please bring whichever gel system you prefer to use. Advice can be provided on this.

Most of the products on this list can be bought from The GelBottle and other products can be bought from a wholesaler or Amazon.

Please ask if you need help on where to buy your products.

It is advisable to use the lamp that the manufacturer of the products you are using recommends, for insurance purposes as well as quality of service.

Course Fee £230.00 (£115.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

Gel Polish Course - Accredited Training Course

Course Details

On this course, you will learn how to perform a professional dry manicure and gel polish treatment.

You will be required to study a manual before your training day, and then attend a 5.5 hour training session to study the theory and practical elements.

You will be asked to complete a theory assessment with questions in relation to the manual and you will be required to perform a professional Gel Polish treatment. On successful completion, you will receive a Kelly Ashby Nail Academy / ABT accredited certificate.

ABT accredited course

You will learn to:

  • Prepare the treatment area
  • Carry out a client consultation
  • Perform a dry manicure
  • File and shape the nails
  • Apply gel polish
  • Maintain cuticles
  • Remove gel polish
  • Provide aftercare advice

You will also study:

  • Relevant hygiene, health and safety
  • Sterilising and care of equipment
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • Non-medical conditions
  • Equipment and products

During this course I also provide a consultation for business advice.

Requirements:

You will need to come to training with clean nails as students work on each other (models are not required).

A kit is not provided, you will need to bring all items detailed in the kit list below to training.

Gel polish kit list:

  • Client consultation card
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Nail clippers
  • Cuticle pusher & Nipper
  • 180 grit file
  • 240 grit file
  • 180 sponge file
  • Acetone/Cleanser
  • Lint free wipes
  • Detail brush
  • Base coat
  • Gel polish colour
  • No wipe top coat
  • Cuticle oil
  • Couch roll
  • UV/LED Lamp *
  • Microfibre eyelash brush
  • IPA (Iso-prophyl Alcohol)

This course is unbranded, so please bring whichever gel system you prefer to use. Advice can be provided on this.

Most of the products on this list can be bought from The GelBottle and other products can be bought from a wholesaler or Amazon.

Please ask if you need help on where to buy your products.

It is advisable to use the lamp that the manufacturer of the products you are using recommends, for insurance purposes as well as quality of service.

Course Fee £110.00 (£55.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

Hard Gel Overlays (Conversion) Course - Accredited Training Course

Course Details

On this course, you will gain knowledge of :

  • The anatomy and physiology of the nails
  • Health and safety
  • How to prepare the work area
  • The importance of good client consultation
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • Practical elements of preparing a nail
  • How to complete the practical treatment of applying gel overlays
  • Aftercare advice
  • Removal process
  • Soak Off Gels & Hard Gels
  • Troubleshooting any problems that may arise

This is not a gel extension course, it is for converting to hard gel if you are already qualified in extensions, or for use as an overlay on natural nails.

You will be required to study a manual before your training day and then attend a 4 hour training session to study the theory and practical elements.

You will be required to perform a professional Hard Gel Overlay.

On successful completion, you will receive Kelly Ashby Nail Academy / ABT accredited certificate.

ABT accredited course

Requirements:

To attend this course you must already have a qualification in either Gel or Acrylic Enhancements.

You will need to come to training with clean nails as students work on each other (models are not required).

A kit is not provided, you will need to bring all items detailed in the kit list below to training.

Hard Gel kit list:

  • 120/180 grit file
  • 240 grit file
  • 180  sponge buffer
  • Acetone
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton buds
  • Tissues
  • Hard Gel
  • Rubber Base
  • Top Coat
  • Lint free wipes
  • Gel brush
  • Cleanser
  • Lamp
  • Duster brush
  • Couch roll
  • Microfibre eyelash brush

This course is unbranded, so please bring whichever gel system you prefer to use. Advice can be provided on this.

Most of the products on this list can be bought from The GelBottle and other products can be bought from a wholesaler or Amazon.

Please ask if you need help on where to buy your products.

It is advisable to use the lamp that the manufacturer of the products you are using recommends, for insurance purposes as well as quality of service.

Course Fee £150.00 (£75.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

E-File Course - Accredited Training Course

Course Details

On this course, you will learn the techniques required to safely and efficiently use an E-File (Electric File), taking the hard work out of maintenance and helping to avoid RSI as well as reducing treatment times, allowing you to work more cost effectively.

A professional quality E-File is recommended (you should bring an E-File with you to training).

We recommend some brands such as the Saeyang (K38 or K35), The GelBottle and Kupa. Cheaper files from eBay / Amazon are not suitable for a professional treatment and can be uncomfortable for your client.

It is important that your E-File feels comfortable for both you and your client, does not vibrate during use, has variable speeds, will accept standard sized bits and comes with a warranty.

You will learn how to use your E-File to:

  • Remove Gel Polish from overlays/enhancements
  • Debaulk product
  • Reduce length
  • Prepare natural nail
  • Cuticle work
  • Refine

You will also learn:

  • Safe removal
  • What the different E-File bits are used for
  • Hygiene for your E-File and your client
  • How using an E-File can speed up your treatment time

Requirements:

You will need to come to training with extensions/overlays with gel polish that have been on your own nails for two to three weeks, as students work on each other (models are not required).

A kit is not provided, you will need to bring all items detailed in the kit list below to training.

E-File kit list:

  • E-File
  • Fine grit Safety Bit*
  • Medium grit Safety Bit*
  • Face mask
  • Goggles
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Acetone
  • Cuticle pusher
  • 180 grit file
  • 180m grit sponge buffer
  • Duster brush
  • Lint free wipes
  • Cuticle oil

* Safety bits can either be carbide or ceramic

Recommended E-File Bits:

Course Fee £110.00 (£55.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

Builder Gel (Soak Off Gel) Overlay Course - Accredited Training Course

Course Details

On this course, you will learn how to use perform Overlays using Builder Gel / Soak Off Gel.

You will be required to study a manual before your training day, and then attend a 4 hour training session to study the theory and practical elements.

You will be asked to complete a theory assessment with questions in relation to the manual and you will be required to perform a professional Builder Gel Overlay. On successful completion, you will receive a Kelly Ashby Nail Academy / ABT accredited certificate.

ABT accredited course

You will learn to:

  • Prepare the treatment area
  • Carry out a client consultation
  • Complete the practical treatment of applying gel overlays
  • Provide aftercare advice
  • Troubleshoot any problems that may arise

You will also study:

  • Removal
  • Practical elements of preparing a nail
  • Relevant hygiene, health and safety
  • Sterilisation and care of equipment
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • Non-medical conditions
  • Equipment and products

Requirements:

You will need to come to training with clean nails as students work on each other (models are not required).

A kit is not provided, you will need to bring all items detailed in the kit list below to training.

Builder Gel kit list:

  • 120/180 grit file
  • 240 grit file
  • 180  sponge buffer
  • Acetone
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton buds
  • Tissues
  • Builder Gel
  • Top Coat
  • Lint free wipes
  • Gel brush
  • Cleanser
  • Lamp
  • Duster brush
  • Couch roll
  • Microfibre eyelash brush

This course is unbranded, so please bring whichever gel system you prefer to use. Advice can be provided on this.

Most of the products on this list can be bought from The GelBottle and other products can be bought from a wholesaler or Amazon.

Please ask if you need help on where to buy your products.

It is advisable to use the lamp that the manufacturer of the products you are using recommends, for insurance purposes as well as quality of service.

Course Fee £150.00 (£75.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

1-2-1 Training

Available By Appointment

Course Details

Kelly Ashby Nail Academy provides personalised training for nail technicians. We offer one-to-one sessions with our expert tutor, delivering practical training that’s customised to your needs.

We can cover anything you require, including:

  • Troubleshooting with application, lifting, chipping of any products.
  • Conversion from your current brand to The Gelbottle
  • The Gelbottle, including Builder in a Bottle and the new gel pots
  • Gel polish application
  • Gel enhancements
  • Nail Art
ABT accredited course

Course Fee £40.00 per hour

For further information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”

Nail Art Course

Course Details

An introduction to up-to-date nail art techniques that are fashionable within the nail industry, this course will help you discover which techniques you most enjoy performing and which designs may best suit your clientele.

This course is not brand specific and advice will be given about where to buy products as well as tips on how to increase your treatment menu through offering Nail Art. Most of the nail art is performed using gel polish.

Nail pops are provided for you to work on so you can take your designs away with you.

Techniques Covered:

  • Stamping
  • Glitters
  • Dust
  • Holographic Powder
  • Detail work 
  • Colour Changing    
  • Marbling
  • Cats Eye
  • Stencilling   
  • Gems
  • Ombre
  • Pigments
  • Chrome Powder
  • Foils
  • Matte effect
  • Chameleon Flakes
  • Tye-Dye
  • Flexi Tape
  • Encapsulating

Requirements:

Materials are provided but please bring a top coat and a lamp.

Nail Art kit list:

  • Top Coat
  • UV/LED Lamp

Course Fee £80.00 (£40.00 non refundable deposit required upon booking)

For dates & more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”
  • 1-2-1 Training is available for this course

Nail Art Online Course

Course Details

This course uses easy-to-follow videos showing you 19 fantastic nail art techniques. You’ll also learn how to make them cost effective, the materials you will need and where to get them!

Certificate supplied on completion.

Course Fee: £40

For more information, contact Kelly at kellyashbyacademy@gmail.com or 07720 051013

  • Please let me know if you would like me to register you for a discount for The GelBottle. This discount code will work for three orders.
  • I also have discount codes for insurance. For ABT use code “KELLYW99” and for The Beauty Guild, use code “11244”