Comprehensive E-File Upskilling for Qualified Nail Techs(from

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Our E-File training is flexible and self-guided, with pre-recorded and live educator-led components.

This Module is suitable for qualified Nail Technicians who want to update their skills.

This could be for one of several reasons – perhaps you qualified a long time ago and feel like your training is out of date. Perhaps you’ve taken a break away from the industry and need a refresher. Or maybe you trained elsewhere and feel your original training wasn’t as thorough as you would have liked or you just want a different point of view.

What does Short VS Comprehensive mean?

Short courses are quicker and cheaper than a comprehensive course. We consider Short Courses to be a way for everyone to get a foot in the door, no matter your time or budget constraints. Short Courses are more self-guided, where it is up to you to ask for support and monitor your progress.

Comprehensive Courses have a guarantee of quality. Between pre-recorded videos, live lessons, free repeats on live lessons, portfolio submissions, exams and free repeats on exams, there is no way that you will not be a great Nail Tech when that certificate goes on your wall.

During this Module we will cover –

  • What to look for when choosing an E-File and the Bits to go with it
  • The difference between common bit materials, shapes and grits
  • Using an E-File to remove Gel Polish from both enhancements and the natural nail
  • Using an E-File to remove enhancement lifting and prepare for backfills
  • Using an E-File to reduce the length of an enhancement
  • Using an E-File to contour/surface file a new enhancement
  • Using an E-File to clean under an enhancement
  • Using an E-File to rebalance a French enhancement
  • Using an E-File during a Removal services
  • The pros and cons of using an E-File over a manual hand file for each of the techniques we teach you
  • How to clean, disinfect and maintain your machine and bits

We will not cover – 

  • How to use an E-File on the natural nail – no product with today’s technology should require more prep than a brief, light buff with a 180-grit buffer of softer
  • How to complete cuticle work with an E-File – working on skin is an advanced skill that requires experience and confidence with an E-File that goes beyond beginner capabilities

Your fees include – 

  • 2 x 3-Hour Live Lessons. These are completed online with the help of a Mentor, who will guide you through practicing each skill for the first time.
  • 4+ Hours of Video Content. Pre-recorded Demo videos allow you to see a demonstration from multiple angles, up close, and with the benefit of rewatching.
  • 7-Day Support via our Facebook Group. We have a beautiful, unparalleled community of like-minded folk in there, ready to welcome you.
  • 5-Day Support via Email and Phone
  • The opportunity to repeat classes for free for 12 months subject to availability.

This course does not include – 

  • Unlimited attempts at your Assessments. Different from how we run assessments for other modules, the E-File Exam is one-on-one, either online or in-person. During the exam, you are required to complete a full backfill service on 10 nails of either BIAB, Acrylic, Hard Gel or PolyGel applied 2 weeks prior to the exam and with a minimum of 2mm growth. You are required to use the E-File to remove gel polish, remove lifting, shorten the nail and contour the nail as applicable to the full service being provided. One attempt at the exam is included in your course fees for free. If you need to resit your exam, you will need to do so at an extra cost of $49 per hour.
  • A Portfolio Requirement
  • A Kit. Our courses are brand neutral and we don’t want to force you to pay for products that you don’t want or need. However, we do sell Artistic Nail Design products and kits are available if you choose to add them.

What do I need?

  • Your own E-File. For a good E-File, expect to pay between $400-1200 but for training, as long as an E-File is 30,000 rpm, light weight, vibration free and doesn’t have a bulky hand piece you will be in safe hands. This E-File meets all requirements without breaking the bank and is a suitable E-File to learn with or until you decide whether using an E-File is right for you. When you’re ready to upgrade, we love this one. Kupa, Young Nails, and Max Estrada also manufacture great E-Files.
  • Your own E-File Bits – however, don’t rush out and buy them now. During the first few lessons of this course, you will learn the pros and cons of various types and materials and will form an opinion on what will work best for you. Prices vary between $20-$50 per bit. It is also worth noting that if you are left-handed, some bits are multi-directional but others are intended for right or left-handed use only so please check with the supplier if you need left-handed bits.

Please be aware that E-Filing creates more dust than hand filing and that dust is lighter and therefore stays in the air longer than hand-filing dust. The best option is to install a dust extraction unit in your table but we also recommend swapping towels and aprons throughout the day to minimise dust exposure, as well as using nitrile gloves, a dust mask and wearing long sleeves. Please make sure any mask worn is suitable for this activity – cheap masks may actually trap fumes that would otherwise be extracted, and keep them close to your face. Open windows also aren’t a great idea as a breeze keeps the dust from settling.

How does it work?

Within 2 business days of enrolling, you will receive access to the online components of your course, which you can access by logging into this website. You can work through the content at your leisure.

You will occasionally see markers that say ‘It’s time to book a lesson’. These refer to the live, Mentor-led Zoom Lessons. There will be instructions on how to book. We have a range of options available, with weekend, evening and weekday lessons available for you to pick and choose from.

You can also see a breakdown of all lessons by downloading a Lesson Guide from our Student Resources page.

When you’re ready, book in for your Exam, also done via Zoom.

What if I’m not good enough?

Your live lessons are where, after watching the pre-recorded demonstrations, a Mentor can help you in real-time. There’s a misconception that you need to be good before you join a lesson but this is definitely false! A lesson is where your Mentor guides you through practicing for the first time – you’re not supposed to be a master.

Once you’ve completed all lessons within a module, you are allowed to repeat them for free until the end of your 12-month Study Period, which will also help with your confidence.

Where are the courses held?

Our online courses are 100% Online including pre-recorded, live and exam components. Complete from your home or salon, no matter where you are.

Will I get a Certificate?

This Module is part of the Advanced Refresher in Nail Technology. A Sticker to add to your Advanced Refresher in Nail Technology certificate is included with this course, available after all criteria are met.

If you would like a certificate additional to the Advanced Refresher in Nail Technology qualification, you can purchase one in the ‘Certificates’ category of our online Shop. For comprehensive courses, this is an A4 Certificate.

Is there a Payment Plan?

If you’re on a budget, we recommend that you start with our Short Courses. You can pay using a credit card, bank transfer or LayBuy. We also have a ‘Pay As You Go’ version of some courses.