Q: Why should I take Obsession Beauty Academys private Nail Technology course over another reputable school?
A: Firstly, this industry is unregulated, therefore so is the education and training requirements. At Obsession we take a thorough, unbiased approach in teaching the proper updated curriculum related to esthetics including skin, muscle and bone anatomy, skin/nail disorders and diseases, bacteria and virus knowledge, proper sanitation and industry professionalism.
We provide detailed theory and custom written textbook work as well as complete hands on training with clientele in a very small well attended class where your name will be known and all your questions will be answered.
We also have the added bonus of not only teaching proper salon etiquette but also including an independent business skill building section for those looking to become entrepreneurs.
Secondly, schools are generally sponsored by one brand or product line and that is all that is taught or acknowledged in the course. A lot of schools wouldn’t even mention the fact that one of the benefits in doing gel nails specifically, is that you are able to interchange brands and create your own colours. In our course you will try many different brands to find the consistency that you work best with, learn how to mix and make your own colours, advanced art application techniques and proper electric filing procedures, which is always additional training and fees in other courses.
You will be given all the tools you need to become a master tech by being taught the proper skills while still beginning. We will be there for you every step of the way to help nurture and support you in the development, use and growth of your techniques. Express courses teach express nails that won’t last and likely neither will the careers producing them. We don’t believe in nickel and diming students for essential skills that are necessary for a successful career in this profession, yet not included with many other short basic esthetics training courses.
Q: What is included with the price of this course?
A: Upon admission to the course you will receive a pre-course study guide as well as a private textbook that is yours to keep. The first day of class you will receive your full student kit, which can be customizable depending what has been arranged at the time of admission. There are in class refreshments such as coffee, tea, water and juice available everyday as well as snacks on sundays, although it is still advisable to bring a lunch. Tools used for advanced techniques that are not included in basic student kits will be available for in class use or to purchase for personal or at home use. The course moves at a fast pace and is based on a minimum of ten hours at home practice per week. Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a certificate of completion certified by Obsession.
The student kit includes:
Gel kit (Swarovski gel brush, clear forms, clear gel, white gel, pink gel, cover pink gel, sanding bands, files, buffers, nail tips, no wipe top coat)
Acrylic kit (Swarovski acrylic brush, foil forms, files, buffers, clear acrylic powder, white acrylic powder, pink acrylic powder, cover pink acrlyic powder, monomer, brush cleaner, dappen dish, nail tips)
Gel Polish kit (Base/top coat, white, black , four colours of choice)
alcohol, acetone, primer, dehydrator, UV lamp, cuticle pusher, replacement tips, cuticle nippers, esthetic scissors, Matte top coat, nail wipes, roll of blue shop towel, nail art brushes, nail art, marbling tools, personal pack nail trainer tips, CS20 sanitizer, sanitizing receptacle, suraface sanitizer, hand sanitizer, dust mask, cuticle oil, and of course Obsessions own custom written textbook.
While in school you are encouraged to use school product to save your kit for your career. By the time many students complete their courses the kits are empty causing them to make another big investment before being able to start their careers, with Obsession we want to give you the best foundation in every aspect for optimum success.
Q: How can I be sure I will be able to successfully get a job with Obsessions certification?
A: Obsession School is contacted frequently by local salons looking to hire our students specifically due to our specialized and exclusive program. The quality and craftsmanship of this trade truly shines through in our graduates work and of that we are truly proud. We also offer apprenticeship opportunities after certification as well as all the tools you will need to set out on your own.
Q: What happens if I lose my textbook?
A: The Obsession textbook is a custom written and printed textbook that is exclusive to only us. If the textbook is lost or stolen it is the students responsibility to replace it to successfully carry on and complete the course. The fee to have a single textbook reproduced is $100 so please take extra time and care with it, that is your nail bible!
Q: I found a cheaper nail course, why is Obsessions more?
A: You will find many cheaper and express courses but they will not provide a complete product kit or foundation for you to build skills and a solid career from. The education is therefor unregulated and can leave students feeling lost and ultimately unsuccessful and quitting. This is a very competitive industry with express shops on every corner undercutting certified techs by over half the cost of a service. The way this course is designed is from beginning to advanced every aspect and skill you will need to run or work in a salon or start an at home business will be provided at one cost. You will not need to take continuing education on how to use an electric file, do nail art or promote yourself. We also help guide our students to other careers that can branch from being a nail tech. Do your research and choose your teacher well as it will be the determining factor in how successful you will be too!
Q: Will my certification be valid in all of Canada?
A: Each province has individual licensing requirements but your certification will be valid for Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario. Please inquire about others.
Q: Why do you not belong to other councils or organizations I see listed?
A: Many places belong to a beauty or esthetic related council in which you show your certification and pay a fee to receive a certificate of membership which is supposed to indicate you are properly licensed. In almost all cases there is no inspection, follow up or follow through on either party to ensure these members are indeed practicing proper sanitation procedures and salon etiquette. With so many places doing it and there being so little regulation, we feel until legitimate industry standards are established it looses its credibility.
Q: We notice esthetic courses can range from a day to a year long, why is Obsession Esthetics Training a 8 week program? Is it missing things that longer courses include?
A: We have formulated our course to be effective and efficient, optimizing the time spent in class on hands on training and offering out of class learning and practice such as the pre-course study guide and product homework to allow the course to flow quickly in an easy to learn manageable way without leaving out any crucial information or techniques.
The course includes everything from esthetic history to human anatomy, bacteriology, salon etiquette and all the necessary skills from fundamental basics for beginners to proper e-file use and even advanced art and filing techniques for well practiced techs. What would be anywhere from three to nine courses at other schools is all covered in Obsessions exclusive Esthetics Training.
Q: Is esthetics a sustainable career? Can I do this for a full-time living?
A: It was the last oil and gas downturn in 2009 that I decided to step out of the corporate office and into the salon for a completely new life. I didn’t know what to expect or have a clue this would turn into a career that would never make me look back. Due to the unregulated industry, the artistic passion is greatly lacking, making those of us who do posses it impossible to miss. With a solid education as your foundation, the drive to want to produce quality work and the eagerness to succeed, you simply cannot fail. There are so many different directions an esthetics career can take you, salon ownership, product development and representation, nail competitions, the film and glamor industry, the possibilities are endless and the opportunities are abundant and we are here to support you every step of the way. Not many people can really say they love what they do everyday, have a life they never want to escape from and are able to comfortably provide for themselves or family, passionate nail techs are an exception.
Q: What are some examples of the types of nail art I can expect to learn with Obsession?
A: To list a few: Konad stamp art, marbelling techniques(flowers, roses, tye dye), imbedded art, 3D art, stickers, water decals, glitter, sparkle and diamond application, alcohol inking methods, custom hand drawn art, custom colour mixing, how to make custom nail decals, nail piercing, ombre/fade nails, foiling, sugaring, icing, negative space, baby boomer french, acrylic bows and flowers, 3d gel designs and much more!
Advanced smile lines: regular, dramatic, strait, slant, dovetail, V tip
Advanced nail shapes: squoval, stiletto, lipstick, coffin
top coats: gloss vs matte finish
– Tips on combining different nail art types
Q: I only want basic nail technician skills why is the Advanced Nail Course so much more economic to take?
A: We do offer basic or advanced nail technician courses but we truly believe if you are to do something do it properly, the first time! The single courses will give you a great stepping stone into the industry but there is a lot more needed to really understand and master nail technology as a real career. Giving students a thorough, solid foundation to base a career upon is one of the utmost important aspects to any education or training that is always upheld at Obsession. This is why we have priced and encourage students to take the full course over the single ones.
Q: How do I know Obsessions Educators are qualified?
A: Obsession Esthetics course is taught by an experienced and certified Educator with six years industry experience as well as having other guests and industry professionals for a diverse spectrum of skills and opinions. It is also one of the only courses that includes a privately printed textbook written exclusively for Obsessions Students. Check out our educator bio here!
Q:How do I know I will receive the best education I can hope for if I choose Obsession?
A: The benefits of small and exclusive class sizes of only up to four people are too far and precious to even word. One on one teacher coaching isn’t a rare bonus its a class standard and continuing commitment we make to our students. YOUR success is OUR success so it is in our utmost passion and interest to ensure each student leaves confident and equip with every skill needed to launch a successful and fulfilling career.
Obsession School is ran solely by Cera the owner, who takes care and pride in each students development and career growth. Unlike larger corporate schools that employ or contract various teachers that can cycle in and out or are not available for follow up support. Six months, a year or even five years after your education is completed it will always be her smiling face you are able to come back to for support.
See what our past students are doing now, check out the student references page here.