How to Become an Educator: By Jessie Burkhardt

February 2nd, 2012

I’ve spoke to a lot of technicians who have shown interest in becoming an educator for a nail company. In a lot of cases, they don’t know where to start. So, I asked NSI Educator and award-winning nail technician, Denise Wright, to give us some recommendations on how to become an educator. Here she gives her insight on what to do before you start contacting nail companies.

Jessie. How do you become an educator for a nail company?
Denise. To become an educator for a nail company you need to have extensive training from the basics to advanced skills and have a of minimum 3 years experience in the field (after you’ve received your license or certification). No matter what you teach (nail enhancements, permanent polish, or nail art), your field experience is essential to teaching others. You can also look into courses that cover teaching techniques. These classroom skills are a real asset, because you can be a fabulous nail technician, but a poor instructor. That being said, you could be an average nail technician, but a fantastic teacher.

Jessie. What is the #1 piece of advice would you give someone who aspires to be an educator?
Denise. Shadow an educator first to see if you even like the work environment. Watching educator’s work allows you to take notes of methods that you feel work, or don’t work.

Jessie. What kind of materials should a nail technician have prepared to showcase their work/skill set?
Denise. Always have copies of your certifications (license) and a photo portfolio of your work. You might be asked to do a demo in an interview so be prepared and bring a kit with the necessary products.

Jessie. Do nail technicians need to be well versed in all different types of nail services (acrylics, gels, etc.), or can they “specialize” in a particular type of service to be educators?
Denise. They can specialize, as many nail techs prefer a particular system over another. For example, you can have a nail tech that creates fabulous nail art, but cannot sculpt a perfect smile line. There are also techs that specialize in gorgeous natural-looking nails and cannot do, or cannot conceive, nail art designs. Teach what you know well – where you can showcase expertise -otherwise you are not benefiting your students (or the company you represent).

Jessie. Any words of wisdom for existing nail educators?
Denise. There are many different teaching techniques, as people learn in different ways. For example, some people are visual learners, while some can read a book and retain the information. As an educator, you have to combine teaching techniques to allow all of your students to learn, despite their different learning styles. Use testing methods to ensure your job is complete.

At NSI, we are always looking for talented nail technicians to join our team as educators. If you would like to become a nail educator, please reach out to us!

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