ANT Module 1 – Introduction and Course Navigation

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ANT Module 2 – Times have Changed

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What is an ANT?


To Clients Seeking Safe, Healthful Salon Services – We have a solution for you!20160330_103716

The Advanced Nail Technician (ANT) Certification is a credential your nail technician has earned through extraordinary efforts to know more so s/he can give more care to you…the client who can’t afford to risk an infection in a salon.

This nail technician is a licensed professional who has completed 10 modules of comprehensive training far beyond the minimum requirement of your state’s cosmetology board. S/he has learned a higher standard of practice than taught in any school where the ANT course is not offered. S/he knows more about these topics:

  • Anatomy of the feet and ankles
  • Discussion and definition of “at-risk clients”
  • Pedicures and precautions for at-risk clients
  • Home care education for clients
  • How to create referral relationship with medical providers
  • Diseases and disorders seen by the nail tech
  • Understanding Sanitation, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • CDC requirements for safe protocols
  • OSHA requirements and implementation in the salon
  • How to create a  Safe Salon® and introduce it into the community
  • And more

This nail technician does more in daily practice to safeguard clients than non-certified technicians will ever know. Typical foot care treatments with an ANT include these extra considerations:

  • Client questionnaires are utilized which gather information about your unique health conditions
  • Every service begins with an assessment of your hands and/or feet to determine the appropriate level of care
  • The technician is trained to recognize “not normal” and make a professional recommendation–whether to continue with a modified service or refer you to a podiatrist or other physician
  • Aseptic techniques are used throughout the salon in this Safe Salon
  • Modern “skin care based” hand and foot care treatments (rather than the old soak until you’re a prune) will give the skin of your hands and feet much better and longer lasting results — while being safer with less chance of waterborne infections
  • Disposable, single-use items are used and then thrown away in your sight
  • Quality stainless steel implements are disinfected in high-level disinfection techniques (Tuberculocidal) OR sterilized in an autoclave pouch which is opened in front of you
  • Personal Protection Equipment is used – gloves, masks, eye wear and aprons or smocks which guard against injury and transfer of infection
  • Professional recommendations are made for your home care in order to help you maintain the results of your services
  • If any out-of-normal conditions are observed during your services, s/he will talk to you about seeing the appropriate medical provider. This nail tech stays strictly within Scope of Practice and will not be talked into performing medical treatments during a manicure or pedicure.

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If you are seeking safe, careful care of your hands and feet, you are in good hands with a Certified Advanced Nail Technician. The ANT’s training is far above and beyond what can practically be taught in a standard curriculum. The required dedication and hard work required to achieve the ANT status is an indication of a technician who cares more and of his or her dedication to excellence.

Another Nailcare Academy Success Story

Advanced Nail Technician Letisha Royster seeks to bring safety back into the salon.

As a licensed and highly trained nail technician, Letisha Royster of Atlanta, Georgia, is on a mission to provide safe hand and foot care for all her clients—and especially for those who have health concerns. One of a growing number of nail professionals who has achieved the prestigious Advanced Nail Technician Certification (ANT), Royster is focusing her practice on providing safe, aseptic care for the hands and feet of her clients. “I was introduced to the Advanced Nail Technician certification program while attending the Nail Technology Program at International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy (ISSNMT). I was thrilled to find this program because it perfectly fits my passion for taking care of my clients.”

ISSNMT is the exclusive school-based provider of the ANT Certification in the Atlanta Metroplex. ISSNMT owner Pamela Jones states, “We are excited aboutIMG_7413 sending our students out into the workforce with a higher level of knowledge and training. Also, we are bringing a new approach for safe, healthful nail services to our community.”

This is a much needed service for all American communities: according to the CDC diabetes has doubled, then doubled again since the turn of the millennium. “An estimated 12.6% of adults over 20 have diabetes (2011-2014.)” This number is expected to continue to grow unless major lifestyle changes are embraced by Americans. Why is this important to know when talking about nail salons? Because the potential for injury for a diabetic is catastrophic.

Diabetics often have neuropathy (failure of the nervous system-i.e. loss of sensation) as a symptom of their diabetes. This prevents them from feeling when they’ve been nicked by an implement, or abraded with a file or buffer. These small skin breaks or wounds would be insignificant for most people, but those with chronic illnesses do not heal as readily as those without. Persons with Diabetes, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), Lupus and other chronic conditions simply cannot afford to risk infection.

Royster understands these risks very well and has set up
“waterless” or “soakless” manicure and pedicure services to reduce cross-contamination during hand and foot care. “I had a diabetic client who had a waterless pedicure for the first time. She didn’t know what to expect; however, she was very surprised and told me it was the best experience she’d ever had. She loved that she was relaxed, well pampered, and felt safe during her pedicure treatment.”

The Advanced Nail Technician program was written by Nailcare Academy Co-Founders Janet McCormick and Karen Hodges, who between them have over 50-years of experience in salons. McCormick shares, “My background in dentistry before I moved into the beauty industry in 1980 gave me a very different view of safety and sanitation in salons. I was appalled by the lack of aseptic techniques in all phases of salon services, so I have devoted this career to education and safety training.”

Nailcare Academy offers other certification programs. Royster has also completed her Safe Salon Concepts Certification and is enrolled in the Medical Nail Tech Certification Program. To achieve certification as a Medical Nail Tech, Royster will complete another 10 modules of training, pass a comprehensive examination and perform a 40-hour proctored internship under the direct supervision of a foot care physician or podiatrist. She will be among the most highly qualified nail care providers in Atlanta salons.

Clients who require nail services at this higher level will be able to find Royster at Waterless Medi-Pedi & Nail Spa by emailing her at [email protected] or by calling her at (404) 981-4841.

For more information about ISSNMT, Atlanta, visit or call 404-843-1005.

To find out more about the Advanced Nail Technician (ANT) Certification, contact us:  here

Advanced Nail Technician (ANT) Exam

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Advanced Nail Technician Program (ANT)®

Advanced education for licensed nail professionals. This course provides certification in providing aseptic cosmetic nail services for your clients who have special health concerns. Those with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, heart conditions and other chronic illnesses, cannot risk pedicures with less than excellent infection control.

You will learn to implement obvious aseptic techniques which will immediately identify to your clients that you are far beyond the typical “nail shop.” Upon receiving your certification you will have the knowledge and tools you need to provide safe, careful services for all your clients. Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy review of the feet and ankles
  • Discussion and definition of “at-risk clients”
  • Pedicures and precautions for at-risk clients
  • Home care education for your clients
  • Diseases and disorders seen by the nail tech
  • OSHA requirements and implementation in the salon
  • How to create referral relationships with physicians
  • How to market a Safe Salon and create success
  • How to set yourself apart from ordinary and so much more

There is a $17.95 processing fee through PayPal for your Certification Packet, once you have submitted a Course Survey. The Certificate Packet will contain a numbered, high-quality displayable Certificate ready for framing, special offers from our participating industry partners and a professional achievement patch of the ANT® logo to be worn while working.

NOTE:  The Safe Salon Concepts (SSC) certification program has been sold as a separate course – we are in the process of incorporating it into the ANT program. You will see the 2 SSC Modules in your list of ANT modules – it does not matter if you access SSC from the list below or from the separate SSC course.

The course also includes materials that you can download and customize and you will learn how to market a Safe Salon to create success. In accordance with international intellectual property policies, once purchased, there are no refunds possible. Always be certain of your purchases.