New Delivery Format & Features!

The just-released 3rd Edition of the ANT Program offers user-friendly viewing options

One of the many changes made in this latest edition of the Advanced Nail Technician Certification Program is the ease of access to the module material. Co-Founder Janet McCormick says, “We have been working on a solutionnew-features-on-ant-modules that would give some flexibility to our students and instructors for months! Some prefer to click “Play” and sit back and take notes, while others wish to have the ability to stop and advance at will. This new delivery software handles both methods–a huge win for all!”

“Part of the equation is being able to deliver the slides in a user-friendly way while protect them from pirating. Our web designer, Claudio Barbieri of Page1Ranking in Fort Myers, FL is a genius!” shares Co-Founder, Karen Hodges.  “We now have the ability to offer students a choice and the ability to move freely among the slides–a huge boon in the class room,” she adds.

Another new and very helpful feature is the ability to instantly search the entire module for any word or phrase. This will help enormously when the students need to review a topic at a future date. Sometimes they’ll remember they saw some information they need in the salon, and now it’s so easy to find the exact reference.

Along with the crisp, clean new graphic design, the hundreds of graphic images and photos that have been incorporated and the revised and updated content, this program is better than ever. It’s a tremendous resource for nail techs.


Nailcare Academy Invited to Join INTA Task Force

International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA) Task Force Continues Work on Game-Changing Certification Program

Nailcare Academy Co-Founders, Janet McCormick and Karen Hodges have been asked to join other industry movers and shakers who are working toward a comprehensive certification program that will offer a level learning foundation for nail technicians.

Currently, nail technicians are one of several salon disciplines subject to widely-varying regulations among the states. “Since starting in the industry in the early ‘80s,” notes McCormick, “it has been a goal of mine to raise the various state standards for knowledge and licensure—especially in the area of infection control. My background in dentistry gave me an understanding of how important aseptic techniques are in providing personal services.” McCormick’s trademarked Safe Salon Certification Programs, stemming back to her published works in the 90’s, mesh perfectly with INTA’s imperative.

The INTA Task Force is meeting at various venues—usually in conjunction with tradeshows throughout the U.S.  Paul Dykstra, CEO of America’s Beauty Show and Chicago Cosmetologists, has long been an advocate for the industry. Now heading up the INTA Task Force, his attention is laser-locked on bringing a long-held goal for INTA to fruition. In today’s mobile society, there should be high level industry standards for nail services across state lines, and ultimately across borders.

In widespread industry representation, members of the Task Force are manufacturers, educators, salon owners, consultants and heads of associations:  Jan Arnold, CND; Lorrene Conino, Salon Lorrene and treasurer of Cosmetologists Chicago; Amber Edwards of Mario Tricoci Salons and Day Spas; Athena Elliott, NailTalk Radio; Dasha Minina, Maxus Nails; Sigourney Nunez, NAILS Magazine; Doug Schoon, Schoon Scientific; Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage and CIDESCO; Bob Spalding, Medinail; Nail Care Consultant Tricia Trackman; Jessica Vartoughia of Jessica Cosmetics and Katharin von Gavel of Footlogix; McCormick and Hodges of Nailcare Academy.

“It’s been long-time dream of mine,” adds Hodges, “for nail technicians to get organized and create a self-policing organization with the clout to bring about change in the states that have little or inadequate safety standards in place.”  As an educator of safety precepts throughout her career as a nail technician and esthetician, she has deplored the lack of basic knowledge and training in sanitation, disinfection and sterilization in salons. “We need to create standards of professionalism,” she continued, “that are inclusive of all scenarios in a salon—whether liquid immersion disinfection is the system used or a dry heat or steam autoclave—they should be understood completely and practiced perfectly.” She feels INTA’s mission of unification is perfect for rejuvenating a professional nail industry that has become tarnished by media sensationalism. “We want more stories about clients finding the help they need with their nail care in clean, safe salons,” Hodges concluded.

For more information about Nailcare Academy’s Safe Salon Certification Program, visit or email questions to

The International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC).  CC, owner and producer of America’s Beauty Show®, is an association of more than 14,000 salon professionals.  INTA and CC members include licensed cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians, salon owners and cosmetology students.   INTA offers members continuing education, free admission to America’s Beauty Show, legislative representation, technology, networking opportunities, and soon, a certification program.

For more information about INTA, visit 

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Tina Porter Named as SSC Instructor

Congratulations to Tina Porter of Riverside, CA, who has become one of Nailcare Academy’s new Certified Safe Salon Instructors.

“We are so thrilled to have an educator of Tina’s caliber join our ranks,” shares Janet McCormick, co-founder of Nailcare Academy. “We have been seeking out excellence and Tina embodies the passion and drive necessary for success in our industry.”

Porter has more than 34 years behind the table and six years as an educator for her local beauty schools. In her years as a nail technology instructor, she embraced a philosophy of “safety and sanitation first.” Her background lead naturally to this emphasis as she is also a Certified Medical Assistant and an Emergency Medical Technician. These roles have prepared her for her next career in the salon: she is also a recent graduate of NA’s Footcare Nail Technology.  This advanced training program provides a broader understanding of the health and condition of the feet and nails for those with chronic illnesses.

Porter is taking her new training on the road — she will be performing on-site routine foot care and cosmetic pedicures for diabetics and others who have chronic health conditions. Her training and background are ideal to support safe, healthful foot care for clients who truly need her services. An example would be someone who is home-bound or in an assisted living facility. Her promise of aseptic practices will assure clients they will be well taken care of.

Not only will she be providing this high-level care for clients in her community, she is an educator and trainer who knows how to pass along her knowledge.  As a Certified Safe Salon Instructor, she will be teaching nail technicians how to work with clients for whom “ordinary” pedicures are not possible.

For example, clients with Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD may not receive massage during foot care appointments. Diabetics may be at risk for a foot soak, due to neuropathy, and the danger of waterborne pathogens with their inability to heal normally. The elderly require specific training for their foot care, as the skin is friable and easily damaged, bruising is a real issue with the common use of blood thinning agents, their joints may be susceptible to injury by someone pulling on them, and so forth.

This niche of foot care clients is growing – approximately 1/4th of the US population has been identified as baby-boomers and many have passed retirement age, with more soon to be doing so. In 2000, the CDC estimated that approximately 12.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes existed in the U.S. In 2014, that number had nearly doubled at 22 million.(1)  More persons needing foot care provided by trained and aware nail technicians is a growing need, and Tina Porter is ready to step up for her community.

For information about receiving safe foot care in your location, contact Tina Porter, FNT, at (951) 282-0740.

For nail technicians wanting “more” for their clients and their careers, email Tina at

To follow Tina on social media, watch for the tag #nailtechtrainer.