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Certificate in Nail Technology
The only NZQA-Approved solely nail technology-based certificate in the South Island
Our comprehensive nail technology course offers you complete nail technology training, including manicure and pedicure, through the Certificate in Nail Technology. Learn acrylics, gels, overlays, wraps, tips and more through this NZQA-Approved course, the South Island's only NZQA-Approved certificate-level course dedicated solely to nail technology.
Not sure what nail technology's about? See our Introduction to Nail Technology.
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Quick Facts about the Certificate in Nail Technology Course
2017 Programme Fees
|Domestic students||$3,371 NZD**|
|International students||$7,069 NZD**|
- Student loans and allowances available for eligible students.
- Extra expenses apply.
- ** 2017 prices indicative only. We will not know definitive 2017 prices until funding is approved and other policies are released.
|Duration||15 weeks plus international exams (no school holidays)|
|Students per class||8|
|Inside class||20 hours per week|
|Outside class||10+ hours per week|
|Usual intakes||Late January / early February and mid-July|
Approved for loans & allowances
About the Certificate in Nail Technology Course
Here is some more in-depth information about this course:
- The Certificate in Nail Technology deals with manicures, pedicures and nail technology.
- This course is suggested for those who have no prior beauty therapy training.
- Qualified beauty therapists can also take this course with RPL towards 9 credits in this course.
- Graduates successfully completing this course become a fully-qualified nail technician as recognised in New Zealand and most countries throughout the world.
- Nail technology, according to KiwiCareers, is one of the most rapidly growing industries in New Zealand at the moment.
- Our tutors have many years experience in the nail technology industry and hold NZQA-Approved and / or international qualifications in nail technology.
- In order to work on a cruise ship, you are required to hold a recognised Certificate in Nail Technology (NZQA-Approved).
- We offer the only NZQA-Approved Certificate in Nail Technology course dedicated solely to nail technology in the South Island.
- It is important to note that any entry-level nail technology course you are looking at undertaking complies with the following:
- It is at least 400 hours in total; and
- You undertake supervised practical training (required for employment); and
- It includes all the subjects as we have listed below; and
- It is NZQA-Approved and approved by ITEC and/or CIBTAC; and
- It is recognised by the industry.
This course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and the National School of Aesthetics is accredited to teach it.
How the Certificate in Nail Technology Course Fits into the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics Course
The Certificate in Nail Technology gives the student who successfully completes and graduates the course a total of 9 credits towards the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics (120 credits).
This course does not qualify a student as a partially- or fully-qualified Beauty Therapist upon completion. The student would need to complete all three courses (Certificate in Aesthetics, Certificate in Physiatrics and Certificate in Electrology) to be considered a fully-qualified Beauty Therapist in New Zealand and most countries around the world.
Outcome Statement for the Certificate in Nail Technology Course
Outcome statement: Nail Technology graduates should hold the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to safely perform nail technology treatments independently and competently in an international commercial environment.
What You'll Learn in the Certificate in Nail Technology Course
Students attending the Certificate in Nail Technology course will engage in the following components (click on each name for more information):
Certificate in Nail Technology
Level 4 Components
Aim: Students will be able to determine contraindications, recognise nail diseases and disorders, and demonstrate proper use of manicure tools. Manicure and pedicure treatments include nail filing, specialised nail treatments, massage of the hand and lower arm or foot and lower leg, and nail enamel application, with the student completing the treatment to an industry-standard in an industry-acceptable time-frame.
Aim: Students will be able to check for contraindications, recognise nail diseases and disorders, and demonstrate sanitisation techniques in a nail technology context. Practical applications of a gel nail system, an acrylic nail system, a silk nail system, a nail wrap system, nail repairs, nail tips, a UV gel overlay, and building a free-form nail within industry-acceptable time-frames and to an industry-acceptable standard must be demonstrated. Students must also demonstrate correct filing, buffing, finishing, in-filling and enameling techniques.
Prerequisites: The student must have completed the Manicure and Pedicure course or demonstrated equivalent knowledge prior to undertaking this course.
Aim: Students will be able to explain nail diseases and disorders and recognise and explain possible causes of damage from previous nail applications. Demonstration of knowledge in contents and chemistry of products used in nail technology is required. Students should explain the appropriate nail system to use, hygiene procedures, frequency and reasoning why nails should be in-filled, and the correct removal of false nails.
Prerequisites: The student must have completed the Chemistry for Manicurists and Anatomy and Physiology for Manicurists Courses, or demonstrated equivalent knowledge, prior to undertaking this course.
Aim: Students will be able to explain and demonstrate knowledge in the professional and ethical conduct related to the beauty therapy and related industries. Demonstration of knowledge of various business aspects as they relate to beauty therapy is also required.
Level 5 Components
Aim: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the bones, arteries, veins, and lymphatic structures of the lower arm, hand, lower leg and foot. In addition, demonstration of knowledge regarding the structure and function of the nail, incorporating other factors such as diseases and disorders, is required. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the skin as it pertains to manicure.
Aim: Students will be able to explain the qualities, functions, main ingredient, and hazards of manicure products.
All subjects are required. None are optional.
Further information on the above sections can be found by clicking on their names. The information should appear below the name.
Recognised Qualifications Available from the Certificate in Nail Technology Course
Upon successful completion of the course requirements and final examination, the candidate may be eligible for the following qualifications. No extra expenses, applications or requirements apply to sit the National School of Aesthetics qualifying examinations in the first instance.
A qualification is the certificate or diploma you receive for successfully completing a course of study.
The National School of Aesthetics
- Certificate in Nail Technology
You are also welcome to apply to sit international qualifying examinations. Extra expenses and requirements apply. Awards you may gain as a result are:
You must attend our course to sit ITEC examinations through us.
Your Further Study Options
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you may be eligible to study further with us. Options include:
Dates, Times, Costs and More Details
Please find below the dates, times, costs and other details about this course.
January 2017 Intake
January 2017 intake is now closed.
July 2017 Intake
|Start date||24 July 2017|
|Finish date||3 November 2017|
|Days of attendance||Monday through Friday|
|Times of attendance||9 AM to 1 PM|
|Number of classes||1|
There are no term breaks / school holidays during the full time programme.
Domestic students enrolling in this course may be eligible for student loans and student allowances.
See Special Notes for some terms and conditions.
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- All prices include 15% GST and are in New Zealand dollars.
- See Application and Enrolment Dates for further information. To avoid disappointment, the school highly suggests applying for your course as soon as the enrolment opens.
- For this course, we require at least 8 students to be enrolled a week-and-a-half prior to the course starting date in order for it to proceed.
- Domestic students: You must pay a $100 deposit when you enrol. You cannot pay the deposit, or get it reimbursed through, a student loan. This $100 goes towards your total fees.
- International Students: Please see the International Students section.
- International students must pay their entire course fee on enrolment.
- The National School of Aesthetics reserves the right to alter or change details, prices, dates, et cetera, on the courses at the school.
- This information was correct and accurate (and in some cases, forecasted) at the time of Web publication (02/17).
- Extra expenses apply.
- Payment plans are not available.
- See The Physiotherapy Act Disclaimer for further information on the Physiotherapy Act and the National School of Aesthetics.
The National School of Aesthetics is a training establishment established in terms of the Education Act 1989. It is not authorised by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand to give instruction in, or to train persons in physiotherapy or massage under the Physiotherapy Act 1949. Any reference to the expression "therapeutic" and/or "sports massage" and/or "massage" in the curriculum or any other documentation relating to courses or components therein, of any course NaSA offers are not intended to suggest NaSA is authorised to teach any aspect of physiotherapy or that students undertake physiotherapy training in therapeutic massage.
In addition, the teaching staff involved in the course(s) are not qualified to teach physiotherapy and are not authorised by the Physiotherapy Board to give instruction in, or train persons in physiotherapy or massage, under the Physiotherapy Act 1949.