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New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
40 weeks
Start date: Expected July-2020
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Our nail technology course teaches you how to become a nail technician so you can work in the nail technology industry. The nail technology course includes manicures, pedicures, acrylic false nails, gel false nails, overlays, nail wraps, nail tips, and even more. NZQA has approved the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology programme so you can rest assured your qualification is recognized.


Professional Standards

  • Client care and communication
  • Hygiene and sterilisation
  • Professionalism
  • Items and events relating to accidents
  • Care of electrical equipment


  • Consultation before the treatment
  • Making a treatment plan
  • After the treatment

Manicure and Pedicure

  • Contraindications to manicure
  • Manicure products and tools
  • Manicures and pedicures

Nail Technology

  • Contraindications to nail technology
  • Products and tools for nail technology
  • Nail augmentation services

Nail Art

  • Contraindications to nail art
  • Nail art products and tools
  • Nail art services

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Human anatomy and physiology for nail services
  • Skin anatomy and physiology
  • Nail anatomy and physiology
  • Hair anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases and disorders of the nail, skin and hair

Reception and Client Sales

  • Reception services and skills
  • Selling to clients and transaction services

Business Awareness

  • Helping run a small beauty business
  • Design a layout for a clinic and create a business plan

You can gain these qualifications when you successfully complete your New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology course:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology

Entry criteria

Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of enrolment. Have successfully achieved: the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) (Level 1) or an equivalent qualification, or an NZQA-approved qualification or an equivalent qualification at a higher level, or If 20 years old or older and without any qualifications, show evidence of the ability to successfully achieve and succeed in the programme, and Communicate effectively in all areas of English to a suitable and appropriate level.

English Language Requirements

International students who have gained the following scores from one of the following English languages tests, taken overseas or within new Zealand within the last 2 years: : IELTS score of 6.0 or higher on the Academic Module Test; and a band score at or higher than 5.5; TOEFL - Score of 550 or higher on the Paper-Based Test (pBT); and an essay score at or higher than 5 TWE; Score of 80 or higher on the Internet-Based Test (iBT); and a listening score at or higher than 20; and a reading score at or higher than 20; and a speaking score at or higher than 20; and a writing score at or higher than 20; Score of 42 or higher on the First Certificate in English (FCE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).


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