Here are a few of our most popular questions. For more information, or if you need support, feel free to give us a call or email.
Soon! We have classes starting every 4 weeks.
To gain the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology you need to complete Modules 1-4, reach an 80% grade on your Assessments, and submit photographic evidence of 14 prescribed clients.
Each Module is 4 full days. The fastest you can complete all 4 Modules is 8 weeks, but you have up to a year to get through them all if you need to spread them out further.
Alternatively, Basic Gel Technology is 6 days of training over a 2 week period followed by three Assessments and a Portfolio of 20 clients. You have up to 6 months to complete the Assessments and Portfolio.
There is a great video on this page that explains the structure really well.
16 Days broken into 4 Modules of 4 Days each.
Days of the week for Foundation Certificate Classes differ between regions but are usually Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday. Classes run from 9am-5pm.
Days of the week for Basic Gel Technology are usually Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, again from 9am-5pm.
You can also choose to attend one-on-one training, scheduled at your own convenience.
Yes and no – Rather than hours, you are required to attend all lessons and to submit a portfolio of work before the end of your 6 or 12 month study period. If you are unable to attend a lesson for any reason, you can choose to book a new date one-on-one, or request to attend with another intake.
In the Foundation Certificate, each Module is 4 full days of training, 9am-5pm. There are four Modules.
With the Basic Gel Technology course there are 6 days of training. These are spread across 2 weeks of 3 days each week.
No. We used to offer evening classes but our weekend classes proved far more popular so we decided to focus on offering more of these instead.
Our classes have extremely limited numbers. When a class fills up, it is removed from the website. We often hear from people disappointed when a class fills up before they can enrol, so do make sure you enrol ASAP. You are required to make payment within 48 hours to secure your place, or can arrange a payment plan in advance by emailing email@example.com.
We try and keep our classes as small as possible, but what is important to us in our student-tutor ratio. We will always have at least 1 educator for every 8 students.
The thing we are most proud of here at Monaco is the level of support we offer not just our Novice Trainees but all Nail Techs throughout New Zealand.
The Monaco education team is lead by Managing Director Penny Lawler, currently the most highly qualified Artistic Nail Design Educator in New Zealand.
Joining Penny is a team of highly skilled technicians around the country with a wealth of knowledge ready and waiting for you. You can view their Bios on our Meet the Team page and you can see a full gallery of their work over on our Facebook page in this album here.
Yes, a comprehensive online workbook is included with your Module One course fees, or a 450-page hard copy is available for separate purchase for $99 here.
There is no dress code, however we do ask you to dress professionally and comfortably as you will be sitting for a period of time. Also consider that it is difficult to regulate room temperature for all preferences so you may want to bring warmer or cooler clothing accordingly. Note also that in your assessments you are graded on personal presentation.
If you cannot attend a lesson, please give as much notice as possible. Missed lessons will need to be rebooked one-on-one at a cost of $80.00 (inc GST) per hour although we will endeavour where possible to fit you in with another intake at no charge.
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This is a question we get a lot! Monaco Nail Academy is definitely not 'just' a place for young people and that's one of the things we love about it. The youngest person to Graduate so far was 17 and the oldest 58. At a guess we would say the average age is anywhere between 28-38.
Since we don't accept Student Loans, the people who complete our course have to really want to be there - they've either saved up, got a loan or got financial help. This means the people who end up enrolling are passionate, determined and hard working - a wonderful group of like-minded individuals who support each other endlessly.
We can't stress enough that this should be a last resort. As per our T&Cs, you have to complete classes in order and this can mean in some cases having to pay One-on-One to make up missed sessions. If you do have to call in sick though, please use the Novice/Grads Facebook Group. We have different educators on different days and no phone line in the classroom so if you post in here anyone who needs to see it, will. No one wants a PM on their day off
We choose to use Artistic Nail Design's Gel Polish, Acrylic and Hard Gel Systems during all Novice classes, combining these base systems with many other brands depending on which product we feel is best for the job. Our sister-company, MonacoPro, does sell these brands online as well.
The application procedures for each brand differ slightly so while we attempt to teach you in the most non-brand specific manner possible, we won't be able to troubleshoot any issues you have with other brands.
We are acutely aware of the number of people looking for 'product neutral' courses. We do our very best to teach you in the most brand-neutral manner possible, however we have chosen to teach with Artistic Nail Design products as our core system. Through years of experience we have come to regard these as the highest quality, most reliable, and best value products on the market. We have the choice to align ourselves with any brand and choose Artistic.
As you gain experience post-graduation you will learn that the application methods of different brands vary greatly, so while there are some courses that claim to be 'brand neutral', you will still be learning with a specific brand and focussing primarily on the methods required for that brand. We will do our best to give you a wide, well-rounded education that can be applied to any brand you wish to use in future. Most brands offer a 1-day 'cross over' course to make sure you understand any differing prep and application steps if you decide to change (although we think you will like Artistic!)
Our view is that by starting your career with Artistic Rock Hard products, you're lucky enough to be joining a revolution that we as experienced Nail Techs were very excited about. This is the first time in history that a combined Acrylic and Gel System has been created, both stemming from the same molecule and therefore chemically interchangeable. For us, we came about this post-graduation but for you, you start your career with more knowledge and better products than any of us had access to. Throughout the course you will learn exactly why this is the most exciting development in the industry in YEARS - and why we think it is worth sharing.
We do not supply product kits, but for a very good reason!
During training you use our product, get to know what you like and don't like, decide what you need and don't need, and then we teach you how to choose suppliers and product and how to order for yourself - something no one else teaches!
We just decided we didn't want to be choosing how you spend your money by selling you stuff you don't need.
You will use our products during class, which means when you do buy product you make money off all of it instead of using it up on free models, and we've also sourced student discounts for you that actually make the product cheaper in the long run.
It's worth noting that all of this is reflected in our pricing - after you remove kits from the equation and look only at price versus the number of hours of training you get, we are one of the cheapest courses available in New Zealand.
You are required to bring models to many lessons for the most realistic learning experience although we also work on each other occasionally. You can see exactly when models are required on the Course Planning Sheet found in the Novice/Grads Facebook Group.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the model has reasonable expectations about the service she will receive. Lessons are planned to give you plenty of time to practice but some application methods will be more difficult than others and in some cases you may not complete the full set.
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Remember you only need one model between 2 students. Pair up with a peer and make plans to share the model-finding responsibilities.
There is no homework for each individual lesson, however there is work you will need to complete at home within your 6 or 12 month Study Period. If you are completing the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology (Modules 1-4) you will be required to submit photos of 14 prescribed clients within a year of your start date of Module One. If you are attending Basic Gel Technology you will be required to submit photos of 20 prescribed clients within 6 months of your start date.
The requirements for these submissions are outlined in the link below.
You can submit your Portfolio here -
Easy! Click the link below and then click Start. This details everything you need to submit. When you have put your portfolio together, upload it to the site and send it through!
Sure! Use the Novice/Grads Facebook Group to coordinate this.
Yes. For the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology, a photographic portfolio of 14 clients is required to be submitted within a year of the date of your first module. The required photos are outlined in your workbook which you will receive on your first day of class.
For Basic Gel Technology there are 20 submissions and a 6-month limit.
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We like to think we have redefined the word ‘exam’ here at Monaco. Yes, you have a standard that you need to reach, and we measure that standard via 4 moderated assessments. However, these assessments are not pass-or-fail exams. We don’t expect you to break records on your first go.
Each time you do an assessment, we go through it with you, one on one, give you feedback, and send you away to practice again. You can do each one as many times as you want, free of charge, getting better and better each time. When you do eventually achieve an 80% feedback rating, you become eligible to receive your Certificates. That doesn’t mean you need to stop doing them though – you are still welcome to re-do assessments as many times as you like, to build confidence and get that invaluable feedback.
We take full responsibility for getting you where you need to be. That's why we have so much support and so many extra lessons available to you.
The assessments are -
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When you meet the criteria of the Foundation Certificate of Nail Technology, you will receive this certificate as well as three from Artistic Nail Design. If you complete any Advanced classes before you complete the requirements of your certificate, these certificates will be withheld until you complete your qualification.
The Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology is recognised nationwide. In addition, the certificates for Polish, Acrylic, and Gel are endorsed by Artistic Nail Design US and recognised throughout New Zealand as well as overseas.
When you meet the criteria for Basic Gel Technology you will receive this certificate only. It is recognised nationwide.
Many of our graduates choose to work from home as an extra income. You can do this, or you can open a salon, apply for salon-based jobs, work on a mobile basis, or freelance on photoshoots and film sets - you could even work on a cruise ship! You will be fully qualified and ready to work - in fact we encourage you to start working on understanding friends and family as you learn each new skill rather than waiting for graduation.
Yes! Our Basic Gel Technology Course is only 6 days long and covers only gel-based services. You can find out more here.
We surveyed a group of New Zealand salon owners to find out what is important to them when employing new staff.
It’s interesting to note that in the comments section of our survey, a huge number of salon owners said their highest priority was attitude, something we didn’t think to include. The overall belief was that skills and techniques could be learned but a bad attitude would go nowhere. Loyalty, work ethics and listening skills were also mentioned.
Definitely not. In a recent survey of New Zealand salon owners, 0% of those surveyed said NZQA credits were a priority when employing new staff. When asked specifically to talk about NZQA, salon owners were nonchalant. In fact, I can quote one as replying to the question ‘How do you feel about NZQA’ with ‘Ho hum, really’! It would appear (and we agree) that NZQA isn’t everything. While it’s nice to have NZQA credits on your Record of Learning, not all industries prioritise those credits over all others. In the New Zealand Nail Industry, the quality of your work, variety of skills gained, and your overall attitude rank higher on their wishlists than NZQA credits (which to be honest, don’t actually appear on their wish lists at all.
Absolutely! We have a lot of students with anxiety and/or learning difficulites and still more who are just plain busy. Being able to do the assessment from home made perfect sense. It's 100% online and you will find out immediately if you have passed. Click here to take a look.
Not quite - requirements differ between city councils. So in Auckland for example you do need to be qualified, but it doesn't need to be NZQA.
No, not at all.
Daytime Classes -
Or book and pay for all 4 classes at the same time and pay $3,499. One on One Training is available at an additional cost.
We accept direct payment via Cash, Eftpos and Bank Transfer. We can also accept Q Card, which you can apply for here as well as Farmers Finance Card. Please note that Farmer Finance Card and Q Card payments incur a 3% surcharge.
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As we are a private training establishment, we do not accept Student Loans for our courses however we do partner with Q Card and Farmers Finance Card to offer finance options. You can apply for a Q Card here - once your Q Card arrives, come in and use it just like an Eftpos card.
Of course! Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a time for you to meet with one of our educators.
Click the 'Enrol' link next to the course you're interested in, phone (09) 574 5573 or email email@example.com
If an intake only has one enrolment (which is uncommon - at the time of writing this our Modules are fully booked two months ahead but Winter is always quieter) then you have the option of paying an additional fee to complete your training one on one, or to defer to another intake. If there are at least two enrolments, class will go ahead.
ASAP - It's first come first served so when classes are full they are full. Where there is space, you can enrol right up until the minute class starts.
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We do, occasionally - but most of our Novice Classes are run in Auckland. We do try and make these classes easy for out of town students to attend though - they are run Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday. Additionally, you have a year to work your way through all 4 Modules, so you can space trips to Auckland out a bit.
There is a great video on this page that explains the format really well.
We have different Educators that specialise in different Modules so it is very unlikely that you will have the same Educator for your entire course.
There is definitely enough work out there. Most people work for themselves by choice but if you're wanting to work in a salon that's great - salon owners are starved for staff because so many people want to work from home - good salon workers are hard to find. If you do choose to work from home, again there are plenty of clients to go around, but of course you do have to put in the work to promote yourself.
Absolutely. When you finish your course, you will have all the knowledge you need, but may still have some practice to do in some practical areas. We work extremely hard to make sure by the time you graduate you do so with an exceptional skill level.
The Student Directory at http://monaco.ac.nz/salons is just for our Students and Graduates - this is where we refer the MANY media enquiries we get. To be included, go to the Files Tab of the Novice/Grads Facebook Group and find the file called Graduate Salons. Complete it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're not a Monaco Novice, there is a separate directory you can join at http://monacopro.co.nz/salons