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! A new intake for our in-person training begins every month. If you're more interested in our online courses, you are given access to these as soon as your payment clears.
There are several Modules that make up the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology. You can do the Modules across three consecutive weeks or spread them out over up to 12 months. You do also need to complete a Portfolio in your own time.
Alternatively you can pick and choose only the modules that interest you, or forget the timetable and do them online at your own pace.
16 Days broken into 4 Modules of 4 Days each.
In-person classes run Monday-Friday from 10am until 5pm.
You can also choose to attend one-on-one training, scheduled at your own convenience, or to complete classes online, with remote access to an Educator.
Yes and no – Rather than hours, you are required to attend all lessons before the end of your 12 month study period.
If you are unable to attend a lesson for any reason, you will need to complete this one-on-one at a cost of $80 per hour.
Module lengths vary as indicated by colour below -
Our in-person 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. We accept Oxipay installment plans to make this easier.
We're at 163A Marua Road, in Ellerslie. The first minute of this video will show you how to find us -
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, an Artistic Nail Design Educator and Ambassador and holder of 19 awards, including Runner Up Nail Technician of the Year 2015/2016.
Joining Penny is a team of highly skilled technicians 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.
A comprehensive online workbook is included with the 'The Theory of Nails' module.
Dress code is 'smart casual' - we 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 16 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 split our course into sections or blocks based on topic and call each topic a 'Module'. You can choose to complete them consecutively or spread them out over up to a year.
In the online Theory of Nails course, we cover -
In the practical modules, we cover -
Manicures and Pedicures -
Acrylic 1 & 2
All of the Modules are available online -
Generally, no, our studio is small and has enough space for 8 students and 4 models. There is no reception or other suitable area for non-essential attendees to sit.
Additionally, as it is a classroom environment that students have paid for we cannot allow non-students to sit within the class and get the same information as paid attendees. There is a local cafe that offers free WIFI with any purchase at the end of our driveway.
If you have learning difficulties that require assistance from a caregiver or interpreter, please call us to discuss prior to enrolling as we will always find a way to work around this if it is absolutely necessary.
Additionally, your models will not be able to bring their children into the room with them.
Personally I think both versions have their perks.As an example, last week when I was teaching, I was able to show a student how to move her file 2cm and suddenly get a better result, which we can't replicate in online training.
In saying that, there are easily twice as many demos in the online version, and more detailed too, because we have the luxury of 20 minutes to talk about c-curves etc, whereas in class we would be taking away from your practice time, which is what you're there for. As an example, the online acrylic module has 13.5 hours of video content, which would take 2 days and 2.5 hours on a third day to watch in class and that's only if you didn't ask any questions.
I would love for people to do both and for that reason once someone has done the in-person version we always offer the online version half-price.
In saying that, losing the hands on aspect of training was my only sticking point when offering online, so we've introduced Virtual Classrooms, where an Educator can watch you do the things you struggle with and give that real time advice. We're also happy to live stream our answers to your written questions into our student Facebook Group.
Starting with one Wednesday a month (we plan on adding a weekend morning and/or some evenings soon), our Educators will be available in a video-based classroom for the entire day. You tune in with a link we provide using the camera on your phone. We can see what you're doing. You can what we're doing. We can see your mistakes and show you in real time how to fix them.
These virtual classrooms are free for all Online Foundation Certificate Students or available for $99 for a half day to all others. Your half day starts when you sign in and ends 3 hours later. Online students can come and go all day as they please.
To get the best out of your experience, I would suggest getting an Octopus Tripod from Trade Me (they're under $5), attaching your phone to it, and attaching the Octopus to your overhead desk light so that your phone camera is facing down over your work space. Make sure your phone can be plugged in to its charger from your desk and that you have a good wifi signal.
If you live near another student - get together at the same house/salon and stream in together!
It was a big deal for us to start offering online training to beginners because we firmly believe that you can't learn nails without an educator looking over you to see your mistakes and correct you in real time. In saying that, we've become acutely aware over the last couple of years, how many people are enrolling in really dodgy online training, super quick in person training OR just going for it with no training, purely because they can not get to training they can afford.
We believe this is the middle ground.
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 supply all product used during class, but not a take-home kit.
Most schools that supply kits expect you to use your own product during class, so although it sounds good that you get a kit, you don't often have much of it left by the end, and you don't necessarily need all of it either (for example we teach forms and tips but you will choose a favourite and focus on that once you finish, so don't need both outside of class). We figure that if we supply all the product in class, it doesn't matter if you use it all up practicing, and then you get to pick and choose what you actually need afterwards.
Using our product during class means when you do buy product you make money off all of it instead of using it up on free models. You will get to know what you like and don't like, decide what you need and don't need, and learn how to choose suppliers and product and how to order for yourself - something no one else teaches!
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. We do have Kits available for purchase as an optional extra.
We supply all product used in class.
If you choose to seek work in an existing salon after you finish training, you probably won't need to buy anything. If you choose to set up your own salon from home or commercially, we have Recommended Kit Lists for each module (available in the Files Tab of the Novice/Grads Facebook Group after you enrol) and offer product specials every day during class.
To complete your Portfolio, which is done outside of class time, you will need access to product. If you set up your own salon, this will be easy. If you plan on working for someone else and therefore don't have any product of your own, don't worry. We are here 10am-6pm Monday to Friday plus three evenings each fortnight until 8pm. During these hours you are able to use our training studio for Portfolio work at a cost of $10 per day to cover product. Space is limited so you do need to book in advance.
We are the sole distributors of Be Creative Nail Art products in New Zealand and import them from the UK, so this brand is the cheapest possible with us.
There are 3 distributors of Artistic Nail Design products in New Zealand, including us, but we have a Price Match Guarantee - If you find any of our products available from authorised NZ distributors at a cheaper price, we'll permanently match the price.
There are lots of other brands you can choose to use too and we will always give unbiased education so that if you choose not to use the same brands as us, you still have the knowledge to use others. We don't recommend using products or brands that are sold on EBay or other international sites, or that are available to the general public without proof of qualification.
In terms of disposables and items we don't stock, recommendations are made on each Recommended Kit List. One of these is available for each Module, after you enrol - you'll find them in the Files Tab of the Novice/Grads Facebook Group.
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 for each Module, 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.
From our Terms and Conditions -
Remember you only need one model between 2 students. Pair up with a peer and make plans to share the model-finding responsibilities.
No, we specifically don't allow Practice Hands in the training studio because doing so would discourage you from putting effort into finding models and the learning experience on a Practice Hand versus a human is vastly different. If you can't find a model, you will work on your buddy.
There is no homework for each individual lesson, however there is work you will need to complete at home within your 12 month Study Period. If you are completing the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology you will be required to submit photos of 12 prescribed clients within a year of your start date of the first Module.
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 12 clients is required to be submitted within a year of the date of your first module. The required photos are outlined in The Theory of Nails online and in the Files Tab of our student Facebook Group which you will receive on your first day of class.
Click below to submit your portfolio -
Your Portfolio is a collection of images of your work, showing us that you have practiced outside of class.
Click below to submit your portfolio -
During class, you work with a buddy, completing one hand each for your shared model. This means you don't complete a full set until after you leave class. The Portfolio ensures that our Foundation Certificate in Nail technology students have practiced every technique you were taught in class, at least once, on both hands of a client. This keeps the integrity of our qualification high and ensures Monaco Graduates are Nail techs with experience, not just skill.
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 -
From our Terms and Conditions -
When you meet the criteria of the Foundation Certificate of Nail Technology, you will receive a certificate from Monaco Nail Academy. If you complete any Advanced classes before you complete the requirements of your certificate, these certificates will be withheld until you complete your qualification.
Our certificates are recognised nationwide. We also have graduates working across Australia.
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.
You can pick and choose the Modules you are most interested in as long as you meet the prerequisites for each Module (click the link to view these) -
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 difficulties 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.
Assessments can take anywhere from 1-5 hours and during this time you can't get assistance from an Educator. For this reason we prefer to make the most of your class time and get you working on tasks the Educators can help with. You can return any weekday to sit your Assessment (but must book in advance) and we are here 3 evenings a fortnight too.
If you're travelling from out of town for training though, let us know before you enrol and we will try and arrange for you to sit your Assessment immediately after class.
You can also sit them remotely via our Virtual Classrooms (your marks will be private).
You actually receive your certificate on the first day. It acts as a record of learning, showing which modules and assessments you have completed.
To fill your certificate you need to achieve -
The requirements to receive a certificate for any Module are listed on the enrolment page for that Module.
With Gel Polish as an example, you have two options -
Three out of Four of the Assessments we require you to pass are practical, and very relaxed. You chat to your client and your friends while completing a full service. It feels like you're just working in a salon.
The Theory Assessment is done online so that you can take your time, at home in your most comfortable environment. You can also reattempt it every 12 hours for 12 months, so you have 730 chances to pass.
If that still sounds dauntng, you can submit your Theory Assessment orally, with an Educator asking questions out loud in a conversational manner, as if they were a client trying to get advice. You reply in conversation and your Educator will note your score as you go.
No. We've looked into offering NZQA Courses and while we don't rule it out as a future option, the fees associated with being an NZQA provider would require us to quadruple the number of students in each class to cover them. While NZQA is not a requirement in New Zealand for Nail Techs, we choose to keep our class sizes smaller instead, and our qualification is still recognised nationwide. None of our Graduates have had issues getting Health Licenses or Wholesale Accounts.
No, not at all.
Modules differ in price depending on topic and length -
Feel free to spread your classes out over up to a year - you don't need to do them all at once. However, if you complete all modules across 3 consecutive weeks (as shown below), you will be invoiced a concession price of $2,499, saving $641 (payment plans are not available). You will still have a year to pass your assessments and complete your portfolio.
We accept direct payment via Bank Transfer, Visa, or Mastercard as well as by Oxipay, which allows you to split an invoice of up to $1000 into 4 fortnightly payments.
We can also accept Q Card, which you can apply for here as well as Farmers Finance Card.
Please note that all payments other than Bank Transfer incur a 3% surcharge.
As we are a private training establishment, we do not accept Student Loans for our courses however we do offer Oxipay (similar to Afterpay) where by you can pay off any course of $1000 or less in 4 equal fortnightly installments without interest.
We also 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, you use it just like a Credit Card.
Note that these options do incur an additional fee of 3% of your invoice to cover the fees we are charged by these service providers.
Of course! Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a time for you to meet with one of our educators. We're available Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm.
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.
From our Terms and Conditions -
No. You will receive an invoice after enrolment, which has our bank account details on the bottom of it. If you need to pay cash, we will need you to deposit it into the bank account provided. No cash is kept at our premises.
We do, occasionally - but most of our in-person classes are run in Auckland. We do try and make these classes easy for out of town students to attend though - you have a year to work your way through all of the Modules, so you can space trips to Auckland out a bit.
We also offer all of our modules online with remote access to our Educators and Mentors - click here and under 'Regions' choose 'Online'
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
We can definitely help, but this is not something we do regularly. Out of everyone who has ever completed our qualification over the last 7 years, we know of 2 Graduates who have actively looked to work for someone else after qualifying - everyone else chose to work for themselves, either from home, in a commercial space or renting a table in a salon.
We can however help you with whichever path you choose. We have had 3 Graduates get employment with Leah Light Nails and Beauty Studios and we also get salons regularly asking us to help them find staff - we post these job opportunities in our Novice/Grads facebook group, which you will get access to after you enrol.