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The Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology is our most popular and most thorough qualification. Our training is flexible and self-guided, with online and educator-led components.
Our most successful Graduates tend to come from the Foundation Certificate with many running their own businesses and others working for well known salons such as Leah Light Nails and Beauty.
The modules are suitable for everyone from complete beginners through to experienced Nail Techs and Beauty Therapists who want to refresh their knowledge or upskill their previous training. Just make sure you meet the pre-requisites before you enrol!
Note that these courses are online by default, however, you can convert any online lesson into an in-person lesson for $45 + GST per hour.
Your fees include the following Nail Tech Basics Modules –
As well as your choice of 4 additional Modules out of –
- Builder in a Bottle
- Dipping Systems
- Mastering Acrylic
- Mastering Hard Gel
- Mastering PolyGel
- Pre-Formed Soft Gel Extensions
- Using the IBX System
- E-File Training for Beginners
- The Art of Nails
- Salon Success: Business, Marketing and Social Media
Combined, these include –
- Up to 27 x 3-Hour Lessons depending on the modules you choose – These are live lessons that can be completed online via our Virtual Classroom video link. The Educator or Mentor will demonstrate the skill you are learning that day and work with you to master it on your model.
- Hours and hours of Video Content to compliment all lessons as well as bonus content
- Online manuals to complement all lessons
- Access to Educators in our Student Facebook Group
- The opportunity to repeat classes for free for 12 months
- Unlimited attempts at your Assessments
How does it work?
Within 2 business days of enrolling, you will receive access to the online components of your course (make sure you have emailed us firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us which modules you want!), which you can access by logging into this website. Start working through the modules in the order they appear. You will occasionally see markers that say ‘It’s time to book a Lesson’ (which refers to a 3-Hour block with an Educator or Mentor via our Virtual Classroom). There will be instructions on how to book.
Lessons can be booked with complete flexibility around your own needs and availability. You might choose to attend only mornings, only afternoons, only Mondays, or a total mix and match – it’s entirely up to you. Lessons are most frequently available from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm but we do also have a small number of sessions available on weekends and evenings (6-9pm).
You can also see a breakdown of all lessons by downloading a Lesson Guide from our Student Resources page.
If you are travelling to us for Lessons or just want to complete them all at once, you are absolutely able to do so, you just need to complete the online content first.
What is a Virtual Classroom?
Essentially, a direct video link to a mentor. 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. If you live near another student – get together at the same house/salon and stream in together!
To get the best out of your Virtual Classroom experience, I would also 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.
How long does the course take?
This is entirely up to you, the full Foundation Certificate has around 50-60 hours worth of videos, 81 hours of live lessons, supporting texts and then you need to practice. If you committed an 8 hour day each week to the course and spent 3 hours of that day watching videos and 5 hours practicing, it would take 22 weeks to complete the content and then an extra day or two to sit Assessments. Let’s call that 6 months. Some people go great guns and finish it in a couple of months, some do it in shorter bursts and take a year, and some set aside a full week every few months and do it that way.
Kits/Product to Learn With
Our training is product neutral. We teach with Artistic Nail Design products such as Colour Gloss but it’s important to us that your education is the priority and brand loyalty is a bonus.
You will need product to complete your course online. We would love that to be the products that we sell, we just understand that some of you will already have product and some of you are working for salons already. We don’t want to force anyone to pay for product they don’t need.
If you want to buy a kit to set yourself up from home, you can do so under ‘Add Ons’ by the Add to Cart button on this page. The kit includes everything you need to practice the skills learned during lessons. The items are full size, but we anticipate you using up some items during training. We don’t anticipate you running out of anything – this should be all you need.
Here is a Foundation Kit List which covers all products you will need to complete the Foundation Certificate
Alternatively you can buy items separately as you go (you’ll find a Recommended Kit List inside the Module), or you can use your own supplies.
Humm’s ‘Big Things’ programme allows you to pay off up to $6,000 over up to 12 months, meaning you can enrol in the full course AND get the optional kit and pay them off interest-free.
Create an account with them before clicking Enrol on your course for an easy checkout.