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New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


Gain the skills to work in the glamorous world of beauty and manicures with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology.

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology will teach you how to perform manicures, pedicures, acrylic and gel nail application, nail sculpture and 3D nail art to a professional standard.

Practical experience

Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process at one of UCOL's nail salons in Palmerston North or Masterton, providing you with real industry experience, and honing your professionalism, relationship building skills and teamwork.

Education pathway

This qualification may lead to higher level qualifications in beauty, including:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Graduates of this qualification may be employed or contracted in positions such as:

  • Nail technician
  • Nail artist
  • Brand or product company representative

Course Information:

  • Professional Workplace Standards (15 Credits)
  • Nail Technology Science (20 Credits)
  • Business Practice (15 Credits)
  • Natural Nail Services (15 Credits) (20 Practicum Hours)
  • Nail Augmentation Acrylic Enhancements (20 Credits) (20 Practicum Hours)
  • Nail Augmentation Gel Enhancements (20 Credits) (20 Practicum Hours)
  • Nail Art Services (15 Credits) (15 Practicum Hours)

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement OR
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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