Our team of professional Instructors and Administrators welcome you to an amazing educational opportunity. We want to thank you for inquiring about your future career with our training center. You have taken the first step towards creating a lasting career and every Academy staff team member will be available to support your decision.
When you visit our training center, the Admissions Officer will be on hand to answer all your questions and take you on a tour. During your initial visit you will be given a catalog and an admissions packet that must be completed prior to enrolling.
The admissions procedure is the same for any and all Academy programs:
• Proof of Education: (if under the age of 18 years old)
• High School Diploma or GED (or at least 10 high school credits)
• Picture ID and Proof of 16 years of age or older:
• Driver license
• Government issued picture ID (passport, military or similar)
• A completed Academy of Nail Technology Admissions packet and
• Attend an enrollment interview and tour
• Receive the school’s catalog before signing agreement
• $250.00 enrollment & application fee (non-refundable)
NOTE: Aestheticians and Cosmetologists interested in applying for the Nail Technician Training course MUST ALSO provide a current copy of their Arizona State Board license.
Module I: 4 weeks of Pre-Clinic & 2 weeks Clinic Floor
We fast start into the basics of manicuring and pedicure. This is followed by the science and process of Acrylic. In a dynamic way, theory and hands-on work supports proper procedures, timing, nail structure, safety and sanitation, and establishing the basics of disinfection. Hands-on is maintained throughout the four weeks as students practice technique and upgrading services to spa treatments. Extending training in this level is the introduction to nail enhancements including acrylic, dip, and gels. The expectations of the state exam are established and a plan of readiness is set in place. Passing weekly multiple choices tests with 80% or better and a manicure, pedicure, acrylic evaluation is required to advance to the clinic floor.
Students are required to bring in a model for practical evaluations.
Module II: Weekly theory and exams, evaluations on nail enhancement skills and client services.
Numerous demonstrations and theory on understanding the chemistry of nail enhancements along with colored acrylic, dip powders, nail art, gels and perfecting technique. Manicure, pedicure, acrylic, and dip completions on clients are done on clinic floor along with practice assignments on a mannequin hand or each other. A student is floor ready after passing a practical evaluation for each service based on process, time, and outcome. Students are required to bring in a model for practical evaluations.
Module III: Weekly theory and exam, perfecting technique and business building skills.
At this level the student continues preparation of state board requirements while pursuing learning in their area of chosen expertise and nail protocols. Business skills and preparation including preparing a resume, marketing and building clientele are included. Preparing for the salon, independence, booth rental, salon ownership or other focuses are reviewed. Increasing focus on the development of philosophies concerning service time, re-booking, and retailing, and referrals are enhanced. Finally scheduling for the next school board (done once a month) and passing a written and practical exam are required for graduation. Student is evaluated for a final competency for manicure, pedicure and full set of nails.
Aesthetician to Nail Technician: Number of weeks varies. Consideration is taken for Aesthetician’s work schedule in the salon.
Program is modified to meet the students scheduled training hours. Completion requirements are adjusted to meet graduation requirements, test scores and practical evaluations are the same.
Cosmetologist Nail Training
This program is modified to meet the student's scheduled training hours. Completion requirements are adjusted to meet graduation requirements, however test scores and practical evaluations are the same.
**Number of weeks varies. Consideration is taken for Cosmetologist work schedule in the salon.
Requirements for AZ State Licensing
Upon graduating from Academy of Nail Technology, the following requirements are needed for obtaining an Arizona State Nail Technician License:
Be a graduate of a school approved by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, having the required number of hours for the selected course:
600 hours for Nail Technology
300 hours for Aesthetician to Nail Tech
Mail completed paper work to State Board of Cosmetology
Register and Pay the required fees for testing with PCS
Pass a written & practical examination on the knowledge of the occupation administered by Professional Credential Services (PCS).
Each student is responsible for scheduling their own testing dates.
Registration can be accomplished on line www.pcshq.com with a VISA, MASTER CARD or DEBIT CARD.
Nail Technician Theory and Practical Exam $177.00
First License $70.00
Professional Credential Service passing score for each of these tests is 75%.
NOTE: Before testing, students must have the school report hours completed required by Arizona State Board for test eligibility. Once this report is received by the State Board they will contact Professional Credential Services who will administer both tests and mail results to the candidate.