There are some qualifications to become a nail technician in the state of New Mexico. You need to complete at least 350 hours of training including classroom courses to meet the licensing requirements. Many schools have more than 350 hours of training.

At any authorized schools you will learn application skills, safety and beauty, how to use the various tools and implements of the trade, and the fashion and retail business. NM doesn’t have a huge number of institutes like CA but the training is every bit as good!

Luna County courthouse, NM
Luna County courthouse, NM

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NM Nail Technician Exams and Licensing

Once you are done with the training you will need to submit an application to take the exam for licensing. The application will include the following information:

  1. The professional training hours you completed
  2. A current photograph
  3. A copy of your drivers license, birth certification or passport
  4. A notarized training affidavit signed by the school
  5. Training transcripts

The application is then sent in for processing. Once approved you will get a written theory exam authorization letter and you will also get a practical exam admission notice to allow you into the exam.

New Mexico Nail Technician Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Glitz School of Cosmetology2460 Missouri Avenue, Las Cruces, 88001$3,500Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber
Vogue College of Cosmetology2434 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, 87505 $6,500Cosmetology,
Adorabella Beauty Academy800 Juan Tabo Boulevard NorthEast, Albuquerque 87123$6,000Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber, Instructor
San Juan College4601 College Boulevard, Farmington 87402not knownEsthetics, Cosmetology, Barber
New Mexico Junior College1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs 88240not knownEsthetics, Cosmetology, Barber
Olympus Beauty Academy1011 East 10th Street B, Alamogordo 88310$7000 plus $1000 for the kitBarber, Esthetics, Cosmetology
Elan Academy1600 Eubank Blvd NorthEast, Albuquerque 87112not knownEsthetics, Cosmetology, Barber

There are three exams that you need to take a pass. There is a national practical exam, a national written test, and a state law written exam. In order to pass each exam you need to score at least a 75 percent. Once you have taken the exams the scores will be sent to the New Mexico State Board for review. They will be the ones that will be issuing the license.

Once you have your license you can start your job search online and find good, salaried employment. Or you can choose the path of a salon owner, but that will take extra time, energy, and money to set up initially.

Keeping Your License Up-To-Date

In order to legally work as a licensed manicurist you need to renew your license at required intervals, but there is no CE requirement at present. The New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists will remind you when the renewal date is coming up. This date will be in the month you were born each year. You can renew your license online.

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