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!
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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:
- The professional training hours you completed
- A current photograph
- A copy of your drivers license, birth certification or passport
- A notarized training affidavit signed by the school
- 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
|Glitz School of Cosmetology||2460 Missouri Avenue, Las Cruces, 88001||$3,500||Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber|
|Vogue College of Cosmetology||2434 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, 87505||$6,500||Cosmetology,
|Adorabella Beauty Academy||800 Juan Tabo Boulevard NorthEast, Albuquerque 87123||$6,000||Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber, Instructor|
|San Juan College||4601 College Boulevard, Farmington 87402||not known||Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber|
|New Mexico Junior College||1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs 88240||not known||Esthetics, Cosmetology, Barber|
|Olympus Beauty Academy||1011 East 10th Street B, Alamogordo 88310||$7000 plus $1000 for the kit||Barber, Esthetics, Cosmetology|
|Elan Academy||1600 Eubank Blvd NorthEast, Albuquerque 87112||not known||Esthetics, 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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