Nail Technology Schools in New Mexico

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Adorabella Beauty Academy – Accredited

800 Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast Suite I
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Aveda Institute New Mexico – Accredited

1816 Central Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Clovis Community College – Accredited

417 Schepps Boulevard
Clovis, NM 88101

Glitz School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2460 Missouri Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Albuquerque – Accredited

6300 San Mateo Boulevard Suite J
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Las Cruces – Accredited

1460 Missouri Avenue Suite 5
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Roswell – Accredited

4501 North Main Street Suite 13
Roswell, NM 88201

San Juan College – Accredited

4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402

The Avenue Academy – Accredited

6600 Menaul Northeast Suite M002
Albuquerque, NM 87110
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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Cost of Nail Technician School Across NM

Metro Average Tuition
El Paso / Las Cruces $7,598
Albuquerque / Santa Fe $7,563

Comparing Program Costs in NM

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $18,755 - $22,509
Lowest range: $15,000 - $18,755
Average: $17,764
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $7,598 - $8,200
Lowest range: $6,995 - $7,598
Average: $7,463

How to Become a Manicurist in New Mexico

New Mexico Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 400 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in New Mexico is $23,270 ($11.19/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 10% job increase for manicursts between 2018-2028 nationally.

Whether you are applying French tips in Albuquerque or mastering gel nails in Santa Fe, you may be able to start an exciting nail technology career in the state of New Mexico. With New Mexico's mix of rural, suburban, and urban communities, beauty professionals like you can find the perfect work setting.

Education is the first step to a career in this area, whether you have been doing your own nails for decades or you have never picked up a bottle nail polish.

State License Requirements

400 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Now, it's time to apply for licensure at the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. You must pay a $50 licensing fee and pass your licensing exams. You can then receive your NM nail license!

Education Details

You can use our school listings to find a training program that suits your needs. Choosing a program that is conveniently located and that offers high-quality instruction can make a big difference in your career. At minimum, you need 400 hours of training to become a licensed nail technician. Most of your training time should be spent on the salon floor. The topics below are mandatory at all New Mexico nail schools.

Topics Taught at NM Nail Tech Schools

  • New Mexico regulations and laws
  • First aid
  • Cosmetology ethics
  • Bacteriology
  • Sanitation and sterilization
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Massage theory
  • Advanced nail techniques
  • Nail products
  • Client consultation
  • Acrylic nail application
  • Salon business management

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

The State of New Mexico requires nail technicians to complete a training program that includes at least 350 clock hours, and a passing score on the official exam. Once you obtain your license, you must renew it on time to remain in good standing. New Mexico requires manicurists to renew every year by the end of your birth month. The fee for renewal is $50. Practitioners are not required to take continuing education courses to keep their license active. However, instructors are expected to take 12 continuing education units between each renewal.

New Mexico Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in New Mexico

When you become a nail technician, you can use your skills and training in tons of different ways. You may decide to concentrate on natural nail care, which involves using polish, decals, and nail art pens to create intricate books. If you are more interested in the special effects that you can create with artificial nails, you can work on perfecting your gel and acrylic nail techniques. When you complete your education, you can look for employment in many different settings, including walk-in nail salons, spas, and hair salons.

Job options available to nail technologists involve creatively designing and applying nail art for nail salon customers. Other job options include offering manicures and pedicures to beauty salon customers. Nail technologists interested in having and building businesses of their own may open mobile grooming companies. Nail technologists can feel optimistic about their job outlook, as current statistics predict job growth in the nail care field.

Contact the New Mexico State Board of Nail Technology

New Mexico Regulaiton and Licensing Department
Nail Technology
New Mexico

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