Why choose us?

Master Academy is an experienced, Premier Cosmetic Tattooing / Beauty training organisation in Aotearoa, providing NZQA Micro-credentials and international Phi certification for the Beauty and Cosmetic Tattooing Industry.


Your team at Master Academy follows the Te Whare Tapa Whā holistic model to ensure ākonga/learners hauora/wellbeing to support you in your journey to becoming an amazing artist. For ākonga/learners it is important that we incorporate Taha Wairua (Your spiritual wellbeing) Taha Tinana (Your physical wellbeing) Taha Whānau (Your family and social wellbeing) and Taha Hinengaro (Your emotional wellbeing) into your learning journey.


  Your educators, Amanda and Michaella, Co Directors of Master Academy and Skin Revision, draw upon over 60 years combined experience within the beauty industry and hold qualifications in Adult Teaching. Michaella and Amanda work with both industry leaders and governing bodies to achieve a unified approach to reaching excellence for our ākonga/learners to ensure their career success. In addition, as New Zealand, Northland Representatives of the Beauty NZ Professionals Association, they are informed about the latest legislations, standards. health and hygiene requirements within Aotearoa.

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“I am so happy I choose Master Academy to train with and Michaella Messenger as my Master tutor. Her team are amazing teachers and what’s more impressive is the on going support and all the girls that have trained with and meet along the way through the Master Academy. We are all one PhiSister family. My dream of becoming an eyebrow microblade/shading artist is now a reality. Thank you Michaella for all your support, believing in me, pushing me to be the best I can be”

~ Vicky Bramley ~


“After 25 years of working in Academia, it was a drastic career change for me to join Master Academy NZ as a student. I have been blown away by all the support, guidance and patience I have received from my trainers. It has been an absolute enjoyment getting through my levels with Phi and I am looking forward to becoming a Phi Artist in the near future.”

~ Fatima Williams ~


“I choose Master Academy to study through because I loved the work I saw their artists producing and knew that was the extremely amazing level of work I wanted my clients to receive! Master Academy have provided so much support during my training and then even after I became qualified! Whether it be deciding on a pigment colour or helping with difficult clients, they were always there to help.”

~ Kimberley Atkinson ~


“Above all, people, their training and ongoing learning are crucial to the success of the beauty industry. As new beauty products and technologies are emerging at a rapid rate, so too is the need for the industry knowledge and skill base to absorb these developments and the growth. Forecasts indicate the beauty industry will face strong growth in the next ten years.

Private training Enterprises have the dominant market share in beauty education provision in New Zealand. Providers Michaella Messenger and Amanda Semenoff, NZ Licensees of Master Academy NZ are well placed to help meet the forecast in the demand for quality training and ongoing learning in the industry. They are a force to be reckoned with for training and provide high-quality courses throughout NZ and Australia.

Experienced industry professionals and proven business women there is not a lot Michaella and Amanda don’t know about the industry. Leveraging this and investing heavily in their custom built training facility in Whangarei, Amanda & Michaella mean business. World renown PhiAcademy is a highly professional organisation backed up with worldwide brand recognition, proven technological development and innovation.

I’ve had the pleasure of training with PhiAcademy, Michaella and Amanda directly, in 2017 and this year 2018, and wish them every success. I can highly recommend the education, training and ongoing support they provide. It’s money well spent.”

~ Geraldine Austin | SkinCraft Appearance Clinic ~ 


“I first studied in PhiBrows in December 2016 as an already experienced tattooist in PMU.  The Phi philosophy, product and trainings are exceptional and industry leading but the ongoing professional support is above any other I have experienced.   

The NZ PhiAcademy has nurtured and inspired both new and experienced artists in the art of perfection and quality with industry standards respected and expected.  I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting other likeminded professionals that encourage a positive, empowering network and it is a privilege to be part of their story.

#passion #pride #persistence

~ Pauline De Thierry | Pamper Me Medispa, Thames ~
PhiBrow, PhiShading, PhiBold, PhiRemoval, PhiContour & PhiLings Artist
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For detailed information about the training opportunities with PhiAcademy, please either email students@phiacademy.co.nz or click here


In some cases, training, education dates or Masters may need to be altered or rescheduled due to circumstances beyond our control.

If this occurs, Master Academy are in no way liable for any costs incurred to you for adjusting accommodation or travel.

Please note, we do not provide refunds, however we do allow transfers to another date or education.