Our guide to beauty therapy training courses

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Beauty therapy courses cover a range of disciplines for students wishing to observe best practice in the beauty industry. Programmes will include study modules in reception duties, commercial salon awareness, manicure/pedicure techniques, and health and safety. Introductory courses, which are typically part time, will usually focus on one particular specialism, such as, nail services, waxing, threading or even make-up techniques. Few formal qualifications are required, but, usually, four GCSEs at grades D and above are required.

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Awarding organisations

The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is an awarding organisation, approved by the UK government that specialises in the hairdressing and beauty sector. For over forty years, the Vocational Training Charitable Trust has been at the forefront of vocational education in the UK. It offers Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), and other vocational courses in hairdressing, beauty, hospitality, complementary therapies, sport and active leisure, and more. VTCT offers qualifications at more than 500 institutions up and down the UK.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1946, CIDESCO, which stands for

Comite International D'esthetique et De Cosmetologie, aims to promote esthetics on a national and international level. CIDESCO provides training programmes and awards the CIDESCO Diploma. Estheticians require at least 600 hours of salon experience before being awarded the diploma by CIDESCO. CIDESCO also awards beauty salons with the title ‘CIDESCO Beauty Centre’ meaning they have met certain standards regarding the equipment, hygiene and treatments on offer and their owners are holders of the International CIDESCO Diploma.

Starting out in 1977, as the education arm of BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology), the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (CIBTAC) is today an internationally recognised awarding body, offering a wide range of qualifications in more than 30 countries. The portfolio of courses covered by CIBTAC’s qualifications includes programmes in diet and nutrition, beauty therapy, sports therapy and other related complementary areas. Qualifications offered by CIBTAC are Ofqual accredited and are designed to provide the sector with graduates of exceptional ability.

Founded in 1977, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) is the an awarding organisation for beauty and holistic therapies. BABTAC’s logo in a salon, hairdresser or beauty therapist’s is an assurance that the service providers have highly regarded training and qualifications, and that best practices and services are delivered. The Association also provides insurance packages, keeping in mind the respective markets and providing maximum benefits to its members through comprehensive cover. BABTAC members benefit from BABTAC’s partnership with Wahanda, and availing opportunities such as entering the BABTAC & CIBTAC annual awards, and discounts on training and business services.

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