Qualifications Uncovered

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
There are many different kind of beauty courses available now-a-days and finding the right one for you can see a bit daunting sometimes.
Here you will find all the information on different types of qualification, what you can do with those qualifications and the differences between them, so you know that your choosing the right course for you.

The main differences between beauty qualifications is whether they’re nationally recognized or accredited. Nationally recognized qualifications include NVQs, CIDECO, BTEC, VTCT, ITEC and many other national awarding bodies own certificates. These qualifications allow you to work nationally without needing to gain personal liability insurance in a salon, as you will fall under the salons own insurance. They also allow for you to work as a self-employed therapist with your own personal liability insurance.

Accredited qualifications are not nationally recognized, but you are still able to gain personal liability insurance to work as a self-employed therapist. Accredited qualifications can usually be upgraded to a NVQ unit of credit, making that individual unit nationally recognized.
So now we know what the different types of qualification are, how do we decipher all the different options. Fast-track, full time, part time, short courses; with all the choices it’s hard to know what will suit you best.

Now fast track courses tend to be designed for mature students looking to fit a course around their busy work/home life. With fast track courses, they tend to range from 10 weeks up to 6 months and can be one to two days a week. These courses allow you to gain you qualification faster and usually have smaller, more intimate classes. Some fast track courses will be full classroom based learning, whereas others will be home study. Make sure when enquiring you find out how the courses is taught and be aware of how much help you may need. Like with any course you will be expected to complete homework away from class, so be prepared to complete this in your own time, as well as practicing your learnt skills. This type of qualification is great for anyone looking to gain their qualification fast and fit it around their personal life.

With Full time Further Education college courses, they usually last around 30-36 weeks excluding school holidays (this adds up to about 1 academic year). These courses tend to be around 3-5 days a week and more tailored to school leavers. Classes for mature students tend to be mixed with under 19 year olds and classes are usually around 25-30 students. This course gives you a lot more practice and revisiting skills and knowledge multiple times. This course is much more suited to students that have just left school or people who feel they need more time in the classroom. However, they are not so good for fitting around a busy work/life schedule. Further Education colleges usually run part time/evening courses but over a longer period of time for those who need to work around their studies.

Short courses are usually 1-2 days and give you a certificate of attendance or accredited certificate allowing you to gain personal liability insurance. Some colleges and academies will give you the option to upgrade the qualification to a nationally recognized certificate, but not all private academies have approval to carry out NVQ qualifications. These courses are great for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the beauty industry or fully qualified therapists wanting to expand on their current skills with advanced beauty courses. 

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