Types of vocational qualifications in the UK beauty industry
There are a number of qualifications in the beauty industry- in the UK, which are ABT accredited, VTCT level 2,3,4, NVQ, Diploma, Certificate such as Phi brows’ v..v and many of you do not know the difference between these degrees. Today I will explain specifically each type of degree and what kind of qualification that can be used to apply for a License – a legal requirement to practice beauty treatments in London.
Type 1: National Qualification
Are taught and issued by Awarding Organisations such as CIBTAC, VTCT, City & Guilds, TQUK and Highfield Qualification. These courses are usually subject to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is the national standard for UK qualifications.
What is NVQ?
NVQ-National Vocational Qualification – has been around for many decades, popular in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The qualifications are used mainly to assess work-based competency. Unlike academic qualifications, NVQ focuses on testing your ability to perform skills and tasks associated with your industry. In 2004, the NVQ degree was changed, from level 4 to level 8. NVQ taught according to the national standard curriculum.
Currently in London if you want to apply for a license to practice tattooing, you must have a National Degree Level 4 as VTCT, or NVQ level 2 for nail salon
Type 2: Accredited Qualification
This is a degree awarded by a vocational school after the student has finished a short course – usually of a shorter duration than the courses of the national degree above.
The quality of the course and this degree is guaranteed by a third-party organisation such as an independent company or insurers.
These organisations check the quality of the courses they accredit, to ensure the quality of the curriculum following a high standard and the trainers are qualified and have sufficient experience in the delivered subjects. Usually they require the instructor to have a Teaching qualification level 3 teaching and have at least 6 months of experience in the subject that the instructor teaches.
This qualification is appropriate when you are studying a certain method of cosmetic therapy or updating new techniques but can not replace a national qualification.
There are three main groups of accreditation company :
- CPD services such as: CPD Excellence- Center Center of Excellence CPD, CPDAnglo Kingdom CPDUK, the Office for Standards CPD-The CPD Standards Office
- Some insurance companies
- Professional associations: BABTAC -British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, HABIA – Hair and Beauty industry authority
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development
This is a way to track or record activities that are taken both formally and informally after your initial training or qualifications. CPD activities can range from exhibitions, training courses or seminar attendance, self-study, or time spent reading industry related magazines or websites.
When you join a certain seminar that they give 5 CPD points, that is the CPD score that each esthetician needs to collect.
Many academies say their course is level 3 or level 4, it is important to note that only Ofqual backed qualifications can list a ‘level’ of competency or criteria that the course meets. Any course other than a qualification that you attend is not equivalent to or similar to an NVQ level
The leading CPD companies in the UK are:
- The CPD certification service
- Center of CPD excellence
- The CPD standard office
Before CPD enters the Quality Accreditation field, insurance companies often offer this service.
The advantage of quality-verified courses by insurance companies is to give students confidence that the course can be insured, as long as the student meets the prerequisites set by the insurance company.
Insurance companies approved courses include:
· ABT Insurance
· Hamilton Fraser
· Westminster Insurance
The Professional Association
Professional associations represent the industry and often host trade fairs and industry fairs. They can often seek to set standards and participate in the improvement of industry standards and the setting of industry regulations. These organizations are also involved in quality accreditation for qualification, but they often require more rigorous than the insurance companies or CPD
One of the organizations highest respect in the industry include:
HABIA- Hair and Beauty Industry authority
BABTAC: British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology
Type 3: Degree granted by private institutes/academies
The quality is not guaranteed by a third-party company but is based on the teacher’s reputation or brand name , for example a Phi Academy degree,
S academy, etc.
To upgrade or improve a certain skill, or update new treatment methods.
One similar point of all three of the above types of qualification: they all can get you an insurance , including type 3, but type 1- the national qualification will give you the most choices of insurance and also guarantee you for a license to practice beauty treatments in the UK
When choosing to study a new degree you should find out what is the purpose of this certificate? To apply for a practice license? To buy insurance or just to improve the level of a particular skill? Academy offer national qualification? Diploma or accredited qualification? If the quality verification company that the institution uses is reputable, etc.
Feature Academy is accredited by the Center of CPD excellence for the following reasons:
- There is a system to assess the quality of the training organisation, and grading academy based on their performance.
- All instructors of CPD courses must perform CPD for a minimum of 30 hours per year and must keep a log of all the activities they participate in. This ensures that instructors stay up to date on all skills and stay up to date with current industry regulations or changes
- Instructor must Have a minimum of Level 3 teaching degree
- Learning method is flexible both online and at a salon
For eyelash extensions, eyelash tinting , eyebrows tinting , Henna can be learned completely online
For Microblading and Permanent Make up , there will be 2 qualifications , the Entry qualification granted by the Academy (type 3) and the advanced qualification accredited by the CPD (type 2) with the pre-inquisitive is Beauty Level 3 for all learners.
Credit: Salon Expert ‘s blog post: ” What is the different between a qualification and accreditation?”