Some training organisations only offer accredited training and there is much confusion around accredited courses mainly because they are often referred to as qualifications. If the training is non regulated and is not approved by one of the four awarding bodies (City & Guilds; CIBTAC; ITEC & VTCT) then it is should not be referred to as a qualification. These non regulated courses have however been approved by an insurance company for public and treatment indemnity cover.
The main organisations offering accreditation are:
The most obvious advantage of accredited over non-accredited qualifications is that the accredited ones provide the learners and stakeholders with a guarantee of quality of both the qualification programme and the awarding body that offers accredited qualifications. Non-accredited qualifications, on the other hand, are not regulated and there is no guarantee that they meet appropriate standards. There is no way to tell whether they are fit for their purpose, if they include relevant content or if appropriate methodology for assessment is used. Sometimes, however, the courses that are offered by non-recognised organisations may lead to a recognised qualification.
Accredited training is a important part of the industry to ensure that therapists keep their skills current, we call this Continued professional development (CPD). These courses are also a good way to find out if you are serious about building a professional beauty business. Phoenix also offers the opportunity to turn your accredited training in to a full regulated qualification but looking at what skills you have and need and delivering training to plug the gaps and award the qualification as easily as possible meaning that you wont have to start from the beginning.
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Our accredited courses have been designed by Industry experts, around the National occupational standards (where they exist) Industry requirements and approved for Insurance by Associated Beauty Therapists.
Unlike most training providers, we do not agree that one day is sufficient to become professional or confident with treatments and therefor we only offer training for some of our accredited training workshops once you have achieved the qualification.