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What is the difference with beauty accreditations?


With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the right course for yourself can be very confusing. Here is a little insight into the difference between short courses and NVQs.


ABT Accreditation Courses

Most day/short training courses will be accredited by an awarding body such as Professional Beauty, ABT, BABTAC or The Beauty Guild. This means that the training school has been approved based on their course manuals, training qualifications and liability insurance. These will allow you to learn the skills needed to carry out these treatments. These are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves at home or as a mobile therapist.

  • Great for upskilling
  • Lower price – more affordable
  • Shorter courses – normally day courses
  • Nationally recognised
  • Easier and quicker to complete

VTCT Accreditation

It was a dream of mine to be able to offer VTCT accredited courses.

To receive VTCT training you would normally have to attend college, however now adult students can enrol on fast track courses, allowing them to complete the theory in their own time.

VTCT is an international qualification meaning therapist can work worldwide. VTCT is also approved by OFQUAL (regulates qualifications & exams) so this means that the assessment criteria is stricter.

VTCT courses are more in-depth and involve a lot of theory work. More knowledge is learnt compared to accredited courses.

Theory and Practical exams will need to be taken before any certificate is issued to the student.

More advance treatments will require you to have a certain level qualification to complete the course and obtain insurance.

  • A lot more knowledge is taught
  • International qualification – work worldwide
  • Be able to offer more advanced treatments
  • Flexible learning
  • More opportunities in the industry


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