If you would like to become a professional beauty therapist, the first step is to research the type of beauty training you need in order to qualify. Alongside the standard Level 3 beauty therapist qualification, there's a range of beauty therapy jobs that you can be trained in. If you are keen to practise certain beauty therapies, it can be helpful to identify beauty therapy courses that allow you to train in these.
Furthermore, whether you are planning to work as a mobile beautician, or in a salon, spa or beauty clinic, you need to be sufficiently qualified and insured. This is to protect both yourself and your clients.
When it comes to picking a beauty therapy course, you will need to be aware of the industry standard and know which qualifications are recognised within the UK is key. Keep reading for some tips on what to look for in a training organisation/course.
Beauty therapy courses and schools - what to look for
There are many different beauty training options, and it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Asking yourself the following questions when looking into training schools and beauty courses can help:
- What qualification will I come out with when I’ve completed the course?
- Is this qualification enough to start practising my chosen beauty therapy?
- Is this qualification recognised in the UK?
- If I need further qualifications, does the school offer them or will I need to go elsewhere?
- Will I receive recognised health and safety training?
- Can I get insurance with this qualification?
- Is the school/course accredited by a professional body?
- What is the teaching environment like? How much attention will I get as a student? How much supervision will I be given?
- What approaches are taught in this school/course? Is it the approach I want to learn?
- How much help is given with paperwork and the theoretical element of beauty therapy courses?
- What qualifications/experience do the trainers have themselves?
- Does the school offer ongoing support?
- What do graduates of the course/school say about it?
It is also worthwhile looking into the types of beauty courses that would suit your current lifestyle. If you want to train part-time, a higher education college offering budget-friendly, part-time beauty courses may be your best option. Full-time courses are also available, but can be intensive.
Private beauty training schools on the other hand tend to offer beauty therapy courses that can be completed over a shorter period of time. However, training can be expensive and you may have to travel.
Another option is beauty therapy apprenticeships. This type of beauty training is ideal if you work in a salon as an assistant and need training to qualify as a beauty therapist.
Most beauty training schools and organisations will have all the information you need on their website. If you cannot find this information or are unsure, give them a call or send over an email to ask for more information.
As previously mentioned, there are many beauty training organisations out there. The following examples are not exhaustive, but are a good place to start:
Gateway Workshops Ltd offer training for complete beginners looking for a career change (or for extra income). They also provide beauty courses for existing beauty therapists, so there is something for everyone. High standards of training and experience are incredibly important at Gateway Workshops Ltd. This is why all courses are fully insurable and recognised by leading professional bodies.
This training school has a 15-year proven track record and all tutors are specialists in their own fields. They are willing to guide students and offer help and advice where needed.
The Gateway Workshops promise:
- Students who need to repeat their days training can do this free of charge.
- All students are given a complimentary Anatomy and Physiology e-manual.
- All students are given a complimentary therapist accounts package when booking a course.
- Help to find work will be offered to all graduates.
Gateway Workshops Ltd have trained individual students as well as beauty therapists from John Lewis Spa, Champney's Health Resort, Dolce & Gabbana beauty UK. They have also trained large professional salons like Dior, The Mandarin Oriental Spa at Knightsbridge and the Sanctuary.
Beauty courses are available for all levels, and there is also the option to take CPD courses. Gateway Workshops Ltd provides recognised, affordable and insurable beauty training. This allows students to use beauty therapies professionally to gain an extra income, in a clinic, salon or as a mobile beautician.
Venues and dates are available in London, all around the UK, Scotland and Ireland on a weekly basis. Please visit the Gateway Workshops website for dates and full course information.
The Beauty Academy provides short-term, private beauty courses to beginners and established beauty therapists who want to specialise in a wide range of NVQ and City and Guilds beauty therapies.
There are nine Beauty Academy training centres across England kitted out with the latest, high quality training products and equipment essential for today's professional beauty courses. Students are given practical training in small groups to ensure they receive a high level of attention and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
Following successful completion of beauty training, students will receive The Beauty Academy Diploma. This is accredited by leading professional bodies in the beauty industry (such as The Guild of Beauty Therapists) and allows students to obtain insurance.