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Choosing your Learning Provider: Accreditations and Prerequisites

When embarking on a beauty or aesthetic training journey, ensuring that the academy or course is accredited by a recognised examination body is paramount. Don't just take their word for it; make that call to the accrediting agency to verify. External verifiers scrutinise courses, confirming they meet acceptable standards, providing you with a solid foundation.

Pre-requisites are equally crucial. Are the academies you're considering inquiring about your prior qualifications? Having the right educational groundwork is essential, especially for more advanced courses requiring a minimum level 3 qualification and prior anatomy and physiology training.

Professional brands typically demand these prerequisites before opening accounts, even if you've completed an advanced treatment qualification. Make sure you have these basics covered to avoid any roadblocks down the line.

Labels like Level 2, 3, 4, or 5 and terms like "CPD accredited" can be misleading. Ensure that these levels correspond to nationally recognised qualifications from industry governing bodies such as CIBTAC, Qualifi and IQ Verify, to avoid potential issues with insurance companies not recognising the qualification, hindering your ability to secure insurance for treatments. Always check with your insurance provider before investing in training to confirm they acknowledge the course you plan to undertake.

When exploring beauty accreditations, distinguish between generic and brand-specific courses. Opt for in-depth knowledge about treatments rather than solely focusing on brand names. Investigate the expertise of your training provider, their tenure in offering courses, and specifically, the duration of their training in your chosen field. Choosing a training provider with a robust track record can significantly impact the quality of your learning experience.

A crucial aspect of maximising the benefits of a training course lies in the quality and relevance of the course content. It should deliver specific learning outcomes, striking a balance between theory and practical elements. This equilibrium equips you with foundational knowledge while enabling you to confidently apply what you've learned, ensuring you can proficiently carry out procedures.

When assessing an academy's course content, it's essential that the learning resources are comprehensive, breaking down the training information provided. This breakdown facilitates reflection on learning and offers detailed instructions on executing the procedures learned. Comprehensive training materials should encompass consultation form examples, treatment protocols, aftercare guidance, and marketing advice, empowering you with a holistic understanding of the treatment process.


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