Requiring formal qualifications is a positive step forward for the industry and the general public. However, it has also brought to light what can only be described as rouge trainers. Some salons are offering laser hair removal training and offering a certificate to the participants. However, it is not a formal qualification, the minimum standard being a Level 4 regulated qualification awarded by ITEC, VTCT, CIBTAC or BTEC. We can understand how the cut-price training can be enticing, how words like ‘training from an “insert brand” certified trainer could seem legitimate.
A note on the EU, while we do not wish to make this political, with 27 member States, coming to a consensus for guidelines for non-surgical-cosmetic-interventions is proving to be problematic. The debate started back in 2014, while guidelines (unpublished) have been agreed for beauty treatments, non-surgical-cosmetic-interventions is still held up with no agreed outcome in sight. Even if the EU does publish a set of guidelines, it becomes incredibly problematic for them that the training industry has its foundations in the UK. While the EU has not consulted with the UK organisations, an agreed set of standards have been put in place that is robust and agreed upon by the GMC, NMC, GDC, while a new regulatory body has also been set up, the JCCP.
How robust is the training course and qualification attained at the end of it?
In the age where even regulated courses are being cut down to bare bones to simply pass a test, it is important to inquire how robust the course actually is. If possible compare the course structure to other providers. Two courses may have the same qualification title but the course content, depth of learning, can vary greatly between providers.
As mentioned, we have voiced our concern at the lack of standards in the sector; the HEE report addresses our concerns while facilitating a level of training suiting the sector. ITEC & VTCT are UK based and are already implementing many of the recommendations while launching new accredited courses to reflect same.
While awarding bodies like ITEC provided courses for beauty, the rapidly changing face of the aesthetics sector left a gap in the training sector. We have often highlighted the problems with current training with the high degree of insurance claims and clients gaining unfavourable outcomes.