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.
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.