Training within Aesthetics

The UK beauty industry is one of the fastest growing industries and the prospects are better than they have ever been, with a value of billions of pounds; the beauty industry helps us look and feel amazing with creams, scents, make up and latest hair trends and products on offer. As the Beauty industry showcases the best of the best to enhance our lifestyle and demand, the consumer is all too well aware and is increasingly taking a more diverse approach to health and beauty rituals.

The beauty industry has always been an expanding industry throughout history and the industry today encompasses far more than the “longer lasting lip gloss” or the “24 hour foundation”. Our daily beauty routine now includes the odd trip down to our local Salon, Aesthetic Clinic and Spa for Botox, lip filler, massage or a spray tan. More and more Consumers are opting to swap and trade the hustle and bustle of their lifestyle for a few hours of relaxation and pampering.

As the beauty industry continues to grow, so too increase the numbers of people wanting to work in the industry that want to contribute to the ongoing advancements within Beauty/Aesthetics. The prospects are exciting and can provide a wide range of career pathways and success in their chosen speciality.

Beauty Therapists

Beauty Therapy qualifications at variable levels of training available within colleges; such as City & Guilds, NVQs, diplomas, apprenticeships and foundation degrees. These qualifications focus on the theoretical and practical delivery of a range of treatments including; Facials, Make- up, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Body Treatments, Massage, Aromatherapy, Eyebrow and Eyelash Treatments.

The curriculum of study also teaches the core knowledge of the practice of Health and safety, Key skills in Maths, IT and Communication as well as gaining business knowledge and experience. Whilst training, Beauty Therapists are encouraged to practice in a college salon or gain experience in their chosen local salon.

Courses are usually assessed by practical assessments and written tests. Some courses are accredited by organisations that run CPD (Continuing Professional Development) or extended courses so beauty therapists can keep up to date with the latest techniques and trends as well as gaining further accredited qualifications.

Course Duration

NVQ level 2 – One year. NVQ level 3 – One year.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but candidates should be working in a beauty therapy salon or in a related environment. Students who are opting to get onto a Level 3 course are required to have an NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy.

Spa Therapists

Within the worlds of Beauty and Aesthetics, there is also an increase of people wanting to be trained in various other Therapies to add to their set skills.

A Spa Therapist provides treatments in either a Day Spa or a Medi-Spa; they promote treatments such as:

  • Facials
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
  • Body Scrubs
  • Body Wraps
  • Therapeutic Hydrotherapy Baths
  • Stone Therapy
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Spa Therapists promote a sense of well being that enhance therapeutic benefits for their clients by offering excellent customer care and  promoting additional aftercare services including body and face products.

In order to make a promising career within a Spa, Therapists ought to enroll onto college courses that provide qualifications that can either lead into work within a Spa or a qualification that is specifically designed for Spa work. There are different types of assessments and they are usually carried out by, written, verbal, observation and evidence-based knowledge and practice of treatments. The evidence requirement details how many performances have been done and demonstrates skill and ability.

All therapists that undertake a lifelong commitment to the Beauty/Spa & Aesthetic industry, to be responsive to the rising awareness for Spa Therapists to continue professional development (CPD) further.

Course Duration

1 year - Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy or Level 3 Beauty Therapy.

There are also short qualifications covering one particular skill - things like Spray Tanning or Hot Stone Therapy

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have a Level 2 /or 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy and ideally be in possession of an English and Math qualification.

Medical Aestheticians

Non-surgical cosmetic treatments are proving that the cosmetic industry is an exciting prospect to be involved in.  Whether you are a Beauty Therapist or a Spa Therapist, the industry can provide a greater opportunity to advance within the field of Aesthetics.

With extra training, Beauty Therapists can become qualified in more complex techniques in facial and body aesthetics. Aesthetic Practitioners are qualified experts who are advanced in the current trends and skills of more highly developed techniques of Non-Surgical treatments by attaining clinical practice in their specialism and developing their role within a Clinic, Hospital and/or a Cosmetic Surgery Group.

Some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments include laser hair removal, semi permanent make- up, laser cellulite reduction, laser re surfacing and skin peeling. Aestheticians are responsible for carrying out a full consultation, assisting and providing treatments in a range of aesthetics treatment procedures.

Opportunities for private flexible learning programs make it easy for those wanting to become certified Aesthetic professionals. The Training is aimed to instruct you through a combination of private teaching that train and educate from either away courses and/or company in-house training with an emphasis on practical and experiential learning.

Course Content for privately opted courses on advanced  Aesthetics, usually include anatomy & physiology, the  principle, administration and  practice of treatment, the risks and benefits, pre and post aftercare advice.

Medical Aestheticians should aim to continue to advance in their education by assisting consultants and nurses, attending seminars and conferences; it is always an advantage to gain new techniques and procedures to your set skill. Continuing professional development marks the difference between a successful aesthetician and one who is not.

Course duration

You can be qualified in as short a time as 24 weeks, others in less time dependant on your entry level and the Company/clinic you work for. Some Aesthetic Schools or accredited organisations offer one day courses or 3 day courses.

Entry requirements

Beauty Therapy- level 3 with 3-5 years experience.

Non-Surgical Practitioner/ Prescriber

As is often the case within this rapidly growing field, there are a wide range of options for training. Success in this industry is directly related to the quality of service and the amount of training you undertake.

Medical professionals such as Nurses, Doctors, Dentists and Surgeons wanting to make a career change or to gain an additional career side line into the industry can learn additional courses within Non-Surgical Treatments. Medical professionals can train in the most advanced injection techniques and receive hands-on training in other procedures.

Practitioners can learn how to treat the most commonly requested procedures, such as anti-wrinkle treatments by injection including Botox and Dermal Filler, Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Dermaroller, Mesotherapy, Lip Enhancement, Omnilux, Coolsculpt and Chemical peels to name a few.

The course outline, usually consists of a complete guide in new developments in advanced administered techniques for aesthetic procedures. Theoretical knowledge of the psychology, anatomy, pathology and pharmacology of administered injectables as well as the potential cross infection and medical emergencies is revised within theses courses to re enforce best practice.

A huge emphasis is placed on all Practitioners to learn to be responsible for patient care, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the administered treatments to ensure the best outcomes for the patient and to take accountability for gaining consent and maintaining / updating client records while the client is present; recording date and time of agreed proposal.

Entry requirements:

Healthcare Professionals must be registered (eg, doctor, dentist, nurse) and hold a Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) qualification.

Course duration

For nurses, this is a 3 year course and it is designed to offer the practitioner the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely.

Other skills

As well as having the core knowledge and skill, it is important that experience is gained within a reputable organisation. You may have the qualifications but do you have commercial/sales experience in order to be successful in your chosen career path? Make sure you:

  • Communicate effectively by improving your customer service.
  • Educate and promote yourself and the service you are offering.
  • Always maintain your professionalism.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Continue your education.

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