How To Choose The Right Beauty School.

How To Choose the Right course when starting out in the Beauty Therapy or Complementary Therapy Industry.

With so many centres and courses saying they are fully accredited and insurable finding the right course and training centre can be a minefield.


To be credible in the Beauty Therapy and complementary therapy industry, is it important to check your training course is fully recognised in the UK and abroad. 


We increasingly find students are coming to us asking for their diploma courses to be converted to a VTCT Nationally recognised qualification. Sadly they have wasted their money doing qualifications from centres that are not offering qualifications listed on the government framework of qualifications. 


allten and walden VTCT recognised qualification For students without VTCT nationally recognised qualifications can find themselves:

  • Held back when applying for jobs
  • Struggling to gain insurance 
  • Unable to do further qualifications with beauty colleges that have nationally recognised beauty qualifications as a prerequisite for advanced courses.

Insurance companies often set prerequisites. For instance, to do a VTCT level 3 Electrical facial course, you would need to hold a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification, i.e. VTCT, ITEC, BTEC or C&G and not a facial diploma course.


Many London boroughs are now insisting on nationally recognised qualifications before issuing a special treatment license to include nail technology, semi-permanent makeup and microblading. 


Add on courses like micro-needling, dermaplaning, pregnancy massage etc. will need, for insurance purposes, students to hold nationally recognised qualifications before attending these courses. 

To have in house diplomas or diplomas that are accredited by smaller organisations and that don’t have a QAN number that can be found on the Regulated Qualifications Framework -RQF will hold you back.


VTCT is the leading specialist awarding organisation in the UK for qualifications in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. VTCT has over 55 years’ experience of awarding qualifications both within the UK and Internationally. 

Two years ago, VTCT acquired ITEC Awarding Organisation. ITEC branded qualifications are now awarded by VTCT. 

VTCT is officially recognised by Ofqual – Recognition Number: RN5198. Ofqual is the UK Office reporting directly to the UK Parliament for qualifications and regulation.


Each VTCT qualification bears a QAN number, which provides assurance of validity and authenticity and that it is on the RQF – Regulated Qualifications Framework. The UK regulatory framework articulates with the EQF – European Qualifications Framework for recognition of qualifications by international employers, governments and professional associations.


The European Union recognition of professional qualifications mapped to the EQF is enshrined in law through the Lisbon Recognition Agreement reference Article 13 Directive 2005/36/EC.


Further information about VTCT’s credibility as a UK and International Awarding Organisation and the validity of VTCT qualifications:


• – Confirmation that Ofqual is the UK Office reporting directly to the UK Parliament for qualifications and regulation


•– Can independently check that Ofqual recognises VTCT


• – Can check recognition status of either a Qualification or an Organisation on the register


To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.