How to choose your Training Provider

Some of the most asked questions I have from new students are:

Are your courses recognised?

Can I get insurance?

Will I be able to work for myself?


The beauty industry is one of the largest growing sectors for employment.  There are endless opportunities to work within the beauty industry. You can work on a self employed basis, as in running your own business in a salon environment, renting a room, mobile therapist or home salon. You could also be looking for employment within a salon, spa, etc.


BUT training is a huge mindfield.


Unfortunately the beauty industry in the UK is largely unregulated meaning there are no specific rules about exactly what training or qualifications you may need to have to work in this industry.


This has resulted in an increase in poor quality training providers with courses that do not follow industry guidelines. This leaves many students feeling unconfident or sometimes incompetent, at the treatments they have paid their hard earned money for.


So how do you know how to choose a trainer provider and feel confident that you will be received quality training?




If the course you book is not properly accredited you will not be able to gain insurance. This means you will not be able to offer the treatment, as you will not to able to gain Public Liability Insurance.


Check that the course and training provider are accredited with the companies like ABT (Associated Beauty Therapists), The Guild Of Beauty Therapists, BABTAC etc.


If they are, these are training courses/qualifications which have a standard approved by industry membership and/or insurance associations or industry bodies. The quality of these courses go through thorough checks and are assured through their accrediting body.


Any training provider who advertises as being accredited should always be able to show their accreditation. They should also be listed on the website of the accreditor.


If you are not sure, always ask the question.




Near the top of your list should be the experience of the person teaching you. You are going to learn so much more from someone who has a wealth of experience and knowledge.

You should not be afraid to ask questions regarding your tutor. How long have they been in the industry for? What is their industry experience? How long have they been teaching? Do they have feedback from their previous students?

If you are looking at investing your money in a training school or a specific tutor, you need to make sure that it is the right one for you



Of course, the cost of any training is a huge factor for any student; however do not let this be the only consideration. If something appears to be ‘ too good to be true’, it often is.

Find out exactly what is covered during the course. How much theory and practical time is spent during your training. How many students are going to be on the course with you? Our industry is an extremely practical one and time should be spent, under the supervision of your tutor, for you to gain the practical experience that you need.


Are there case studies involved with the courses? Certainly some of the courses that are offered, in my personal opinion, should never be certified on the day. When a student receives a certificate, it is important to me, as a teacher, that the student feels confident and competent in the treatment that I have taught them. Many of the treatments that we learn need to be practised.


Case studies are an opportunity for my students to carry out work in their own time, on different people and then to be able to discuss with me any issues or problems that they have. It is a huge part of the learning process. It gives both myself and my student, the piece of mind that they are able to provide confidentially and competently, the treatment they have learned, on their prospective clients.




Whether you are learning a new skill, or updating your previously learned skills, you should always leave your course feeling inspired and enthusiastic.


Training is something that should be looked into regularly as this industry is ever changing. New treatments, updated products, new regulations etc.

If you want to keep yourself as up to date and the best therapist you can possibly be, much of this will depend on the training provider that you choose.




All of the tutors who work with myself, at Taylored For You, have been in this industry for many, many years. Although our team is small, the tutors who work with me, I have know for many years, have worked with for many years and know they have the same work ethics as me.

I have been in this industry for over 30 years and have been teaching for over 15 years. My other tutors have also been in the industry for many years, all have been teaching for over 10 years. All of us have taught in college environments.   All have had (and still have) their own successful businesses. We all constantly update our skills by undertaking regular training courses ourselves to keep us as up to date in this industry as possible.

But, most importantly, I have a wonderful team of trainers, who like me, have a passion for this industry, and who love nothing more than sharing our passion and skills to help our students build up their own successful beauty businesses. All are committed to providing you with the care and attention, both during your training course, but after you complete your training in the form of on going support.

If you have any questions, at all, about training, looking to start your own beauty business, not sure where to start, please drop me an email using our ‘contact us’ page. I am always happy to offer any advice I can to help you make the right decision for you.