We offer the following industry-recognised qualifications:

Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie


Founded in 1946 in Brussels with their Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie – CIDESCO is the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy. CIDESCO membership is open to leading schools, colleges and beauty centers of the world and students looking to achieve a superior level of training and the CIDESCO Diploma qualification which is recognized worldwide.

The CIDESCO Diploma is the world’s prestigious qualification for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set international standards since 1957.  CIDESCO are proud to provide training and education in a wide range of beauty and spa therapies to produce graduates of the highest calibre.  Sought after by employers worldwide, the CIDESCO Diploma is a mark of high achievement, fully opening up a world of career opportunities to graduates.  The CIDESCO portfolio of Diplomas at Ray Cochrane Beauty School includes Beauty Therapy, Spa Therapy and Post Graduate.  CIDESCO courses are developed by an international Education Committee formed of world leading professionals in the fields of beauty therapy and spa in association with employers.

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The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology

Established in 1977 as the education arm of BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology), CIBTAC are a not-for-profit organisation, continually reinvesting their income for the benefit of their accredited Centres and their Candidates. Each of their courses are developed through their close relationships with Government Agencies and employers from around the world, ensuring they are tailored to provide for the requirements of the international industry. Many of their Centres have been with CIBTAC for more than 30 years and their qualifying graduates are sought after by first-rate employers because they are both educated to a high level and are salon ready.

CIBTAC QCF qualifications are designed to ensure an exceptional quality of graduate is entering the sector whilst providing a flexible learning structure that allows each individual to design their portfolio of qualifications depending on their career aspirations. They are recognised by the British Government Qualification and Credit Framework which is often used to support local Governments’ qualifications throughout the world to enable international recognition for the learner.

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About VTCT

Vocational Training Charitable Trust

VTCT is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Their full qualification package for Ray Cochrane Beauty School includes Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapy.

With more than 800 approved centres, VTCT has an ever expanding list of centres throughout the UK, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Kenya, India, South Africa and Australia. VTCT is a charitable organisation and its main activity as an awarding body is also its first charitable objective; to develop and provide high quality education and qualifications for the service industries.

VTCT is involved in many of the new initiatives being introduced into the education system, including the embedding of general education skills and online-assessment.

NVQ – National Vocational Qualifications are a national qualification recognised only in the United Kingdom.

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ISI (The Independent Schools Inspectorate)

ISI is a Government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of Association independent schools. Schools in the Associations are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children in 1,200 schools. ISI also inspects private further education colleges and English language schools on behalf of the Home Office. Inspection is for the benefit of the pupils and students, and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and care.

Ray Cochrane Beauty School is inspected and regulated by ISI to ensure highest quality of training and care