Are you a beginner looking for a Beauty Course but don’t know where to start? At Ray Cochrane Beauty School, we are the leading training academy in London for beginners interested in a beauty career.
Established in 1954, we were the first UK beauty academy to offer the prestigious CIDESCO Diploma. We are also the number 1 VTCT training centre for Laser Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation. The Ray Cochrane Beauty School has been a long-term fixture in the beauty training industry, so we want to share our knowledge and experience with anyone interested in Beauty Courses.
Over the years, we have created an information hub of beauty and aesthetic-related content to guide current and prospective students in their beauty journey. This blog post will direct beginners to relevant information to assist their beauty course journey.
To become a beauty professional in the UK Beauty Industry, you must complete an accredited or multiple beauty course. Accredited awarding bodies include VTCT, ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO, and more.
Why Complete an Accredited Beauty Course as a Beginner?
Becoming a qualified Beauty Therapist, Aesthetician, Nail Technician, or Micbrolading artist is more than learning the treatments. Receiving accredited beauty training no matter the stage of your journey is necessary but even more so as a beginner. As a beginner in the beauty industry, high-quality accredited training will:
- Set you apart from the competition.
- Accredited courses hold students to a certain standard.
- Offer a qualification that is acknowledged globally for business purposes.
- Teach students critical health and safety knowledge to operate within the beauty industry.
What Career Can I Pursue as Beginner in the Beauty Industry?
We offer numerous courses that will guide you into a profession as a:
- Beauty Therapist
- Nail Technician
- Microblading Artist
The course you choose will depend on your interests, but we will break it down to make it easier to understand.
Becoming a Beauty Therapist as a Beginner
Beauty Therapists offer their clients waxing, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and lash and brow treatments.
For those interested in becoming a competent Beauty Therapist, you need to have completed a VTCT Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. As a beginner in beauty therapy, it would take 24 weeks to become a fully qualified beauty therapist.
In the Level 2 course, students would learn the foundations of Beauty Therapy whilst Level 3 expands on the basics to teach the more advanced techniques. To qualify as a beauty therapist, you need to complete practical training on customers to perfect your treatment skills.
Non-medical Aesthetic Training for Beginners
Aestheticians are the leaders of the facial and skincare industry with their ability to transform their clients’ skin and offer them confidence. As a qualified non-medical aesthetician, you can offer laser and IPL treatments, chemical peels and microneedling.
Compared to Beauty therapists, Aestheticians offer more advanced and potentially dangerous treatments, so they require more training. To go from a beginner to fully qualified, complete a VTCT level 2 and 3 facial and skincare course and then complete the relevant advanced Level 4 training in specific treatments. For example, if you want to become a Laser & IPL Aesthetician, you need to complete your Level 2, 3, and then Level 4 Laser & IPL Certificate.
Depending on the area of Aesthetics you are most interested in will determine how long it takes you to qualify as an Aesthetician. It can range anywhere from 14 weeks to 26 weeks.
Beginner Friendly Nail Technician Courses
Being a Nail Technician is more than just doing designs and painting nails! As a qualified nail tech, you are responsible for the overall health of your customer’s nails.
It takes our students 10 to 19 weeks to complete their VTCT Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician Course. After you have completed your Level 3 training and passed all the assignments, you can work as a freelance nail therapist or in a salon. Without your level 3 qualification, you can’t get licencing from your local council to work as a nail technician!
Mircoblading Training Courses
Read: How to get into Microblading?
The popular semi-permanent makeup treatment has boosted clients’ confidence, reduced their need for makeup and given them the brows of their dreams. Microblading has taken the beauty industry by storm, and with no signs of slowing down, more people are interested in becoming Microblading Artists.
To become a qualified Microblading artist, you must complete the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Microblading, which runs over 7 weeks. However, to enrol on the Level 4 Certificate, you need to be Level 2 & 3 qualified. Microblading is an advanced qualification that requires foundation knowledge only taught in level 2 & 3 courses such as Anatomy & Physiology.
How to Pick the Right Beauty Course as a Beginner?
So to summarise, the steps to choosing a beginner beauty course:
1) Decide the area of beauty you are most passionate about.
2) Research the qualifications you need to work in that industry.
3) Find a good school that offers regulated beauty training.
4) Enrol in the course.