cibtac cidesco courses at LSBM

If you’ve been refreshing our website for a while looking for our next CIBTAC/CIDESCO intake, you might have noticed that we haven’t put any up. This is because we will no longer be teaching CIBTAC/CIDESCO here at Ray Cochrane. Whilst it is a big change, we are excited to free our tutors up to more intakes of our newer level 4 aesthetic courses.

However, don’t worry if you are interested in pursuing your CIBTAC/CIDESCO Course with us. You can instead enrol with our sister school The London School of Beauty & Make-Up, another popular and long-running beauty school in the heart of London. 

About The London School of Beauty & Make-Up

In 2019, both schools decided to establish a partnership due to our similar strengths and school values. LSBM was established in 1995 and, similarly to Ray Cochrane, hold all students and staff to a high standard. These standards ensure that you can achieve the most prestigious beauty training in the UK. Whilst Ray Cochrane is a smaller school in size, The London School of Beauty & Make-Up have larger premises. The partnership meant that when our CIBTAC/CIDESCO courses quickly filled up, we could send students who wanted to complete the course immediately over to LSBM, knowing they were in good hands. Hence why we have no worries about permanently moving our CIBTAC/CIDESCO Courses to The London School of Beauty & Make-Up. The structure and standards of the CIBTAC/CIDESCO Courses at LSBM will remain the same as if you were at Ray Cochrane. 


On the CIBTAC/CIDESCO courses at LSBM, you will first learn Aesthetics which includes: manicure, pedicure, facial massage, face masks, electrical facial treatments, waxing, lash and brow tinting and shaping. Students will also learn professional makeup applications, including bridal makeup styles. 

Students will then move on to Body Therapy Treatments in which students master various massage techniques. In this module, students learn Swedish Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Figure Analysis, and Electrical Body treatments.

The CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy will cover other modules:

  • Holistic Therapies including Aromatherapy and Reflexology
  • Career Skill-building through learning Interview Techniques, CV writing and Business Plan Creation
  • Cosmetic Science and Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Diet 
  • Dermatology

The CIBTAC Course will cover generic studies including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the whole body
  • Contraindications to therapies
  • Retail Sales and Product Knowledge
  • Salon Management Fundamentals and Client Consultation
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Basic First Aid
  • Business Studies
  • Individual Customisation of Treatments

Students on both courses will cover Brand Training in Dermalogica, BCL and Gel Polish. Similarly to completing the courses at Ray Cochrane, you will get commercial Salon Experience! Salon experience is a must for anyone looking to pursue a career in the beauty industry, as it will allow you to become more confident in performing treatments on different skin types. Students enrolled on either the CIBTAC or CIDESCO course will work in the LSBM salon to complete treatments on paying customers.

Ray Cochrane CIBTAC CIDESCO Courses are Moving


Trisha – CIBTAC/ CIDESCO Lecturer & CIDESCO International Examiner

Now sitting on the board of CIDESCO International Examiners, Trisha has travelled extensively during her time as a therapist and educator. Deciding that it was time to pass on all of this knowledge to the next generation of therapists, Trisha has moved her focus to prepare students at LSBM to be the best beauty therapists. Trisha loves to share what she wishes she had known when going into the industry to further prepare students for life after graduation.

Nira – CIBTAC/ CIDESCO Lecturer

“Before working at LSBM, Nira specialised in high-end luxury cosmetics and skincare. She completed her beauty and well-being training with internationally recognised brands. Nira has learnt the highest standards of the industries requirements as a therapist which is shown through her teaching. Pushing students to do their best so that once they have completed their training with us, they can stand out in the beauty industry and quickly gain employment.”

*Bios are taken from the LSBM website.


We know this might come as a shock or inconvenience to those of you who might have been waiting to complete your CIBTAC/CIDESCO Course with us at Ray Cochrane. However, we hope after reading this post you know that we have not made this decision lightly and you are in good hands completing your course with The London School of Beauty & Make-Up.


Looking to Pursue a Level 2 & Level 3 Course at Ray Cochrane?

The CIDESCO/CIBTAC courses are great for those looking to pursue a career in beauty internationally. However, if you are looking to work in the beauty industry within the UK and most European countries, a Level 2 & 3 VTCT qualification will fully prepare you. 

At Ray Cochrane, we teach the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy and VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma courses. Students can choose to study these courses individually at their own pace or complete a fast-track combined course that will teach them everything. The VTCT Level 2 & 3 Combined Beauty Therapy Course will fully train you to the highest beauty therapy standards. The course is completed in 6 months, similarly to the CIBTAC qualification, and much of the learned materials are the same. 

Students on our combined Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy course will learn:

  • Health and safety practise in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Facial Skincare treatments such as masks, cleansing and microdermabrasion
  • Eyebrow and Eyelash procedures such as perming and lifts
  • Facial and Body electrotherapy treatments – Vacuum Suction/ High Frequency/Galvanic/ Faradic/ Micro Current
  • Body massage
  • Indian Head massage
  • Hair removal treatments such as waxing
  • Manicures and Pedicures

Students can also practice their treatments on real clients in our professional salon. 

After your VTCT Level 2 & 3 qualifications, students may also move on to their Level 4 training which will qualify them as non-medical aestheticians. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at where a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you.