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NVQ vs 1 day courses

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What’s the difference between an NVQ & a 1 day course?

With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the right course for yourself can be very confusing. Here is a little insight in to the difference between short courses and NVQs.

Most day/short training courses will be accredited by an awarding body such as Professional Beauty, ABT, BABTAC or The Beauty Guild. This means that the training school has been approved based on their course manuals, training qualifications and liability insurance. These will allow you to the learn the skills needed to carry out these treatments. These are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves at home or as a mobile therapist. There are a few salons that will employ without NVQs but this can be restrictive.

We would strongly recommend that you check with the awarding bodies that the school is still approved. We have to renew each year!


Most Salons specify that a Beauty therapist needs an NVQ at level 2* (min) to work within a salon environment. NVQ/VRQ qualifications are both nationally and internationally recognised certificates. Both types of qualification are fully recognised for insurance and employment within the Beauty industry.

Both are work related and focus on the practical and employment skills needed for the beauty industry. Whilst studying your NVQ with us you will gain valuable work experience in our salon at Miskin Manor Hotel

VTCT or City & Guilds

Both governing bodies are of equal value in the workplace, however we use VTCT because:

  • They are a major awarding body in the UK, the market leader and provider of specialist qualifications in beauty therapy, massage and holistic therapy and nail services.
  • Specialist in this field since 1962
  • We have been an approved centre for over 7 years

If you complete any of our NVQ courses you will be able to gain valuable work experience in this fast moving industry.
This will give you the skills and knowledge to gain a successful career in the beauty industry. All of our teachers remain active therapists in the subjects they deliver and we are sure we can offer you first class training.

Please come in and have a look around and get to know us. We all know how big a commitment it is to change careers! We believe in quality training for those that want to work! Our next FREE open evening is running on Thursday 18th July 6-8pm. You can claim your free ticket here:

You do not need any experience to start your career as a therapist!
Kelly was a manager in a finance company for 11 years, Daljit was in the construction industry and Jennifer worked in an accounts firm! However, with hard work and dedication you can fulfil your dream and join us in the rewarding, fun and thriving industry.

You can start at this level without doing level 1, ask us how)