Frequently Asked Questions

We’re often asked the same questions about what we do, and how students should decide who they train with; please have a read through, and if you have a query that isn’t on here, do get in touch with us.

Why are there so many different qualifications?

It can be confusing! NVQ, VRQ, Level 2 & Level 3, Certificates & Diplomas; If you’ve researched different beauty courses, you’ll have found there are many accreditors, including The Guild of Beauty/Holistic Therapists, BABTAC, VTCT, ITEC – the list goes on! If you find a course you are interested in, see who the accreditor (or Awarding Body) is, and research them online to ensure you are satisfied with their standards. They should all offer nationally recognised qualifications, which will entitle students to professional membership and legally required insurances when qualified. They should also publish a list of their approved trainers/training schools, so do check this is the case. There is a national framework in place that all training providers and their qualifications should adhere to, so theoretically, all training provision should be the same wherever you go. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case, so make sure you do your research thoroughly; your reputation will depend on it.

How do I know if the tutors/trainers are actually good at what they do? How will I know if they are teaching me properly?

Any reputable training school should be open, happy and willing to answer any questions honestly about themselves. Some questions you may wish to ask could be:

What qualifications do they have themselves in beauty/holistic therapy?

When did they qualify?

What experience do they have?

Achieving a qualification is something to be proud of, but it is very true that you never stop learning! There is no substitute for experience.

What teaching qualifications do they have?

When did they qualify?

What support do they offer their students?

We all learn differently, and your tutors should be aware of this, and able to adapt their teaching methods to suit YOU.

It is essential that your training is carried out on other people or therapists, and that you experience the treatment yourself as far as possible. Working on only plastic heads and dummies is not acceptable under any circumstances.

All tutoring staff at EABT have many years experience as tutors and therapists, and a robust record of Continuing Professional Development.

All staff are subject to enhanced CRB checks, for your peace of mind.

What’s the best way to get a qualification in beauty or holistic therapies?

Many adults are looking to re-train in another profession, and the beauty industry is one that has been fairly recession-proof. Most of us, however, cannot afford to give up work and become full- time students, hence the growth in private trainers, such as EABT. At EABT, we aim to provide affordable, flexible training to fit around you; this may involve group training sessions, or individual 1-to-1 tutoring. We can come to you if necessary.

If you are aged between 16 -19 years, then funding is available for course fees. This will usually be at a local further education college rather than through private training, and obviously it would be sensible to take advantage of this. Contact your local college directly, or alternatively www.helpyouchoose.org

Which course should I start with?

There are so many areas of beauty therapy; its diversity is one of the reasons so many people choose it as a career. There are many factors to consider, so please discuss your short and long term plans with us so we can arrange the best course of action for YOU. We can offer discounts on combined courses, so they are even better value.

Why do prices vary so much with regard to course costs?

This usually comes down to the amount of time the training school spends with you; obviously training providers who issue certificates immediately at the end of training do not have to commit as much time to their students. At EABT, with most courses, we like our students to practice on different models before we do a final assessment, particularly if they are beginners (although this can be done within a short time-span if preferred). We are able to issue a formal ‘pending’ statement if required, for example, by insurers. We also like to assess their theoretical knowledge, to ensure they can carry out treatments safely and effectively. We have sadly taken on students who have already paid for training with other providers, but simply don’t have the confidence to carry out the treatments they have been certificated for. Ultimately, when students achieve with us, they should feel 100% confident in what they do; it really shouldn’t be about getting the qualification as quickly and cheaply as possible, there is just too much that can go wrong!

Am I guaranteed to pass with EABT?

No. Our reputation is very important to us, and our students and their clients need to be reassured that only those who have worked to meet the required levels and assessment criteria will achieve certification. At EABT, we don’t automatically accept you on to a course once you’ve paid your deposit, which is why we would rather chat to you before you make a decision to go ahead. We ask you to complete a short questionnaire, detailing your previous training and qualifications, if any, and medical history which may restrict or prevent your progress and achievement, and together we can make sure the course you want to train on is at the correct level and suitable for your wants and needs. So although we don’t guarantee you will definitely pass, we offer every support we can to help you achieve in the first instance and all the way through, and we have not yet had any students who have failed to achieve.

Why do some training schools insist that I purchase a training kit? Why can’t they just provide it?

Some trainers retail kits, and will insist you purchase directly from them. Others will provide you with what you need for the training day. At EABT, for most of our courses, we will ask you to purchase a working kit which will enable you to practice what you have learned after training, and to complete case studies if required. It is expected you will do this anyway to be able to provide the treatment! However, we do not insist you purchase from us; we are happy to provide a list of what you need and you can shop around for the best deal. If you do purchase from us, it is at cost price, and we do not profit from sales.

What Are CPD Points?

Continuing Professional Development is a structured way of measuring learning, updating, skills and knowledge of individuals within whatever industry they work in, and is a way for individuals, employers and the clients they serve to assess current competence and improvement. It is an essential requirement for membership of most professional bodies. At East Anglian Beauty Training, all of our qualifications have been awarded CPD points through the Guild, and the FHT for some holistic therapies. For example, our Reflexology course for qualified L3 therapists is 30 CPD points, but for complete beginners, who obviously will need to learn more, it is 54 CPD points. The number of points awarded is calculated, independently, on many factors; training/study hours, course content, written requirements and testing, etc.. So generally, the higher the CPD value, the more in-depth and structured the course is.  A.B.T. record the learning hours of home and hands-on study. For peace of mind, always check your trainers’ courses have been reviewed and accredited. As with their qualifications, all trainers should be happy to freely provide this.