The most important part of beginning a successful career in aesthetics is completing an appropriate training course. With a large number of training providers operating in the UK and a wide range of courses on offer, making the right choice can feel daunting. To help you with the decision, we have outlined the vital factors to consider before you book your aesthetics training course.
Reputation and Certification
Before you choose a training provider, it is important to understand their reputation within the industry and whether their courses are recognised by official bodies.It is a good idea to firstly check that a course is CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified as this ensures that the content and standard of teaching have been assessed to be excellent.
It is also wise to choose a training provider which offers an Ofqual regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables and Aesthetic Medicine, whether or not you wish to take this particular course. The Level 7 Certificate was designed by governing bodies to standardise aesthetic training and is the highest quality, most reputable aesthetics course available in the UK. Having Level 7 accreditation guarantees that your training provider is up to date with the latest guidelines issued by Health Education England and the General Medical Council. Additionally, choosing to train with Level 7 provider means that if you wish to progress and undertake this qualification, you will not need to repeat any foundation training that you have completed with that provider.
Look out for any awards, commendations and nominations that a provider may have received as this also indicates a good reputation within the industry.
Remember to double check that your course provider is fully insured by a recognised cosmetic insurer in order to protect yourself and the cosmetic models you will be injecting.
Once you have researched a training provider’s official seals of approval, it is also advisable to read reviews from previous delegates. These should help give you an insight as to the quality of the courses and what to expect from the training.
It is highly recommended that aesthetics training courses are delivered by qualified surgeons who specialise in fields of plastic or maxillofacial surgery. This guarantees that your trainer has a deep understanding of facial anatomy and has the expertise required to deliver excellent aesthetics training.
Look for a course which promises a small ratio of delegates to trainer. Some providers cut costs by allowing large groups to be supervised by only a few trainers, leading to a poor practical experience and lack of vital hands-on time. Our ratio, one of the most competitive in the country, is set at one trainer per 3-4 delegates which ensures a focused and constructive practical experience.
Never choose a course which uses mannequins rather than live cosmetic models. The most important part of good aesthetics training is understanding facial anatomy, which can only be successfully achieved by studying and interacting with real human models.
Value for Money and Post Graduation Support
Depending on which level of qualification you opt for, the cost of training can be significant. It is therefore important to ensure you are getting good value for money with the course you select. Some providers offer separate courses for Botox® and fillers but if you are intending to deliver both treatments to your future clients, the best value for money is to be found by taking a combined course.
It is also advisable to understand what learning materials you will be provided with as part of your course. A good training provider will give you access to technique and complications guides as well as training videos. This will help cement your learning and allow you to refer back to content once you start practicing.
If you are interested in starting your own successful aesthetics business, it is a good idea to choose a provider which offers business and marketing support as part of their courses. As well as learning how to perform aesthetic treatments, the courses we offer also provide you with the knowledge required to set up your aesthetics business and give you tips on making the most of this lucrative industry.
With your long term success in mind, it is also wise to check if a training provider offers any dedicated post graduation support. When you first start your career in aesthetics, there can be hundreds of questions you may need to ask – from help with product ordering and record keeping to dealing with complaints, devising ideal treatment plans and many more. It can be hard to know where to go for help and advice, so knowing that your training provider offers support once you have completed your course can be invaluable. We are excited to announce that we are soon to be launching ‘DigitalXpert’, our very own range of support packages which will be available exclusively to graduates of Acquisition Aesthetics. Our team of experts will be on hand to provide help with anything and everything, as well as giving advice on how to master social media and utilise other marketing platforms. Subscribing to DigitalXpert means you will never be without expert advice and mentorship throughout your aesthetics journey.
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