To become an assessor you will need to be occupationally competent in the sector you are looking to assess within.
The level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) will enable you to assess a learners’ occupational competency and vocational knowledge, skills and understanding within your sector of competency.
So what are A1, D32/33?
Quite simply these are old qualifications. The current Assessor qualifications replaced the A1 award in 2010. Before the A1 the qualification was called the D32/33. These are now in the past and its probably easier if you pretend that you have never heard of them.
What is TAQA?
TAQA actually stands for the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance so essentially refers to the complete suite of assessor and quality assurance qualifications of which the assessor’s qualification is just one component of.
So if you are looking to become an Assessor then the only qualification you need to be concerned about is the one above.
With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the right course for yourself can be very confusing.
Ulearn offers Diplomas that are accredited by Professional Beauty who have looked at our courses and our teaching and assessment methods and have deemed our courses are of a high standard and are suitable to be insured. These courses are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves at home or as a mobile therapist.
Our Diploma courses are taught at the same level as the relevant NVQ/VRQ. Students can complete their Diploma first and then upgrade to the NVQ/VRQ at a later date.
Most Salons specify that a Beauty therapist needs a NVQ/VRQ 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 within the Beauty industry. Both qualification are work related and focus on the practical and employment skills needed for the beauty industry.
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
If you are looking for a flexible career that you can fit around life's obstacles, then being a self employed therapist may be the profession for you! Not only can working hours be arranged around your schedule, but you are you own boss- all profit that is made is yours. In order for you to carry out treatments on paying clients you will require to hold a diploma certificate in each treatment that you offer. Here at ULearn College we run over 35 short diploma courses ranging from 1 day- 3 days in length. Once you have successfully passed your course you will receive a diploma certificate in that chosen treatment area. This will allow you to gain insurance for the treatments you provide for your client base.
You can later upgrade any diploma certificate to a NVQ unit through yourself for £175
Salon Spa/Hotel/Cruise Ship Employee
A job in a Salon, Hotel or Cruise ship can be extremely rewarding. As a therapist you will deal with a wide rage of clients including regulars and drop ins, no day is ever the same when working in a fast moving salon. To secure yourself a job in a salon, you will need an NVQ level 2 as a minimum (Some salons do request their staff have level 3). Here at ULearn College we offer our students the chance to study NVQ's in Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology and Massage. We also give all diploma certificate holders that chance to upgrade individual units to NVQ level for a small fee.
Our NVQ's run on a flexible basis, you as a student decide how quickly (or slowly) you wish to complete the qualification and can also be paid for in up to 4 instalments- giving you the chance to start earning from your treatments as you learn!
I love my job! It not only offers me the chance to do spa treatments but it also allows me to carry out the salon treatments, which allows me to create my loyal client base. I never have two days at work the same, I always see different people wanting different treatments and results, I can never imagine my job becoming boring.
I admit that my job isn't all fun. I still have the daily grind off sweeping the floor, cleaning the wax pot and the dreaded stock take- but these things are all important, after all there is nothing worse that having to tell your client you have run out of products!
The best part of my job is making people feel confident about themselves. Seeing clients leave with a huge smile on their faces is amazing. I take pride in my work.
My favourite treatment is makeovers, I especially like wedding make up. Being a brides make up artist is such a big responsibility, the client is trusting you with the biggest day of her life. Seeing the brides face light up when she looks in the mirror makes all the training, cleaning and stock take worth while.