If you’ve found what you think is the ideal course online that’s cheap and offers everything you could ever want to learn in 1 day, think again!  So many people want a piece of the pie that is the health & beauty industry and some Education Providers are not there to create future professionals, but wish only to gain profit from the naivety of someone new to this world.  To be taken seriously as a prospective tech, therapist, stylist etc it takes more than a cheap 1 day course that’ll teach you 5 areas of skill.  It’s a buyer beware market on the internet and here’s our Top 5 Poor Quality Education pointers.

  1. Cost – The age-old adage “If it looks to good to be true, it probably is” rings loudly in education within the nail and beauty sector and is also trickling into some areas of hair education too.  Quality courses come at a cost as a good provider will be well qualified, well experienced, insured and be able to provide full after course support.  Kits are more likely to be included by good Education Providers and will be industry standard products or equipment.
  2. Pre-requisites – Does the course have pre-requisites?  This could be GCSE’s, manicure qualifications, Level 2 or Level 3 NVQs in the subject and more.  If you are taking a course check how much experience is required.  If the course is for a technical or difficult procedure and there’s no pre-requisites, consider if you will be able to get insurance to practice the skill you will be paying to learn.
  3. Course Content – What’s involved?  How is the theory taught?  Is there an assessment before you qualify?  If not, you may not be getting the best education.  You won’t know if you’re safe to practice.  If there is assessment, how is this carried out and when?  Are there case studies to be completed?  Theory, assessment and case studies are necessary and relevant to many practical skills courses. 
  4. Who is the Accrediting Body?  There are many national qualification bodies and recognised accrediting agencies. Without the right stamp on your certificate you may not be able to get insured to practice. Check our Who’s Who of the Industry for more information
  5. Insurance – Check this on two levels.  Firstly, is the Education Provider insured to teach and provide education services?  Secondly, once you’ve completed the discount course will you be able to work on the public and get insured.  If you haven’t had great training and then you practice without insurance and you injure a client they can sue you.  Our society is becoming more and more litigious and without insurance you leave yourself open to personal liability and potentially being bankrupted.

Good education costs for a reason, save for a bit longer and make sure you give yourself the best chance to improve your future.

Sue Davies

Sue Davies has been an active member of the nail and beauty industry for over 16 years. She has worked widely in the industry in the fields of salon management and ownership, international nail competitions, as an education provider (both independently and for industry brands), and managed nail industry trade bodies. Sue is highly respected within her field, has received industry recognition and awards and been a regular columnist and contributor in trade press.