The demand from the public for aesthetic treatments is growing and as a result, salons are looking to upskill their staff which means training.

Additionally, the number of companies offering training courses in aesthetic treatments is also growing.

In the interest of public protection, it’s more important than ever that courses are reputable and don’t mislead salons and trainees as to what they get for their money.

Salons should know exactly what these courses cover, the nature and duration of the training and the qualification they will get, particularly is the training provider claims the qualification will meet the entry criteria for professional registration with the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) or other industry bodies.

The UK’s advertising regulatory authority, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has recently investigated three complaints referred to them by the JCCP.

The ASA upheld the complaints in all three cases, saying the providers had misrepresented or withheld full and correct information for potential students to be able to make an informed decision before signing the contract for their place on the advertised courses.

Caroline Larissey, NBF’s Director of Quality & Standards said, “Salons need to be confident that they are getting the right training and are not being misled.

“Last year, the NBF published a ‘first of it’s kind’ free guide to the qualifications and training needed for hair and beauty treatments from level 2 right up to aesthetics treatments at levels 6 and 7.

“We always recommend that qualifications are accredited by regulated awarding organisations such as VTCT, City & Guilds, CIBTAC and others.”

She added, “The NBF guide on qualifications and training has ‘assured advice’ status and is backed by Milton Keynes Council as the Primary Authority, which means that all local authorities recognise the NBF guidance.

“We’re delighted that Environmental Health Officers are already using it, and we know that beauty salons have welcomed it with open arms.”