January 2nd, 2013
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If you have decided that becoming a beautician is the right career move for you, you will need to begin by getting appropriate training. This is a career you cannot enter unless you are properly trained, so this must be your first port of call.
Let’s find out more about beautician training now, so you know how you must proceed.
What course must you take to become a beautician?
If you take a look around you will see there are many courses offering a certificate or a diploma in beauty therapy. Certificate courses are generally shorter by quite a few months compared to a diploma course. This makes them more appealing to some, but be careful before you choose the course to study.
A course offering a recognised certificate will provide a good grounding in the subject. However a diploma course is a higher course and it will therefore provide you with all the knowledge you need to become a beautician.
Make sure that whatever course you decide on, you find an accredited course that results in a recognised qualification. Look for the NQF letters, as these stand for National Qualifications Framework, which is the recognised framework for qualifications in South Africa.
What can you expect to learn on the course?
A proper course in beauty therapy will teach you everything you need to know to embark on a career in this profession. This not only includes the various treatments and how to perform them, but it also provides you with an understanding of the body and how it works. This is vital in order to provide good massages with an understanding of the underlying structures.
You will also learn about skincare and other aspects of being a beauty therapist, such as the need to find out about the medical history of the client. This might seem invasive but some people may have medical conditions that mean they cannot have a particular treatment. For example if someone has a skin condition you may need to refuse to give a treatment or perhaps to use alternative products so as not to aggravate the condition. As you can see, there is a lot to consider when you study for this career.
Are there other courses you can take to further your education and knowledge?
Yes there are. You can study for additional qualifications in various areas if you wish. While the main beauty therapy course is a full time one, there are other shorter part time ones you can try afterwards if you wish to expand on your knowledge in one or more areas.
For example you could take an additional course in electrical treatments or perhaps one in complementary therapies. All of these courses will make you more knowledgeable and employable too, so you can look forward to achieving more in the future.
But it is the main diploma course you must take and pass initially, in order to open the doors to a rewarding beauty therapist career. When will you begin?