Become a Beauty Therapist

If like 66% of millennials you’re considering a career change then you’re at that proverbial fork in the path of life. Do you take the path which is more familiar to you? Or do you take the path less known? It’s a difficult decision and the temptation to stick to what you know is overwhelming. 

That career in beauty that you’ve long dreamed of will have to wait - just another pipedream. But it doesn’t have to be like this - your dreams can become realities. Your career as a Beauty Therapist is closer than you think. All you need is a little ‘know how’. 

If you’ve reached the point of considering a career change then it will come as no surprise that one of the most cited reasons for not actually changing jobs is a lack of knowledge as to how to go about it. A new career is something completely different, an unchartered territory just waiting to be explored. It is both exciting and terrifying.

The time to take the plunge is now. Stop wondering ‘what if’ and start making that change.

The Training Room is here to help, as expert training course providers in beauty therapy, we know a little bit about what is needed to help you get your dream career in the beauty industry. Let’s start at the beginning…

Decision Time: You Want To Be a Beauty Therapist 

You’ve probably done the research already. You know what a Beauty Therapist is, your manicures from your pedicures and you are no stranger to the odd massage, either.

Next, comes ensuring that you are a good ‘fit’ for your desired role. It is important to note that there is not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ set of characteristics for the role of a Beauty Therapist - however, there are those which may make you more suited to the role. These include. a keen eye for detail, keeping up to date with the latest fashion and trends and the ability to make your clients feel relaxed, amongst others.

The National Careers Service and Plotr have some good information on what makes a good Beauty Therapist as well as other interesting information. 

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Beauty Therapist?

If you wish to practise beauty therapy in the UK then first you must be qualified. There are two main routes to become qualified. These are: apprenticeship or through a recognised college or training provider, such as The Training Room.

Qualification through an apprenticeship may take a long period of time and be poorly paid. 
On the other hand, training courses such as those offered by The Training Room are often offered on either a full-time or part-time basis making them more flexible and quicker to complete.

You can find out much more about what qualifications are needed to be a Beauty Therapist here.

Qualifications With The Training Room

The Training Room offers Beauty Therapy Courses which are internationally recognised and HABIA approved.

Following the ITEC syllabus, The Training Room will take you through level 2 in Beauty Therapy Techniques and the level 3 in Beauty Therapy. What this gives you is a fully comprehensive qualification in beauty therapy which sees you qualified at the highest entry level in the beauty industry.

Covering everything from lashes to nails and massage to health and safety practices, the course equips you with everything you will need to know in preparation for life as a Beauty Therapist. In addition, you will receive a one-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, GelColor by OPI, to set you up to provide your clients with killer claws! (And to give you an edge in those all important job interviews.)

For more information about the beauty therapy courses which are offered by The Training Room as well as some handy downloadable content, visit the website. You can also read about our course funding options here. 

Beyond Training - What Comes Next?

After gaining those all important qualifications it’s time to explore your options.

Beauty therapy can be an extremely rewarding and flexible career options; full-time or part-time employment or even self-employment - you decide, all are feasible career options.

The Training Room, to help ease the stresses of job seeking, provides all it’s students with an unrivaled career support. You will receive full career support from registration for up to 3 years, as well as a guaranteed interview with one of The Training Room’s corporate partners such as: The OnBoard Spa by Steiner, Clarins or Nuffield Health.

In addition, as the ITEC qualification is internationally recognised there may be options to work abroad. Other exciting opportunities may be available in the television or film industries - the beauty industry doesn’t have a glamorous reputation for nothing!

Considering Becoming a Beauty Therapist?

If we’ve sufficiently put your worries at bay and you’re ready to take your first step to becoming a Beauty Therapist, why not take a look at The Training Room’s beauty therapy courses? Your new career is just a click away!

* Guest post by The Training Room


  1. This is a really good post. I qualified in theatrical makeup and hair, but didn't do any beauty stuff like facials and massage. I think it's great to have a beauty qualification too and if i was going to do it, i would like to do it part time to tie in with my job x

    1. Many courses like this can be taken on a part-time basis. I used to be an NVQ assessor and taught both those on full-time and part-time apprenticeships.

  2. I've always loved beauty. I did a nail course to get qualified and am now considering branching out to other areas of beauty and getting my self fully qualified x

    1. That's cool Jo. I think you can always learn more, education is a continuum.

  3. I've always been interested in beauty! Would love to get into it but just not doable with two young children and bills to pay ox

  4. I went to college and studied hairdressing but always wished I had done the beauty courses instead

  5. Not sure whether beauty is 100% for me, however I've recently started to love doing my nails and think that would be interesting to learn. This is a very thorough post and helpful to anyone wanting to be a beauty therapist x

    1. Thanks Jodie. You could perhaps do a nail technician course if you were interested.

  6. The training room sounds like it offers great courses that are recognized by beauty boards. I have some friends who are thinking of entering the field.

  7. Great post. Thanks for sharing this info. It would come in handy for many.

  8. Great post and one of my friend trained to become a therapist and she is inundated with clients as she does the go to your home/office service x

    1. Good to know there is plenty of freelance work out there when you are qualified.