Special treatment licence accepted qualifications

Any qualification must be regulated by Ofqual, you can check that qualifications are regulated by them on The Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Any qualifications from overseas will have to be submitted by the therapist/practitioner to UK NARIC. A compatibility certificate will indicate the qualification comparison of the international qualification and the UK qualification equivalent. 

Alternatively you may be able to do a conversion course with a training provider to upgrade your training to an Ofqual regulated qualification.

The information below sets out minimum acceptable qualifications for many special treatments. However, the Ofqual regulated courses can change and you are advised to check their website for any new courses and to check that courses have not been removed.

If the treatment you wish to offer is not listed please contact Jenny Seal with details of what you wish to offer so we can advise you on acceptable qualifications.
 

  • CNM Diploma in Acupuncture
  • BSc (Hons) Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc (Hons)
  • Acupuncture MSc
  • Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic. Ac.)
  • VTCT Level 4 Advanced Epilation Techniques
  • ITEC Level 4 Blemish Removal
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Blemish Removal

No accredited qualifications available. You must be able to either:

  • provide evidence including references of two years experience or
  • provide evidence you are training with a cosmetic piercer that has had at least two years experience

Training must cover infection control.

The practitioner may be required to successfully complete an infection control course, specified by the Council, and/or to complete a questionnaire on infection control. Any practitioner failing to satisfactorily complete the questionnaire may be required to undertake further training to improve their knowledge, by successfully completing a course specified by the Council, before they can be included as a licensed practitioner on the premises licence.
 

  • VTCT Level 2 Award in Ear Piercing (QCF)
  • Safe Pierce ear and nose piercing training on their own equipment

Cosmetic Piercers meeting standards set out for ‘Cosmetic Piercing’ (above) do not need to hold this qualification for ear piercing.

  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate In Electrical Epilation (QCF)
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Epilation
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Epilation
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Epilation
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Epilation (VRQ)
  • other accredited Level 3 beauty qualifications such as the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy where the ‘Provide Electrical Epilation’ unit has been completed as part of the course
  • ITEC Level 4 Diploma In Laser and Light Treatments
  • CIBTAC Level 4 Certificate In Laser and Light Skin Rejuvenation (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Award in Laser and Light Treatments for Skin Rejuvenation (QCF)
  • ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Treatments
  • IAO Level 4 Certificate In Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (RQF)
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Award In Laser and Light Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Award In Laser and Light Treatment for Hair Removal (QCF)
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Light Treatments for Skin Rejuvenation
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Award In Laser and Light Treatment for Hair Removal (QCF)
  • CIBTAC Level 4 Certificate In Laser and Light Hair Removal (QCF)

Specific treatments given must be within the level 4 training undertaken, otherwise higher levels of training are required.

N.B. Level 5 training is required for tattoo removal.

Plus Mandatory ‘Core of Knowledge’ training.
 

  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF) 
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology 
  • CIBTAC Level 2 Award in Providing Manicure Services 
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy
  • Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments 
  • ITEC Level 2 Award in Provide Manicure Treatments 
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Manicure 
  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Award in Providing Manicure Services (QCF)
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Manicure (QCF)

Only massages that are stated on a qualification will be permitted on a licence.

Where a general massage qualification is held, modules should be evidenced.

  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Body Massage
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage
  • ITEC Diploma in Beauty and Massage Therapy
  • TQUK Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Massage (RQF)
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Facial and Body Massage Treatments
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Massage Techniques
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy
  • ITEC Level 3 Award in Body Massage
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage (QCF)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Body Massage (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage (QCF)
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Stone Therapy Massage (VRQ)
  • ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage (QCF)
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage)
  • VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Massage Therapies
  • ITEC Level 3 Award in Stone Therapy Massage
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Indian Head Massage (VRQ)
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Award in Indian Head Massage (QCF)
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Award In Body Massage (QCF)
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage and Electrotherapy Treatments
  • ITEC Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage
  • ITEC Level 3 Award in Massage using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Massage Using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Diploma In Massage Techniques and Beauty Therapy Services
  • City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Massage (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Microblading Techniques
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Enhancing Eyebrows with Microblading Techniques
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Micro-Pigmentation Treatment
  • ITEC Level 4 Award in Micro-Pigmentation Treatment
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Award in Enhance Appearance using Micro-Pigmentation Treatment (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Micropigmentation (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF)
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Nail Treatments
  • Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Nail Technologies
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology
  • CIBTAC Level 2 Award in Providing Pedicure Services
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy
  • Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments
  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Award in Providing Pedicure Services (QCF)
  • ProQual Level 4 Certificate in Skin Tightening & Rejuvenation using Plasma Technology
  • Sports management Sauna/Steam room training (ISRM)
  • ITEC Level 3 diploma in Spa Treatments
  • CIBTAC Spa Therapy Diploma

Documented specific manufacturer training for the facility offered in your premises. Must include evidence of understanding and implementation of Legionella controls.
 

No accredited qualifications available. You must be able to either:

  • provide evidence including references of two years experience or
  • provide evidence you are training with a tattooist that has had at least two years experience 

Training must cover infection control. The practitioner may be required to successfully complete an infection control course, specified by the Council, and/or to complete a questionnaire on infection control. Any practitioner failing to satisfactorily complete the questionnaire may be required to undertake further training to improve their knowledge, by successfully completing a course specified by the Council, before they can be included as a licensed practitioner on the premises licence.
 

  • The Sunbed Association training package
  • VCTC Level 2 Award in Skin Tanning Techniques
  • NVQ unit BT30 Provide UV Tanning Treatments
  • ITEC Level 2 Award in Apply Skin Tanning Techniques
  • ITEC Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy with optional unit Provide UV Tanning Services
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy with optional ‘Provide UV Tanning’ unit
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Body Electrical Treatments
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage and Electrotherapy Treatments
  • ITEC NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship in Spa Therapy
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty and Massage Therapy
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Facial and Body Massage Treatments
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy
  • VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF)
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Award in Facial Electrical Treatments
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Diploma in Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies as long as the units ‘Provide facial electrotherapy treatments’ and ‘Provide body electrotherapy treatments’ have been completed