Urban Beauty Academy presents how to choose the correct beauty training provider


Quality criteria for value-adding beauty school training providers – accreditation is no guarantee of quality

These days skills development is a priority of the government , the question is often asked: How should an individual go about selecting the right beauty school training provider? What criteria should you examine to make sure that the provider delivers quality beauty training programmes.

There are a number of Beauty Training providers in South Africa and unfortunately a large number of students have realised that the fact that the beauty school is accredited is no guarantee of quality, or that the programmes will address the specific needs of the students.

These beauty schools may have impressed the ETQA with imposing mission and vision statements, as well as piles of policies and procedures to get accreditation, but that does not necessarily translate into quality learning programmes.

If you are looking for a beauty school that will really add value, here are 10 key questions you should ask before appointing anyone to help your company with its training needs.

Ten critical questions training providers must be able to answer:

1. What is the NQF level of the programme?

2. Which unit standard(s) or qualification is your programme aligned to?
– Do programmes constitute building blocks to a qualification? (Providers score bonus points if they meet this requirement, but it is not always necessary or desirable.)
– Note: This question only applies to NQF-aligned programmes. It does not apply where alignment to unit standards/qualifications is not appropriate or not possible, i.e. programmes that are not ‘NQF-able’.

3. Which SETA are you accredited with, and what is your accreditation number?

4. Is this programme covered in the scope of your accreditation? (Are you accredited to offer this programme?)

5. What are the registration numbers of the assessors you are using?
– Does their registration cover the areas they will be assessing?

6. Show me how the learning programme and materials cover the components of the unit standard(s) or qualification.

7. Show me how the assessments cover the specific outcomes and assessment criteria of the unit standards.

8. What understanding or experience do you have of our specific work industry or environment?

9. How will you customise your programme to relate it to our context?

10. How long have you been a training provider?
– How long have you been offering this programme?
– Can you give us the names of three previous clients?

If the provider could not answer these questions satisfactorily, you need to look further. But, if you are satisfied with the answers, then you may have found a perfect partner. We at Urban Beauty Academy will happily answer any questions a potential client has about our training approach and methodology. We are here to help you thrive and if you would like to know more about our courses, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly sales consultants today.

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