The aesthetics industry, especially when it comes to fillers and Botox, is muddled with contradicting do's and don'ts for aspiring practitioners. The clearest path to becoming an aesthetics practitioner (if you're not a cosmetic doctor) is to start with being a beauty therapist and work your way up the qualification levels. Until now, it's a very contentious route to take, and despite the tightening regulations, the rules aren't getting any clearer. That means the more devious training academies feel like they can get away with scamming people out of their money by promising aspiring practitioners lucrative careers without giving them any proper education.
It's hard to discern the credible training academies (bear in mind that the terms 'school' and 'academy' hold little weight in the legitimacy of a training school or academy) from fraudulent ones, so this is where doing diligent research will come in handy.
How can you get scammed by a fraudulent training academy?
Truthfully, it's hard to discern, but we can start with basing our judgments on credentials. For example, training academies can scam you out of your money when they offer courses that aren't CPD Accredited and have an unqualified practitioner spearheading these courses.
These are its most critical ramifications:
If a training course isn't CPD Accredited, there's a high chance it doesn't follow any codes or industry standards for education. Adhering to CPD Standards will set legitimate training courses apart because the CPD values ethical and high-quality business practices. Hypothetically, even if your trainer is a skilled practitioner, if their training course isn't accredited by any relevant governing body, their 'curriculum' is most likely incomplete, and they're creating hordes of ill-prepared practitioners who'll end up doing harm to their clients.
All practitioners know that having insurance is essential to their work. In any proper training course, applying for insurance is vital because security is a priority for your clients. However, training courses that aren't CPD Accredited may lead to your rejection of insurance applications. That means you can't safeguard your practice and your clients in the event of complications. Take this fraudulent Sheffield training academy, for example.
The same logic applies when your practitioner doesn't have enough (or the proper) qualifications to teach you a course. You're paying large amounts of money for someone's expertise to be shared with you, and so you should look into their background. If their qualifications and years of experience are no different than yours, that's a red flag.
Though this isn't a universal truth, because it's possible for some CPD Accredited training courses to not be on par with industry standards. Still, it's a good place to start.
A quick thing to note is you should check if they're registered in any relevant governing bodies, like the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or General Dental Council (GDC).
These are things you can search on the governing bodies' respective websites, which makes it easier for you to know who to trust, and fast.
Added assurance can also mean including an ample amount of former student testimonials to your checklist. Scour through the training academy's website and social media pages to see if there have been success stories. You can also look to aesthetics groups on Facebook for feedback and opinions on specific training academies, look for former students and ask about their experiences—remember that the aesthetics community can be a powerful resource for you.
The biggest takeaway here is that when there are credentials and testimonials present, the chances of getting scammed are non-existent!