How to become an aesthetician in the UK

22 February 2023

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Aesthetics is a lucrative industry, and with the popularity of Instagram and Tiktok, more and more people are striving for that filtered, picture-perfect look in day to day life. A career in aesthetics is an amazing way to make money in the beauty and skincare industry. 

Aestheticians are trained to provide a range of services, including facials, makeup application, waxing, and more. If you’re interested in becoming an aesthetician, here’s everything you need to know.

Training and qualifications 

First, it’s really important to understand that there are different levels of training and qualifications for aestheticians in the UK. Some aestheticians are trained to provide basic services, while others may have more advanced training and qualifications. You need to decide which sort of training suits you best.

A perfect place for beginners is a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Beauty Therapy, which is often obtained through a college or vocational school like RJL. This level of training will typically include classes on skincare, makeup application, and hair removal.

For those looking to advance their career and offer more services, a Level 3 NVQ in Beauty Therapy is the next step up. Both of these courses provide a really solid foundation on which you can build a successful career, but it is certainly not the end of the journey. From here, you’ll need to you can specialise in other, more technical areas.

Perhaps your passion lies in anti-aging procedures, in which case you can take the Anti Wrinkle Foundation Course RJL offers at our education centre. Maybe you’ve decided that filler is where you want to specialise, in which case our Lip Filler Augmentation Foundation course or our HA Dermal Filler Foundation course could be an excellent beginning for you.

Gaining real life experience 

After completing your training, you should obtain a membership with the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Guild of Beauty Therapists (GBT). These organisations provide support and resources for aestheticians and can help you find work in the industry. Once you have completed a course with RJL, you will have received a recognised CPD certificate, which insures you to work as a self-employed aesthetician.

It is also important to gain hands-on experience by working in a salon, spa, or other similar establishment. This will give you the opportunity to practise your skills and gain real-world experience. You could even begin by working as a freelancer, offering your services to friends and family in order to build up a reliable reputation.

The benefits of starting a career in Aesthetics

One of the best things about being an aesthetician is the flexibility of the job. Many aestheticians choose to work part-time or on a freelance basis, which allows them to have an excellent work-life balance. There are also so many opportunities for career advancement, including working in a spa, opening your own salon or even becoming an educator yourself.

Becoming an aesthetician in the UK is a great way to fulfil a career in the beauty and skincare industry. With the right training and qualifications, you can provide a variety of services to clients and thrive in your professional and personal life. Make sure to check out our Aesthetic courses here if you are interested in starting your journey.