Online beauty courses VS Classroom based learning

There is more than one way to gain a qualification in the beauty industry. But which method of learning is the best and why?

Classroom based learning

Classroom based courses are still very popular as they are the 'traditional' way to learn, and many students like to have a tutor with them in the flesh during their course. This is great for those who want the advantage of being able to ask questions and recieve an immediate answer. A classroom based tutor will also watch the way you work and help you to correct your technique as you go along. 

Students who have gained their qualifications in a classroom environment usually have a lot more choice when it comes to who they want to insure with and their qualifications are also more likely to be accepted by an employer. 

The cons of this method of learning is that some courses have a high number of other students attending, meaning that the short time that you have with your tutor is split between however many other students are on the course with you. This means less attention on you and your technique. If you want to avoid this from happening either book a one to one course, or enquire with the academy to see what their maximum number of students is. 

The other downside to classroom based learning is having to take time off work, and if you have children then finding childcare may be difficult. You also have to be willing to travel to the course location which takes time and money. If you cannot attend for any reason (such as sickness) then you may lose your course place, and most academies do not offer refunds. 

Online based learning

Online courses are quickly becoming a very popular way to learn. This is because of their abiity to fit in around people's busy work scedules, kids, and lives in general. They mean no time taken off work to fit in a course, and quite often there is full online support from real tutors. 

For years the beauty industry has frowned upon home learning, with many therapists believing that you cannot gain proper training from an online course. For them, everything must be classroom based. However, with the materials available on online courses such as full HD training videos, in depth theory and online theory questions, and online assessments as well as online support from real beauty tutors it is most definitely possible to gain the theory and practical knowledge that is needed. 

One downside to online learning is not having a tutor there in person to guide you, and you must be self motivated to complete this type of training. The other downside to online learning is that in the UK there is only a limited number of insurers who will cover you for treatments learned online. Radius Beauty Therapy Insurance is a popuar one as they are reasonable priced and allow you to pay your premiums on a monthly basis (where as many insurers expect an annual payment in full). Another is Insurance. 

I contacted Chris at Radius Beauty Therapy Insurance for further information regarding the insuring of online beauty courses and this is what he said:

"Our insurance is backed by TMHCC, one of the largest and most respected insurance companies in the world.

The underwriters there (the people who assess the risk and develop the insurance products) took the decision that rather than needing a qualification endorsed by a particular organisation or trade body as most other providers do, they just needed to ensure that someone was ‘suitably qualified’ to carry out their treatment in question.

The relevant piece in the policy wording is this…

Suitably Qualified means the Insured should be qualified to perform the Professional business and shall provide a formal qualification in the event of a claim, if not previously supplied. For new and or innovative Professional business , and or where a formal qualification does not exist, the Insured must provide evidence of competency and or experience.

We hope that this will enable people to find the insurance they need without being forced to sign up to, or use a particular course or members organisation."

So the verdict is that classroom based learning is great for those who feel that they need that face time with a tutor, as opposed to online support. Online learning is better in terms of flexibility and time. But both are great ways to learn and to gain your qualifications.