With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the course to suit your needs can be confusing. While researching courses you may have found that there are many different accrediting bodies usually in the form of confusing initials. With that in mind, we thought we’d try and make things a bit clearer for you.
What is the difference between a NVQ / VRQ level qualification?
The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is the beauty industry’s oldest awarding body. They issue NVQ certificates (National Vocational Qualifications) and VRQ’s (Vocational Related Qualifications) which are both nationally and internationally recognised certificates. Both are equivalent, and vary according to the subject unit you are taking.
The standards for NVQ certification are set by HABIA, the Government setting standards body for the hair and beauty industry. You can rest assure that our courses are designed, delivered and assessed to meet these rigorous requirements set by the awarding body.
NVQ vs. VRQ
National Vocational Qualifications vs. Vocational Related Qualifications
VTCT offer NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) as well as the VRQ (Vocational Related Qualification). Both types of qualifications are fully recognised for insurance and within the hair & beauty industry
• An NVQ is a work-related, hands-on qualification that focuses on employment skills.
• They’ve been developed by the industry for the industry.
• It is a collection of units which, when completed, gives you the full compliment of skills required to work in the beauty industry.
• The achievement of all units makes you competent or ‘work ready’ for your new beauty career.
• A Vocational Qualification is similar to an NVQ in that it is work related and practical and focuses on developing your employment skills.
• It will apply to a specific subject within that industry.
• This is great as a ‘preparation for work’ qualification.
The units that make up the NVQ are chosen and developed by industry specialists (HABIA) who identified the main skills that are required to fulfill a specific job role or occupation.
Where other subjects have value within the sector, but do not wholly contribute to the core of what the industry actually needs, e.g. Reflexology, then the VRQ is offered to ensure a certain level of knowledge is attained and meet insurance requirements.
VRQ‘s are like ‘pockets of skill’ within a subject area related to an occupation