Who are The VTCT


Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. With more than 2,000 approved centres worldwide, VTCT has an ever-expanding list of centres throughout the UK and Ireland, with a growing international presence.


Who is VTCT?

VTCT is a market-leading specialist Awarding and Assessment Organisation, with a UK market share of over 60%, offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of ‘services to people’. The qualifications suite offered by VTCT, spans a range of sectors including hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy, complementary therapy, sport, active health and fitness, business, retail, hospitality and catering, and learning and development.Who is VTCT? VTCT is a market-leading specialist Awarding and Assessment Organisation, with a UK market share of over 60%, offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of ‘services to people’. The qualifications suite offered by VTCT, spans a range of sectors including hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy, complementary therapy, sport, active health and fitness, business, retail, hospitality and catering, and learning and development.


What is an NVQ/SVQ?


An NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification approved by Ofqual, which is the main regulatory body for qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. An SVQ is a Scottish Vocational Qualification approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation which is the regulatory body for qualifications in Scotland.


What are VRQs?


Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) are assessed to competence standards identical to NVQs/SVQs, but tend to cover more specialised areas.


The full suite of market-leading qualifications that The VTCT develop covers


* Hairdressing & Barbering

* Beauty Therapy

* Complementary Therapy

* Sport

* Active Health & Fitness

* Hospitality & Catering

* Business & Retail

* Learning & Development


As a VTCT learner, you can study qualifications that will teach you the skills and knowledge necessary for success in your chosen career, while gaining an industry-recognised qualification.


Click here to download the VTCT learner handbook, to answer your questions - https://www.vtct.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Learner-handbook_VTCT_AW_9_lowres.pdf


VTCT v Accredited?

Struggling to know which course to go for? Don't know what the difference between VTCT or accredited is? Here are some pointers to help you, we hope :-) :


What is VTCT? - VTCT stands for Vocational Training and Charitable Trust, and is an examination board that offers VRQ (vocational related qualifications)& NVQ (national vocational qualifications) qualifications. We are able to offer you VRQ qualifications.


What is the difference between VTCT and accredited? - VTCT is an examination body, and regulated by industry standards councils, whereas accrediting bodies are profesional bodies and have their own standards and criteria that are not necessarily regulated by industry standard councils, but are still approved for professional use and eligible for insurance cover.


Which should i choose? - For employed therapists it is good to check with your employers which level of qualification they require you to hold, i.e., most will prefer the VRQ route, as opposed to accredited. For self-employed therapists, you could choose either option, VRQ or accredited, provided your insurance company approve.


What level of work is involved to complete the course? - Most accredited courses involve one day practical attendance and then the study of the training manual at home along with a question paper to answer and a few case studies to complete in order to receive a certificate. VTCT courses require more practical attendance as well as one or more assessments which may include assessment practically as well as one or more written exams. There is also a portfolio to compile of your work, along with coursework to complete at home and case studies. Our online courses are also accredited and involve distant learning and submission of case studies to complete the course, some involved assessment by video also. Not all insurance companies or professional memberships will cover you for online courses, and whilst we offering online learning, we do not feel this can replace the hands on practical learning, and is not suitable for everyone's style of learning.


In summary, what to consider:

  • Are you employed or self-employed? What level of qualification does your employer require?

  • Who are you currently insured with? What specifications do they have in order to cover you for insurance? You MUST check with your insurers before enrolling on a course to ensure you book onto the right course.

  • How quickly do you want to qualify? VTCT courses require more work and practical attendance than accredited courses

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch - holistictherapiestraining@gmail.com


Thank you for reading :-)


Karen xx

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