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If you select the fast track accredited diploma option for training, the courses are approved  and verified through the following accreditation bodies, enabling you to obtain insurance and practice professionally. If you already have therapist insurance, you can inform them who the qualification is accredited by. The following also provide insurance cover for you if you are looking to renew or take out insurance.

N.B. each course will state which bodies they are accredited by, not all courses are accredited with ALL of the accrediting bodies listed below. 

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 exam board that offers VRQ (vocational related qualifications)&NVQ (national vocational qualifications) qualifications. We are able to offer you VRQ (Not NVQ) qualifications.

What is the difference between VTCT and accredited? – VTCT is a governing body, and regulated by industry standards councils, whereas accrediting bodies 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.

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.

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

Our Accrediting bodies

N.B. each course will state which bodies they are accredited by, not all courses are accredited with ALL of the accrediting bodies listed below. 

The Complementary Medical Association

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CMA_Oval_logoThe CMA was established in early 1995, in response to the overriding lack of public and medical knowledge about the complementary medical profession.
The Complementary Medical Association (CMA) aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession.
The CMA represents the interests of just over 15,000 practitioners in various categories – including students and 100 college members with additional organisations approaching us regularly. The CMA is great news for professional practitioners, ethical colleges and patients who demand and expect excellence in every aspect of treatment.

N.B. This accreditation body covers Holsitic and massage qualifications, but not Beauty.

Associated Beauty Therapists

ABT Insurance

ABT_InsuranceAssociated Beauty Therapists combines over thirty years’ of internal experience with one of the largest insurance company’s in the UK (AXA Insurance UK plc), the premier show organiser and publisher (Guild News) and a team of well respected industry professionals. Assoicated Beauty Therapists is a UK-based company offering both membership and insurance solutions; it is designed by therapists, for therapists and all therapies are covered by the insurance at a fraction of the cost you may be used to.

Professional Beauty


Professional Beauty is a portal to the UK beauty industry. On a monthly basis the magazine features news, trends, treatments, products, data and insightful viewpoints. Professional Beauty finds out what’s going on in the business and how it affects yours with the finest collection of news, views and interviews. Professional Beauty also offers insurance.

IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists)


We are accredited with the IICT.

IICT is a peak professional body for the natural health industry. Boasting the largest modality list in all the world, you can be sure that if you practice it, they cover it. Now with 6,000+ members world-wide, IICT is leading the way by providing their members with an international qualification for professional affiliation in the natural therapies industry.

The IICT is not an Association. They provide a flexible membership platform without the need of joining Associations for each modality practiced. The IICT offers a credible and cost effective alternative for all Complementary Therapists who wish to operate under a collective banner for the natural health industry. Whether you have gained your qualifications overseas or have completed short courses, all credible qualifications are considered for membership.



Our courses are endorsed by Balens.  Balens offer insurance to our students.

Insurance prices with Balens for our students – Holistic Therapies Training – HTT

Westminster Indemnity

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Our courses are endorsed by Westminster Indemnity.  Westminster Indemnity offer insurance to our students.



Our courses are endorsed by Towergate.  Towergate offer insurance to our students.



A VRQ (vocationally related qualification) is nationally and internationally recognised. The examining body is called The VTCT (Vocational Training & Charitable Trust).



VTCT-LOGO-BLACK_AND_WHITEVTCT is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications (VRQs). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom.

A work related / hands on qualification that focuses on employment skills for you. They have been developed by the industry for the industry and is a collection of units which gives you the full skills required to work within the industry.

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