Frequently Asked Questions about the ACACIA BEAUTY ACADEMY


Do I get a recognised Beauty Qualification?

Yes the Acacia Beauty Academy is recognised by VTCT as a centre for the delivery and assessment of professional qualifications. When you complete an approved course to the satisfaction of the Acacia Beauty Academy assessors we will award you with a VTCT Beauty Therapy Qualification, this is a Government approved awarding body offering NVQs, SVQs & VRQs qualifications.


How long are the courses?

This depends on what course you choose to do and will be discussed when we talk over your specific requirement and expectations. Courses can be designed to run as day or evening courses to fit around your work / lifestyle. Courses can be a mix of one to one or group sessions The length of each course programme also depends on the subject(s).


When do you run these courses?

Acacia have various courses starting throughout the year, our web site shows when the next programmed courses are due to start.


Where is the Acacia Beauty Academy?

Acacia have a dedicated training centre in a rural location close to the heart of the New Forest, on a quiet farm estate off the main road from Lymington , Travel to the New Forest Water Gardens and we are just next door (Google SO41 0JH). We have adequate parking right outside and a bus from the local Railway station stops at the end of the drive leading to our centre - making it very easy to get here!


I want to train as a fully qualified beauty therapist but my circumstances mean I can’t fully commit, how can you help me?

You can build your qualification in units, qualifying in single treatments as you go along. This way you will be able to complete one short course and then when you are ready complete another to build up your qualification. We are very happy to put an individual learning plan in place for you, so you can train in the most popular skills first and start earning money straight away.


What is difference between City & Guilds, ITEC, CIBTAC and VTCT ?

To answer the question simply ......... Nothing!

Under new legislation all HABIA and the Awarding Organisations for NVQ type qualifications offer the same credit value, same course content, same GLH and same purpose. Therefore each qualification using these criteria shoudl be exactly the same for each Awarding Organisation.

What is the difference between the Acacia Beauty Academy and a traditional College of Further Education?

Acacia run short intensive courses, with small classes, enabling the students to complete theory packages in home time. FE Colleges complete these courses in mainly full time classes with large numbers of students that need direction in behaviour and work completion.


How will I be assessed?

Acacia operate a system of continual assessment in both theoretical and practical aspects, monitoring your progression throughout your course; assessments take place in our beauty therapy salons


What equipment will I need to purchase?

Like all training facilities it is an Acacia requirement for the purposes of Health & Safety and the industry Codes of Practice to wear the appropriate uniform for your course, tunic/polo shirt, trousers, suitable foot wear.

You maybe required to purchase course kits if it is listed on the course details. You must agree with Acacia on the products to be used in the kit so that the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazard to Health) requirements can be met. You will need a kit to practice, home practice is essential to develop your skills.


Are the courses insurable?

All approved VTCT courses are fully insurable by all the leading beauty therapy insurance companies. Student insurance is also available so you can start working on clients at home as you are learning. We will offer you detailed advice during your induction programme.


Do I have to take an exam at the end of the course?

Yes, you will be required to complete a mandatory written question paper (this may now be online) you will also be required to complete assignments and case studies at home to build up your portfolio. The Papers are often multiple choice. Your final practical assessments will be taken at Acacia Beauty Academy.


What if I am not ready to take my practical assessments on the date set?

Don’t worry, we will give you an assessment date but if you are not ready at that time and need further practice we will re-set your date and give you the guidance you need.


What if I have nowhere to practice my treatments and complete my case studies?

At Acacia we have the facility where you can hire out a treatment space on a hourly cost basis.


What if I have no clients to practice on?

Acacia can frequently help to arrange models for you who will come to the Centre where you can hire out the working/therapy area. Many students enjoy this as they then have professionals on hand to answer any questions if needed.  


What if I complete my course and don’t feel experienced enough to work on my own initially?

Acacia run charity events in which newly qualified students can take part gaining valuable experience, as a professional beauty salon the Acacia Wellness & Beauty Centre frequently employ therapists to give them the necessary experience under the watchful eye of working professionals


So why should I chose the Acacia Beauty Academy?

At the Acacia Beauty Academy we are passionate about the beauty industry and the quality of training you will receive reflects our commitment to you and the industry. You will leave us with confidence, ready for the next stage in your career knowing you have been trained by the very best!


What happens after I qualify, do Acacia keep me up to date in the industry?

Acacia is an active member of various professional and trade associations including;-

HABIA        (Hair & Beauty Industry Association),

BABTAC    (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology)

FHT            (Federation of Holistic Therapists)

Our membership ensures we maintain the highest professional standards throughout our working practices in the Academy and our salons. Where appropriate these associations will approve the various Continuing Professional Development courses we offer all Acacia trained therapists, keeping you informed and up to date with all new ideas, products and treatments.


What do I do now?

The first thing you need to do is contact Pauline Crates who is the Acacia Beauty Academy “Director of Education”. As she is frequently “in the classroom” the best way to make the initial contact is by e-mail to or phone 01590 645547, Pauline will then arrange to meet you and talk over your requirements and guide you through the next stage of developing your career in the Beauty Industry.


……….. and finally!

Thank you for your interest in the Acacia Beauty Academy and we look forward to a mutually beneficial future in our industry!

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