The Guild of Beauty Therapists is the largest professional beauty trade body in the UK & insurer of therapists & salons. Guild Accredited (GTi) Courses have been written by industry experts & meet the required National Occupational Standards (NOS). Fully accredited & accepted by all the main insurance providers, receive a £25 discount on membership & insurance with The Guild upon completion of your course. Join their Professional Register(s) to attract new clients & demonstrate dedication to professional standards. All GTi and Guild Accredited training courses are certified for CPD purposes. Each course is awarded the appropriate number of CPD points.
The Guild Accredited GTi courses are highly popular as they combine the flexibility of online study with expert practical classroom training. Attend your practical training with The Beauty Academy (usually 1 or 2 days) at the training centre most convenient for you. Receive access to The Guild GTi Body Massage online course where you can access the beautifully written theory to the course, accompanied by images, video clips and a voice-over. Upon completion of the online theory modules, you will receive a PDF manual which you can refer back to. All of the theory is completed online with full online support available. Upon completion, you receive your certificate direct from The Guild.
Our Spa Body Massage training teaches you the most common (and effective) type of massage currently offered by holistic therapists. You will learn both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to be able to competently perform this treatment to meet the needs of a range of clients, providing both affordable Express Body Massage treatments for time-pressed clients and also luxurious and deeply therapeutic Spa Full Body Massage treatments tailored to your client’s specific treatment needs. Practical training is completed within 2 days and will teach you a full body routine that can be adapted to be completed within 25-45 minutes or extended to up to 75 minutes to include the face and scalp, depending on the client’s individual therapeutic needs.
- The Guild of Beauty Therapists is the largest professional beauty trade body in the UK & insurer of therapists & salons. They have been established for over 20 years. They are well known and recognised by industry professionals and employers.
- Guild Accredited (GTi) Courses have been written by industry experts & meet the required National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Only the highest quality training providers are accepted for accredited by The Guild demonstrating you’ve received industry leading training
- Fully accredited & accepted by all the main insurance providers, receive a £25 discount on membership & insurance with The Guild upon completion of your course. Join their Professional Register(s) to attract new clients & demonstrate dedication to professional standards
- All GTi and Guild Accredited training courses are certified for CPD purposes. Each course is awarded the appropriate number of CPD points. Many insurers & employers insist staff complete a minimum number of CPD hours each year to maintain their professional qualifications.
The Guild Accredited GTi courses are highly popular as they combine the flexibility of online study with expert practical classroom training. Attend your practical training with The Beauty Academy (usually 1 or 2 days) at the training centre most convenient for you. Receive access to The Guild GTi online course where you can access the beautifully written theory to the course, accompanied by images, video clips and a voice-over. Upon completion of the online theory modules, you will receive a PDF manual which you can refer back to. All of the theory is completed online with full online support available. Upon completion, you receive your certificate direct from The Guild which you can use to purchase Associate membership and insurance with The Guild. You cannot purchase this without fully completing your GTi course.
Suitable for complete beginners or indeed existing therapists looking to learn treatment skills but also have a good understanding of industry best practice in regards to health, safety plus physiology and anatomy relevant to those treatments. The Guild Accredited courses are widely recognised and valued within the industry and upon completion will enable you to gain insurance to work from home or mobile (or to add those treatments to an existing salon insurance).
Guild Accredited Courses carry points for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for existing therapists and those teaching within beauty therapy. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It is often required by employers within training or salons to maintain professional status, insurance and ensure best practice standards are upheld.
When enrolling for a Guild Accredited training course, you will book to attend a day (or two, depending on course) of practical training with The Beauty Academy. During practical training you will learn the skills to deliver the treatments to industry standards. Upon completion of the training day(s), you will receive The Beauty Academy diploma.
You will also be sent an ‘activation’ email providing you access to the online learning platform provided by The Guild through which you will have access to extensive learning resources including manuals, images, videos and audio. You will work through the online learning at your own pace, supported fully online as needed.
In order to activate your access to the online learning materials, you must join The Guild as a GTi Student member for which there is an additional cost of £25 paid directly to The Guild online when prompted through your ‘activation’ email. This student membership lasts for 3 months. As part of this GTi Guild Student Membership, you will also be enrolled for the GTi Professional Standards online course for FREE (usually £49)! This covers the basic requirements of health and safety, legislation, hygiene and sanitation, personal appearance, consultations, professional ethics etc. This must be completed to be able to complete your Guild Accredited course but is only required once so if you enrol for further GTi courses, you will not need to repeat this. Upon completion you receive a Guild Accredited certificate for this as an additional qualification to add to your CV.
There are no exams, no assessment days for Guild Accredited courses. You simply attend your face to face training day(s) then work through The Guild GTi course materials entirely online at your own pace. While The Guild recommend you practice your treatments at home following training, there are no case studies required to be submitted and therefore you do not have to have any products or tools at home to complete this course.
Upon completion of your Guild Accredited course (face to face training and online learning), you will receive a PDF certificate from The Guild demonstrating your Guild Accredited course completion. You will need the Guild certificate specifically, if you wish to apply for Associate membership and full therapist insurance (to begin working with clients), for which you will be offered a £25 discount from The Guild. Alternatively, you can obtain insurance with your chosen insurer as The Beauty Academy courses are also recognised by other leading insurers.
You have up to 12 months to complete your online learning with The Guild, however should you wish to enrol for further GTi Guild Accredited courses once your initial GTi Student membership has expired (after 3 months), you will need to purchase a further membership from The Guild for £25. The GTi Professional Standards course is only provided with your first student membership and only needs to be completed once.
You will need to be able to attend 1 (or 2 days, depending on course) of face to face training at one of our 9 training centres. You can opt for a training date of your choosing at the centre most convenient for you.
You will need access to a suitable device such as pc, laptop, tablet etc. that is connected to the internet in order to access The Guild’s online learning platform to complete the theory aspects of your learning. Mobile phones are not optimally compatible so alternative devices are recommended. This learning can be completed anytime, anywhere convenient to you, at your own pace. Fully supported online as needed.
You will need to purchase Guild GTi Student Membership at an additional cost of £25 to access The Guild online learning platform. This includes a FREE GTi Professional Standards Course (usually £49) and also allows you to receive a £25 discount when upgrading to full Associate Membership and insurance with The Guild upon completion of your course (where the course is completed in full prior to your 3 month student membership expiring). Completion of the GTi Professional Standards course is mandatory to achieve your Guild Accredited course certificate, but is only completed once so is not required again if you opt to enrol for further Guild Accredited courses in future.
You complete the theory entirely online through The Guild online learning platform. There are no formal exams, no assessment days and no case studies required (although we do recommend you practice at home). No kits are included in the course fees. However, you do not need any products or kits to complete these courses, although we recommend these to help build up your confidence at home and will be required to begin delivering your treatments to clients once insured.
Upon attendance of the practical training day(s), you will receive The Beauty Academy diploma which is accredited by Associated Beauty Therapists (ABT) allowing you to get insured with a range of insurers and purchase from professional wholesale suppliers.
Upon completion of the Guild GTi (online) course, you will receive a further certificate issued by The Guild which is your Guild Accredited certificate*. You will specifically require the Guild certificate if you wish to gain insurance with The Guild directly and/or to apply for Associate Membership.
*Please note the exact title of the course given on the GTi Guild Accredited certificate may vary from that given on The Beauty Academy diploma. The Beauty Academy diploma is our in-house certificate recognising your achievement on the practical training day(s) attended, whereas the Guild certificate for the GTi aspect of the course. We are unable to make any changes to the certificates provided or format of such. However it will fundamentally cover you to deliver the same treatments and techniques. The title to be given on your Guild certificate(s) will match that showing for your enrolled GTi courses when you login to the Guild portal system.
You can select a training date convenient for you, at your preferred training centre. Training is available at least once per month at all of our 9 centres.
You will receive an ‘activation’ email where you will need to sign up for Guild GTi Student Membership and can then begin accessing the online learning platform to start learning the theory aspects. You will need to complete the GTi Professional Standards Course first, followed by the relevant Guild GTi treatment specific course upon which you enrol as guided within their online learning platform. GTi Student membership lasts for 3 months and they recommend students complete their course within this time frame (including face to face training day(s) and online learning). Where completed within 3 months, you can receive a £25 discount on upgrading to full Associate Membership and insurance to start working with clients.
Students can take up to 12 months to complete their Guild Accredited course(s) in full, however once GTi Student Membership expires after 3 months, you would need to purchase a further student membership at £25 (or full membership with insurance) to enrol for any further Guild Accredited GTi training courses.
- Gain an industry recognised, accredited certificate
- Fully supported, fast track & flexible learning
- Benefit from high quality face to face training combined with comprehensive online study materials
- No assessment days, no examinations, no case studies required.
- Simply attend the practical training day(s) & then work through the theory online at your own pace
- FREE GTi Course in Professional Standards (worth £49) when you enrol for GTi Student membership (£25) with The Guild
- Receive £25 discount when upgrading to Therapists’ insurance & Associate membership with The Guild upon completion of your course (if completed within 3 months from enrolment)
- Quick, convenient & fast way to begin earning
- Counts towards CPD (for career development)
Upon successful completion of this course (including practical training and completion of theory work through the GTi Guild Student Portal) you will be awarded 39 CPD points which will automatically be uploaded into your CPD Diary on the GTi (The Guild of Beauty Therapists) website for your reference.
- FREE GTi Professional Standards Course*
- Health, safety & hygiene
- Consultation techniques
- Practical tuition on performing Swedish Body Massage
- Massage movements and modifications
- Express Body Massage routine covering legs, arms, back, neck & shoulders using massage oil
- Figure analysis
- Calculating BMI
- Advanced massage movements
- Using different massage mediums
- Spa Body Massage routine covering legs, arms, back, neck, shoulders & abdomen; incorporating the face and scalp
- Aftercare advice
*Guild GTi Professional Standards (online only) course when you sign up for the required Guild GTi Student Membership. Must be completed to achieve the Guild Accredited Certificate (completion only required once, for first Guild GTi course only).
The Guild Accredited GTi courses are highly popular as they combine the flexibility of online study with expert practical classroom training. Attend your practical training with The Beauty Academy at the training centre most convenient for you.
The practical training for this course is structured over two days and each runs from 10am – 4pm. We ask students to arrive at 9.45am to ensure a prompt start. You will learn the basic theory of the treatment firstly, and spend the majority of the first and second day practising your practical skills, with a short break for lunch. You will be required to give and receive body massage treatments as part of this course, working with other students.
You will also receive access to The Guild GTi Body Massage online course where you can access the beautifully written theory to the course, accompanied by images, video clips and a voice-over. Upon completion of the online theory modules, you will receive a PDF manual which you can refer back to. All of the theory is completed online with full online support available. Upon completion, you receive your certificate direct from The Guild. Please note: You will require Guild GTi Student Membership which is £25 (if full Guild Associate membership is not already held) to access The Guild Online learning platform to complete this course. See the FAQs above for more details.
Our friendly, expert Advisors are on hand to answer any questions & assist you in booking your place over the telephone*. Call on Freephone 0800 999 2277
Alternatively, most of our courses can be booked online 24/7, using our secure payment system.
- Simply choose your venue and date
- Click the add to basket button
- Then complete the secure, online checkout
*Payment in full at time of booking online or by telephone allows you to select your training days at your preferred training centre in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Deko Finance (Payment Plan) is available on all bookings over £299. To enquire, simply click ‘Apply for Payment Plan’ on the right-hand side or give us a call to learn more.
1. Payment in full using Credit / Debit
By making payment in full, you can secure your course place and enjoy the greatest flexibility to book all of your training days at your preferred training centre, in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Book securely online 24/7, or call our friendly Advisors by book by phone.
2. Deko Finance (Payment Plan) for courses over £299
Our Deko Finance option is available on all courses, diploma course packages and VTCT qualifications over £299. You have three options – to make repayments either over 12, 24, or 36 months at only 9.9%, all with just a 20% deposit.
A very important point regarding finance options: Many of our students are fairly young and may not have taken out finance before; perhaps they are living with mum/dad or boyfriend/partner and have not had their own name on an electoral roll for at least 3 years. Now, although it may seem a bit harsh it is very true that all finance companies will view your application very critically if any of the above is true. A way around this is to increase your deposit to say 40% but this needs to be done at the outset and not after you have been rejected.
If you feel that any of the above does apply to you then please just have a word with one of our Course Advisors before making an application.
The Deko finance option allows you book and attend your chosen courses with us while making affordable, monthly repayments to spread the cost. You don’t need to wait to book training sessions, you can complete all training as you wish, selecting from our available scheduled dates without delay. This is a great payment choice for those who desire the flexibility to manage studying around work commitments / childcare or even wish to complete their award as soon as possible; but who need the option to spread the cost into more affordable payments, over a longer term.
You can increase your deposit to reduce your payments and you can pay off early if you wish. No hidden fees or charges. The scheme is subject to the usual credit checks etc.
Using a variety of both basic and advanced massage movements, you will learn how to perform a professional body massage that works to stimulate circulation, promotes relaxation and keeps muscle tissue more supple. Acupressure points will be incorporated in the massage routine which will help with many common ailments (such as stress, fatigue, muscle pain and aches) and encourage healing in the body. During a pre-treatment consultation, you will be shown how to adapt your massage to suit the needs for a range of clients of all ages, including use of a range of massage mediums. The treatment is most effective when received on a regular basis, enticing your clients to return for regular bookings, establishing a continuous source of income. Following the course, you will have learnt the techniques to confidently provide very effective holistic treatments on an Express Body Massage and luxurious Spa Full Body Massage treatment basis. As a professional massage therapist working from home and mobile, you can expect to earn up to £50 an hour so these are certainly lucrative skills to learn.
Guild Accreditation has additional advantages in that you will receive a widely known industry recognised certificate which carries CPD points, is accepted by all leading insurers but also allows you to gain Associate membership and insurance with The Guild. You can also join The Guild Professional Register(s) to connect with other industry professionals and also attract potential clients in your area seeking a highly qualified therapist for beauty services. You must complete both the practical training day AND the GTi Guild Gel Polish course (online study) to achieve your Guild Accredited certificate.
Our diploma courses are suitable for complete beginners and do not require any prior learning to be able to train with us; many of our students are not yet beauty trained and are looking to start up a business in the industry. We welcome students of all abilities, whether you are looking to learn a new skill from scratch or currently working as a therapist and looking to refresh your knowledge of particular treatments. As Guild Accredited courses also carry CPD points, they are ideal for existing therapists or those teaching within beauty to further develop their knowledge and skills while maintaining their professional status.
You will give and receive body massage treatments as part of this course. Students work upon each other so no models are required. Training sessions can be mixed sex depending on bookings made, however privacy screens are used to ensure all student discretion. Should you require to attend a training day with same-sex students only in attendance e.g. for religious reasons, please contact us before booking so we can look at the best training date for you.
All products and tools are provided for the training days at the centre when you attend. No kit is required to complete the training days, nor included in the course fee. On the training days, you only need to bring a hand and bath towel for your personal use, completed enrolment form and cold food for your lunch (e.g. sandwich/salad). Tea & coffee are provided. You will receive The Beauty Academy diploma upon completion of the practical training days.
There are no formal exams, no assessment days and no case studies required to achieve your Guild Accredited certificate (although it is recommended that you practice to develop your confidence beyond training). Simply all the benefits of blending high quality face to face training with access to a wealth of online learning resources through The Guild online learning platform. You will need access to a suitable device (laptop, pc or tablet) with internet connection to complete the online theory aspects of the course, in order to achieve The Guild accredited certificate. See FAQs above for more information about the course structure.
We are so proud at The Beauty Academy to work with such a professional, passionate and friendly team of tutors, all of which hold a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in their specialised sector. Our tutors are also all qualified with either Level 4 PTTLS or equivalent teaching awards in education, with years of experience in beauty-related professional industries. Furthermore, our tutors who are involved in the assessment process all hold an Assessors Award.
We pride ourselves on the welcoming nature of our tutors and their ability to engage, educate and enrich students from all ages and backgrounds. All of our tutors are dedicated to maintaining their knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest treatments and techniques in the ever-changing industry.
When you have successfully completed your training course(s), you will receive a diploma certificate by email issued by The Beauty Academy and accredited by ABT. This not only demonstrates your commitment to the training, but also allows you to obtain Public Liability insurance so you can start offering treatments to paying clients from home or mobile should you wish.
Upon completion of the theory aspects (completed through The Guild online learning platform), you will also receive The Guild Accredited certificate issued as a PDF direct from The Guild. You can purchase a hard copy of The Guild certificate directly through them for a cost of £15. You can then obtain Associate Membership & insurance with The Guild, with a £25 discount for those who complete their courses within 3 months of enrolment and upgrade their Guild GTi Student Membership.
Once you have completed the practical training days, you will receive a certificate by email issued by The Beauty Academy and accredited by ABT recognising your achievement of the practical aspects. Upon completion of the theory aspects (completed online through The Guild online learning platform), you will then receive a PDF certificate issued directly by The Guild for your Guild Accredited Course allowing you to gain insurance with The Guild (or any other leading insurance provider) to begin working with paying clients, offering your treatment services. See the FAQs above for more information on the course structure.
Completion of a Guild Accredited Course allows you to obtain Associate Membership and insurance with The Guild. Where you complete your Guild Accredited course in full within 3 months of enrolment, you are eligible to upgrade your Guild GTi Student Membership to Associate Membership with insurance and receive a £25 discount. This is purchased directly from The Guild.
Alternatively, you can obtain insurance from most other leading insurance providers. The Beauty Academy offers a discounted insurance scheme with Balens; a Specialist Insurance Brokers aimed at Health and Well-Being Professionals, offering both Therapist and Student Therapist insurance for those who train with us. To learn more about the Balens insurance scheme, please click here.
All of our diploma courses enable you to work from both home and mobile offering the specialised treatment(s) that you have completed. You can start earning by offering treatments to paying clients as soon as you have obtained your insurance.
The Guild Accredited courses also carry CPD points so are ideal for existing therapists and those teaching within Beauty wishing to further or refresh their treatment skills to maintain their professional status, update their skills in line with industry best practice, maintain eligibility for insurance and also update their CV and credentials.
We offer high-quality ABT accredited training with experienced tutors, professional equipment and a great atmosphere to train in. Our training centres are well-equipped, within easy reach of public transport and regularly inspected by the awarding body (VTCT) which we provide qualifications through; to ensure we are giving you the best service for your money. We pride ourselves on working with only qualified and industry experienced tutors who are friendly, welcoming and happy to go the extra mile to deliver the very best student experience possible.
All courses are run as smaller groups than most other providers, allowing plenty of opportunity to ask questions or seek further support if required. Our training centres are permanent and exclusive to us and they are always set-up ready to begin your training. All centres have the very latest equipment and products required to adhere to industry standards. We also provide free and unlimited on-going access to our Support Team who are available to answer queries or provide guidance within any aspect of your course with us, contactable on either email or telephone.
Once you have completed your diploma course, you have the opportunity to further your skills by completing additional training. You can complete our other Holistic Body Treatment Courses, which will enhance the services that you can offer your clients as a massage therapist.
You may consider completing a VTCT qualification in massage to further your career opportunities within this industry. To learn more about the qualifications that we offer, please click here.