At Cosmetic Courses, we’re well-known for training doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in aesthetic techniques.
But several of our courses are also suitable for beauty therapists looking to broaden their skills and become fully fledged aestheticians.
Fleur Nicholls (pictured left) started her working life as a beauty therapist, before furthering her training in aesthetics. She now works as a self-employed aesthetician at our sister company Aurora Skin Clinics and a sessional trainer here at Cosmetic Courses. Here she talks about her career.
How did you start out in beauty therapy?
I qualified from Champneys Tring in 1994 as a beauty therapist with Credits in CIBTAC and CIDESCO, and landed my first job in a salon in Beaconsfield. I gained bags of experience in various different treatments and skin care ranges, and eventually got promoted to a managerial role. That lasted almost 7 years until December 2001, when I decided it was time to do the hard work for myself and set up my own business!
Did you enjoy working for yourself?
It was great fun. I had a little premises attached to a hairdressing salon in Beaconsfield old town, and helping my clients gave me a real passion for treating skin problems and conditions. I’d had my own struggle with acne over the years, and I made it my business to learn as much as I could. I’d regularly go along to talks from skin companies and dermatologists to improve my knowledge.
While I loved running the business, I’d always wanted to teach. So armed with my new knowledge, I went back to college and got my City and Guilds teacher training qualification. After that I split my time between working in my salon and acting as a sessional tutor until 2008, when I decided it was time for another change!
How did you move into aesthetics?
I’d reached a point where I wanted to branch out in a different direction in my industry. I was excited by the idea of learning more advanced techniques – specifically anti-ageing treatments.
It just so happened I was approached by Aurora Clinics, who were looking to bring in an aesthetician to develop the skin rejuvenation side of the business. Cosmetic Courses trained me in advanced skin peel techniques, clinical depth micro-needling and fractionated radiofrequency procedures.
How’s your career now? Would you recommend the move to aesthetics?
I now specialise in skin rejuvenation at Aurora, offering advanced treatments and providing expert advice on skin care regimes. I feel I’ve finally found my forte!
Every day is different now, which keeps things interesting. I work closely with the medical practitioners, which has given me an in-depth understanding of other non-surgical treatments, and I’ve also started assisting with the surgical clinics.
In 2009 I also started working as a trainer for Cosmetic Courses, which I really enjoy, and gives me another great string to my bow.
I feel I’ve finally brought my two interests together – treatment and teaching – and with the addition of the surgical side too, I’ve now found a career that has all the variety and flexibility I was looking for.
To any beauty therapists thinking of branching out and training in aesthetics, I’d definitely recommend it. You’ll have lots more options available to you, and be able to make the most of any exciting opportunities that come your way. Go for it!
About beauty therapist training at Cosmetic Courses
Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s most established aesthetic training provider.
Over the last 12 years, we’ve trained hundreds of beauty therapists looking to offer more high-end treatments, including skin peels, microdermabrasion and Dermaroller microneedling.
Our accredited beauty therapist training courses are suitable for those who have completed NVQ Level 3 and are seeking further training to become an aesthetician. All courses can be completed in one day and take place at fully equipped aesthetic clinics around the UK.
Our friendly trainers will take you through the techniques at a pace you feel comfortable with, combining theory with plenty of hands-on practice to leave you feeling confident to perform the treatments by the end of the course.
You’ll be given lots of of support along the way and encouraged to ask any questions you have throughout the session. You’ll also get plenty of advice regarding setting up your aesthetic business or integrating these new techniques into your clinic.
For more information on our beauty therapist training courses, including dates and prices, visit our website. You can also contact us on 01844 390110 or email email@example.com.