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What A Non-Accredited Course Could Mean For You

What A Non-Accredited Course Could Mean For You? Brighton Holistics

What A Non-Accredited Course Could Mean For You? There are hundreds of courses around at the moment. Some are accredited but many are not. Often, the unaccredited courses are significantly cheaper, attracting many students. However, there are some things to be aware of before committing to an unaccredited course.

The Risks Of Unaccredited Courses

It is important for students to be aware that by taking an unaccredited course, the end qualification may not meet the requirements set by employers or insurers. This could make it very difficult to find paid work and public liability insurance.

The problem with an unaccredited course is that there is no quality control. Governing bodies cannot assess or guide training schools if they do not apply for accreditation. Moreover, some of these schools charge the same fees as accredited schools, making it very unfair on the student (who sometimes, is unaware of the importance of accreditation and what it could mean for their future).

Unaccredited courses are creating a bad name for the complimentary therapy industry – as many therapists working today do not meet the qualification requirements set by national governing bodies. As a result, clients are left with little faith in the industry.

In short, an accredited course means that students know they are receiving quality education. It allows for vast employment opportunities and good public liability insurance, meaning clients are kept safe and satisfied with the high quality treatments on offer.

Sadly we can’t list any accrediting bodies for legal reasons, so we recommend you check what the accrediting body is for the course you are interested in. Here at Brighton Holistics, we work with FHT (a national governing body), as they have the highest standards for accreditation within the industry. You can always give FHT a call on 023 8062 4350 or drop us an email if you need any help or advice.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Complementary Therapy School

Introduction to body massage Brighton Holistics, Sussex Questions to Ask When Choosing a complementary Therapy School

Complementary Therapy is a highly rewarding practice. However, trudging through Google, trying to find the right training school can be hard work. We’ve listed some things to consider when choosing a Complementary Therapy Training School.

– Don’t be scared to get in touch to introduce yourself. Their reply will give you a feel for their culture and whether it matches your values.

– Look at the course testimonials. This may answer any questions you have. Visit their FAQ’s page too.

– Check to make sure that the course is accredited by a recognised governing body (for example, FHT, VCTC or ITEC). This is important and validates the qualification.

– Look at the about page on their website to see how many years they have been running. This might determine which school you choose.

– Read up about who will be teaching your course and what experience or qualifications they have.

– Email the school to ask about their pass rate / exam results. Schools will usually be very happy to provide you with this information.

– Email to ask if there are any graduates or alumni you could get in touch with. Hearing their reviews and experiences can be very helpful.

– Make sure the school’s terms and conditions work for you. Some schools require full payment upon enrolment, whilst others offer payment plans.

You are likely to have further questions, however, the key is to begin talking to your school of interest. You are choosing who you spend your money and a lot of time with, so make sure you are happy with the qualification and level of services the school is offering.

If you visit the school ask to see their testimonials. If they have nothing to hide they will be happy to show you the original documents.

You can always contact Brighton Holistics by click Here or contact FHT ( to check your course is accredited.

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The Pros & Cons of Enrolling In An Online Therapy Course

The Pros & Cons of Enrolling In An Online Therapy Course Brighton Holistics

High quality online education is now highly accessible. Deciding whether to invest in an online course can be confusing. So, we’ve listed a few pros and cons that could help you decide which route to take.


In today’s world, all you need is a computer and some electrical power. Learning can take place in any environment or time zone. For very busy individuals, online courses can make education more accessible.

Price Differences

Many online training courses offer a low price, due to the fact that they do not need a physical premise. This can be very attractive to many individuals, as it makes education more affordable.

Despite the obvious positives of online education, sadly there are also some negatives…

In Reality, It Just Doesn’t Work

There are hundreds of online massage courses out there, which do not include practical tutorials. Without a tutor present, how can a student learn to apply massage techniques safely? Nevertheless, there are some courses that work well online, such as Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology or Health and Safety.

Lack Of Contact Hours

An accredited, practical course requires “contact hours” – where the tutor and students must meet to cover the practical elements of the training. Online courses that are not accredited or that do not meet the ational standard make it very difficult for therapists to find work and / or insurance to cover them.

Industry Standard

The therapy industry has very clear guidelines that need to be followed. These guidelines are called The National Occupational Standard (NOS) and the Core Curriculum. They list very clearly what each course should entail in regards to content and guided learning hours. The NOS states that a hands-on treatment cannot be taught via an online course these include Body or Sports Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy etc. .

You can always contact Brighton Holistics by click Here or contact FHT ( to check your course is accredited.