VTCT to launch new Infection Prevention Qualifications for re-opening

Next Wednesday (June 10), awarding and assessment body VTCT is set to release six new regulated Infection Prevention Qualifications, which will become a prerequisite on all VTCT and ITEC qualifications from August 1 onwards.

In a statement, VTCT said that these new qualifications have been introduced to “help embed best practice and assist with building the confidence of both our centres, learners and their clients on how to ‘return back’ safely.” 

The new courses will detail the causes, transmission and effects of coronavirus, as well as the importance of social responsibility and methods to control the transmission through hand hygiene and PPE, helping to protect both themselves, staff memmbers and clients upon reopening.

When creating these qualifications, VTCT drew on reference materials provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), national authorities in the UK and around the world, and the company’s own experiences with Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, where businesses have begun the reopening process.

The new VTCT qualifications are as listed below:

1. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Hairdressing and Barbering Services

2. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Beauty Therapy and Nail Services

3. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage

4. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Make-up Services

5. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions

6. VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Retail Services

“We take our responsibility to the sector very seriously and are looking to help engender our centres, learners and their clients with the confidence that as things open up their safety will remain paramount,” comments Alan Woods OCE, chief executive for VTCT.


For more coronavirus advice, check our Coronavirus Support Guide to help navigate your salon or spa business through these uncertain times.