What Qualifications Do I Need To Teach Hairdressing?

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Overview

So you want to teach hairdressing or maybe open your own hairdressing training academy?

At the Axiom Dynamics training academy we are here to help you achieve your potential and get you qualified in the education and assessing courses you will need to fulfil your ambition.

The great thing about teaching is that you can choose the hours you work. If you open your own academy, the advantage is you are in control of the courses you teach. You can decide on a broad range of skills to teach or focus on a few specialist subjects. You can also choose whether to open your academy to external students or keep it only for in-house training. Opening your academy to external students has many advantages, for example, attracting a wider range of talent and securing another revenue stream.

You will also feel a personal satisfaction as both a tutor and assessor, as you will be teaching learners about your passion and helping them further their career. This may be a brand new direction in which you plan to go, but it is one that will reward you with greater achievement and financial gain.

Becoming a tutor within this sector or setting up your hairdressing academy will require you to be adequately qualified. This guide aims to help you on your new career path, by explaining what you need to do so that you can turn the dream of teaching hairdressing or having your own hairdressing academy into a reality.

What qualifications do I need?

This may seem obvious, but you will need to make sure that you hold the relevant hairdressing qualifications in all of the subjects you want to teach; however, it is good practice to make sure that you have the highest level yourself, or at least be working towards it. 

You may know your own subject inside out and have years of experience, but the ability to convey that knowledge on to someone else, is an entirely different skill, which is why you will need to hold a teaching qualification. 

Your learner needs to leave your classroom with the knowledge to be able to implement the skills and information they have acquired from you and a teaching qualification will explain to you the best ways to go about that. It will also give you the confidence to stand in front of a class full of students and deliver your session. Below is the qualifications you will need to take the next step.

Level 3 Award In Education & Training (PTLLS) 

The first qualification you’ll need is the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS). This is an entry-level qualification which certifies that you are able to teach and train others.

This course is made up of three mandatory units:

  • Understanding the Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Understanding and using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in education and training
  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

You will also need to complete a 15 minute micro-teach on a subject, that has been chosen by yourself. 

Find out more about the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS) here.

Level 3 Certificate In Assessing Vocational Achievement Qualification (CAVA)

The second qualification you will need to achieve is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Qualification (CAVA). This qualification certifies that you are competent in the evaluation of the training and real-life work of your learners.

This course is made up of three mandatory units:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment

There are assignment questions to complete and as part of your portfolio, there must also be performance evidence for the following assessment methods:

  • observation of performance in the work environment;
  • examining products of work;
  • questioning the learner.

Find out more about the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Qualification (CAVA) here

Level 4 Award In The Internal Quality Assurance Of Assessment Processes And Practice

The third qualification you will need is the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.

This qualification certifies that you have the skills and competency to carry out internal quality assurance, which is crucial for maintaining your academys’ high standards.

This course is made up of two mandatory units:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
  • Internally assure the quality of assessment

There are assignment questions to complete and as part of your portfolio, there must also be performance evidence for the following assessment methods:

  • observation of performance in the work environment;
  • examining products of work;
  • questioning the learner
  • professional discussion
  • witness testimony

Find out more about the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice here.

What do I need to do?

Once you have registered for any of our qualifications, we will email you your unique online portfolio.  You will be required to complete this as part of the qualification, but do not worry, we will explain this to you via a video conference call, for example Zoom or Teams, and at an agreed time with yourself, so you have an understanding of what it is you need to do.

What support will I receive?

To help you complete any of our teaching or assessing qualifications, and within your portfolio, you will find PowerPoint presentations, voiceovers and tutor notes that relate to each unit. We will also send you an e-textbook(s) by author Ann Gravells and an additional e-version of our delegate pack, for whatever qualification you are studying, that includes more information, lesson notes and templates. We advise you to use these for your further reference and guidance when it comes to assessments.

Remember though, your dedicated online tutor will be on hand should you run into any difficulty while completing any of our qualifications.

Hopefully, this short explanation has given you a better understanding of what you need to do to become a tutor/ assessor within the hairdressing industry, however, should you have any further questions please do get in touch.

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