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Mrs.Clooney

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May I have some advice please geeks?

As some of you know, I am currently studying Aesthetic Beauty Therapy at college which will give me a CIBTAC Diploma on qualifying. The college offers Body Therapy which I plan to do next year, but I am unsure of whether to opt for the CIBTAC qualification at the same college (Champneys) or ITEC at the local Watford college, which I have heard is a very good course.

Both are recognized international diplomas, but differ in the following ways: The Champneys course is £3000 plus on a Thursday and Friday for 8 months and I can incorporate aromatherapy/Indian Head Massage with it.

ITEC is about £500 for once a week for a few hours in the evening over a year. A friend of mine has done the ITEC Body after completing the Champneys Aesthetics and she said the ITEC course was very good.

What experience have you had with either and what are your recommendations please?
 

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from what i remeber cibtac is an internationally recognised qualification, but then again so is itec.. (be warned it isnt recognised in america, canada etc.. )
i was going to do cibta but it was so much more expensive and the itec had the same course content , so went with itec, the itec sylabus is very indepth the a&p is very thorough and at time it drove me mad but am really glad i did it ,
i would say if you arnt going to be working abroad then go with the itec, but its up to you hun , you do which you feel is the best one for yourself ,
sorry not much help i know , :lol:
 

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from what i remeber cibtac is an internationally recognised qualification, but then again so is itec.. (be warned it isnt recognised in america, canada etc.. )
i was going to do cibta but it was so much more expensive and the itec had the same course content , so went with itec, the itec sylabus is very indepth the a&p is very thorough and at time it drove me mad but am really glad i did it ,
i would say if you arnt going to be working abroad then go with the itec, but its up to you hun , you do which you feel is the best one for yourself ,
sorry not much help i know , :lol:
Thanks Dee. I'm bumping this up though because I feel certain many other geeks must be able to offer their opinions. Please.
 

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from my experience doing cibtac/cidesco it is very thougher BUT i learnt galvanic, G5, and faradic in detail which I personally think is a little dated, as none of the salons I worked at used these machines!!! I still hate galvanic to this day!! They briefly covered wraps and exfoliation but not in any detail and I feel this is something that should DEFINATLY be covered in detail.

Hows the course going? do you have lee?!

I have no experience of the other one.

HTH

Becki xxx
 

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I trained with ITEC as a Beauty specialist - they are very thorough and I would recommend them it's an international qualification - I learnt loads through them the syllabus was hard I found. Hth's
 

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Hi! I did the CIBTAC course and I feel that it was great and very thorough. However, I too feel that the course included treatments that were quite dated and thought other treatments (e.g tanning, body wraps, indian head massage) would have been more useful. I don't have any experience of ITEC so can't really tell you much about that! Good luck! xx
 

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At moo doing ITEC & CIBTAC. Have completed the beauty specialist and am going onto beauty therapist with both.

Both are worldwide reconized (don't no about America / Canada though?), In Ireland alot of the salons want CIBTAC - our teacher feels that CIBTAC is very outdated - syllubus and questions and marking etc, but she definately feels that ITEC is leading ahead with advancing techniques.

I do agree with the electrical machines i.e. facial and body that most salons are not using these, although if you have the qualification in them, the newer methods are usually a follow on and takes minimum training.

The A&P is ITEC is tough but if you get your head down, u'll get through it.

Hope this helps, sometimes you need to go with your gut, checkout the syllubus and exactly what is going to be covered before you make your mind up.

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Hi,

I qualified as an ITEC beauty specialist and thought the course was very good. The a & p bit was very tough but I do feel that I have a proper qualification and have been abe to identify certain conditions on clients that I never would have known about otherwise. However, I do have a critisisim regarding how the waxing was taught. I have only found out myself through this site and others that using oil can be used as a lipid barrier and that the new generation of hot wax can be used on the face and is gentler than strip wax etc etc. This was drummed into us a definate no no at the academy so I dont think that they are always up to date with new techniques and products. I guess there's always going to be someting about any course that isn't 100% spot on but I do think that any course provider should stay up to date to make sure they're sending us away having had the best possible training. Hope this helps and good luck with your training!
 

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Hey,

I did ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO and I had to do all the machines (galvanic, faradic etc) for all of the exam boards :oS. Although ITEC was in depth, CIBTAC was notoriously harder and the fac that you don't get your exam model meant you had to think more on your toes and really tested your knowledge. CIBTAC seem to be harder to get than ITEC so I would have said go for that over ITEC, but in terms of cost I would say ITEC. Both are great qualifications and will set you up well.

Like has been said - A&P is hard for ITEC! Having said that it's also hard for CIBTAC, who also word things in a very weird way..!

All in all and by the sounds of your situation (and cost!) I would go for ITEC.

Hope this helps!
 

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Hi there,
to Mrs Clooney-
I trained in both ITEC & CIBTAC, then CIDESCO. These are all international qualifications, they are all hard but one should suit someone. The curriculum for both are very much the same, so I would look at the time commitment & financial to help with your decision.
The Knowledge & underatanding needed for either is very in depth but is someting I am greatful now.

to others, this may help
The machines do seem out dated in the training but the basic knowledge is what is used within professional treatments.
Galvanic & Faradic are used within the Ionithermie treatment.
Galvanic & High frequency is used in Guinot facials.
To be able to understand these treatments fully it is best to have knowledge of the basic elements.
When you qualify & then go on to train in a particular skin care house then the understading how the treatments work should be easier then ables you to convey the benefits & effects to your clients.

hope this helps a little xxxx
 

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I have no experience with CIBTAC, but I am currently working towards my Beauty specialist course with ITEC. I qualified from the body therapy term in june. Our college decided to withdraw the body eletricals part of the course as they seen it to be too dated, and instead we completed a spa therapy diploma. It was the hardest six months of my life, we had to do 79 case studies, (50 spa, 9 indian head, and 20 holistic massage) and the anatomy and physiology was one of the hardest things iv ever had to get my head round, but when i got my certificates i knew that i was not only qualified, but to an excellent standard, and felt confident about going into the industry to work as a therapist.
I'd recommend ITEC, but I also have no experience with CIBTAC.
I hope this helps a little
 

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