What is the difference between an NVQ for Permanent Makeup or Microblading and a Certification… and which do I need???


As long as your training provider is good (like we are!) both routes can offer brilliant training. Alice is a qualified and experinced NVQ Assessor, but she chooses not to offer NVQ as she believes the framework doesn’t give her the freedom to teach what we would like to, and that a lot of it wastes time on written assessments that we can easily assess in alternative ways – freeing up time to ensure you are better skilled with your hands!

We still cover all the units covered in the NVQ but are able to have the freedom to add more!! We assess fully through hands on and inperson assements during your course, and with remote case studies so that you do not require an additional return for assessments.

Our courses are All Accedited and considered to be “Equivalent of Level 4”, not only that but they include online pre-study, and free lifetime support

There is no legal requirement to hold professional insurance in the UK, but do do so which is professional and ethical right, you will need a certification OR qualification to get this. Insurance companies will accept either NVQ or Accredited Certification.

Parliment is looking to regulate certain invasive treatments, including permanent makeup, but this hasn’t been discussed in parliament since 2018, and there are NO plans presently to make this a legal requirement. HOWEVER, if you are based in certain London boroughs they have made a qualification/NVQ a stipulation of your license application.

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What is An NVQ Qualification in Microblading or Permanent Makeup?

An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work-based qualification system that assesses a person’s competency and skills in a specific job role in in this case microblading or permanent makeup. NVQs are primarily offered in the United Kingdom, and they are designed to validate an individual’s ability to perform job-related tasks effectively and competently against an agreed list f tasks.

Key features of an NVQ include:

  • Work-based learning: NVQs are earned through practical work experience actually doing the role of a microblader or permanent makeup artist, under the guidance of your trainer.
  • Competency-based: Candidates are observed performing microblading and permanent makeup and must demonstrate their abilities in “real-life” work situations through case studies.
  • Units and credits: The Microblaindg or Micropigmentation NVQs are broken down into units, each representing a specific aspect of the job role.
  • Health and safety in the salon. How to carry out a safe service
  • Client care and consultation. How to carry out a competent consultation
  • Enhance appearance using microblading techniques. How to practically do the treatment
  • Anatomy and physiology for microblading techniques. Knowing the skin and how it works
  • Eyebrow shaping services. How to shape the brow effectively

(we cover all of these and MORE with our accredited course!)

Assessment process: Assessors, evaluate candidates’ performance doing the micorbladng or permanent makeup treatment. There are also written assignments to complete to show that you understand correctly.

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What is An Accredited Certification?

A certificate of accreditation is an official document issued by a recognized accrediting body or authority to validate and confirm that microblading or permanent make up training programs meets specific standards and requirements set by the accrediting body.

Accreditation is a process used more widely than the NVQ in the microblading and permanent makeup field. Rather than having a framework or list of tasks pre-agreed by a national NVQ body, accrediting bodies conduct a thorough evaluation and assessment of the academies micorblading or permanent makeup training course to determine if it meets the required criteria.

Here are some key points about accreditation and the certificate of accreditation:

  • The main purpose of accreditation is to promote quality improvement and ensure that the accredited entity meets or exceeds the minimum standards established by the accrediting body.
  • Evaluation Process: The process of accreditation typically involves a comprehensive evaluation, including on-site visits, documentation review, interviews, and assessments of the entity’s performance and adherence to specific guidelines.

We use Towergate and IPHM who are well known and respected bodies. Often accreditations are called “Equivalent of Level 4 Microblading or Micropigmentation” as they cover a similar syllabus.

So What Is The Difference?

The terms “certification” and “qualification” are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings.

Certification: (Awarding of an accredited certificate)

Definition: Certification is a process where an individual, after completing specific educational or training requirements and meeting predetermined criteria, is awarded a credential by a recognized professional organization or certifying body.

Qualification: (awarding of an NVQ)

Definition: A qualification, on the other hand, refers to a formal recognition awarded by an educational institution or a regulatory authority after the successful completion of a specific nationally recognised course of study or training program.

Both certifications and qualifications serve to enhance an individual’s credentials and employability, but they are obtained through different processes and sources. BOTH ARE ADEQUATE AND INSURABLE TRAINING FOR MICROBLADING OR PERMANENT MAKEUP