Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Amethyst?  

Where does training take place?

Why should I choose Amethyst?  

  • Amethyst Holistic Therapy Training offers fast track training to practitioner level in a wide range of holistic and beauty therapies.
  • We train small groups and individuals so training is highly personalised ensuring one to one attention not found in large classes in a college situation.  
  • Training is aimed at both students who are new to therapies and experienced therapists wishing to expand their range
  • The professional but friendly, informal setting and individual tuition ensures a high standard of training delivery
  • All courses are accredited by the Professional Beauty Guild and Guild of Holistic Therapists www.beautyguild.com so are fully insurable.  

Where does training take place?

  • Colchester venue - Walton on the Naze, Essex CO14 8ER, 30 minutes from Colchester and 45 minutes from Ipswich - beauty, nails and holistic training
  • Derbyshire - The Therapy Lounge, Hasland Road, Chesterfield, S41 OAQ  - beauty, nails and some holistic courses - near Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham
  • Edinburgh/Fife - Torryburn, Fife - near Edinburgh and Glasgow - beauty and holistic therapy courses
  • Essex - Ongar CM5 9JG, holistic and beauty therapy courses
  • Glasgow - two venues - Rutherglen G73 3PN and Airdrie ML6 8GT - holistic, nails and beauty therapy courses
  • Hull - Hessle, HU13 9HJ - beauty, nail technician & holistic therapy courses
  • Isle of Wight PO38 2NX - beauty, nail technician and holistic courses
  • Midlands - Bedworth, CV12 OGQ - holistic courses and Mani/Ped
  • North East - 2 venues - Newcastle NE3 2EF - beauty and holistic courses PLUS Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0BS - holistic and beauty courses
  • North West - Bolton BL1 5GQ - 30 minutes from Manchester, beauty & holistic therapy courses
  • South Wales - nail and beauty training, Pontypridd CF37 1EX
  • South Yorkshire - A Gentle Touch, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 8LH -  holistic and beauty therapy courses
  • Swindon - nail technician, beauty and holistic courses at Holistic Touch Boutique, Swindon SN25 1XF
  • West Sussex - Horsham, RH13 8BH - beauty and holistic therapy courses
  • York - two venues - holistic therapies at Holistic Touch, 34 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7EW and beauty therapy training courses at Tranquillity, 116 Fishergate York, North Yorkshire YO10 4BB

Can I practise professionally when I have trained with Amethyst?

I need CPD points, will Amethyst courses provide these?

  • Yes, all Amethyst courses are awarded a number of CPD points by the Guild eg the Hot Stone Therapy Diploma carries 9 CPD points.
  • Students attending Refresher Courses will receive a certificate of attendance for their CPD portfolio.  

What time do courses start and finish?

  • Most courses start at 10.00 am, some start a little earlier, please refer to your confirmation email.   
  • Please arrive by 9.55 but no earlier than 9.45 to allow time for room preparation.
  • Course finish time is usually around 4.00 but may vary. 
  • If you are the only student on the course we will finish earlier because you are practising on your model, but not practicing and swapping with another student. 
  • If there is an odd number of students in the class we may run over time.
  • Some courses are run over half a day eg Lash & Brow Treatments.  These start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm.  

Do I need to bring anything with me?

  • Everything is provided for your course - towels, oils etc.  You will receive a comprehensive manual containing all the theory and routine for the treatment you are learning. 
  • For Lash Perm and Lash & Brow Treatment courses you will need to bring your kit if you have done your patch test at home and are using a different kit to the one provided by your tutor.  Please check with your tutor before attending the course.
  • If you are studying Swedish Massage, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy or Reflexology you will need to bring your certificate in Anatomy & Physiology (or equivalent).
  • If you are studying Hot Stone Massage you will need to bring your certificate in massage.
  • Please bring a packed lunch unless your tutor has told you that lunch can be bought nearby to the venue.  Tea and coffee are provided.  

What shall I wear?

  • If you have a salon uniform you can wear that, lots of students prefer to.  If not, please wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement for giving treatments. 
  • If you have long hair this needs to be tied up. 
  • Nails should be clean, short and free of polish or extensions
  • Jewellery should be restricted to small stud earrings and a wedding band.  

I'm nervous about learning something new

  • It is normal to feel a little anxious before we do something completely new to us.  However, our tutors are all qualified teachers and are experts in their field.  They will put you at your ease and ensure that you feel comfortable in your learning. 
  • Relax and enjoy your course. 

What happens if I can't attend the course I have booked?

  • Please read Terms & Conditions
  • All payments are non-refundable. 
  • If you have to postpone your attendance you will be transferred to the next available course. 

Is there a lot of theory to learn on the course, how much is 'hands on'?

  • Amethyst courses are designed so that you learn essential theory including Health & Safety relevant to the subject and how to carry out a consultation.  This part of the day usually takes 45 minutes - 1 hour.  
  • The remainder of the day/s is practical so that you can learn your routine - this involves practising giving a treatment and unless it is a one to one you will also receive a treatment while your partner practises on you.

Is there any support after the course?

  • Your tutor will be available by email or phone if you have any questions after you have done the course.

Will I get my certificate on the day of the course?

  • The vast majority of students will pass their course
  • Successful students will be sent their certificate by Head Office a few days after their course. 
  • Occasionally a student may not pass.  In this situation, case studies will be set and re-assessment arranged.  There may be an extra charge for this.

Will you come to my salon to train therapists?

  • Amethyst tutors will travel to do in house training in your salon or therapy room.  Travel time and fuel costs will be incurred; please discuss this with your tutor.

If your question has not been answered here, please contact Amethyst.