Frequently Asked Questions 

 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 so are fully insurable.  

Where does training take place?

  • Cumbria - holistic courses in Whitehaven, CA28 7ES
  • Edinburgh/Fife - Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8XX - near Edinburgh - beauty and holistic therapy courses
  • Glasgow - holistic and beauty courses at G14 9UI 
  • Hull - Hessle, HU13 9HJ - beauty, nail technician & holistic therapy courses
  • Isle of Wight PO38 2NX - beauty, nail technician and holistic courses
  • Lincoln LN6 8NS - holistic therapy courses.
  • Newcastle - Tyne & Wear - NE30 2DF - holistic courses
  • Norfolk - Indigo Beauty Therapy, Norwich NR5 0PN - holistic and beauty courses
  • North East-Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0BS - holistic and beauty courses
  • North West - Bolton BL1 5GQ - 30 minutes from Manchester, beauty & holistic therapy courses
  • South Yorkshire - A Gentle Touch, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 8LH -  holistic and beauty therapy courses
  • Swindon - Holistic Touch Boutique, SN25 1SY - beauty and holistic courses
  • West Sussex - Sompting, near Worthing and Brighton BN15 9UG - beauty and holistic therapy courses
  • York - beauty and holistic therapy training courses at Tranquillity, Acomb, York, YO24 3JE.

Can I practise professionally when I have trained with Amethyst? 

  • Yes, all courses run by Amethyst are accredited by the Professional Beauty Guild, Guild of Holistic Therapists 
  • The Beauty Guild will insure all courses run by Amethyst and by quoting our own unique number (below) you will get £10 discount on your membership and insurance fee.
  • Other insurance companies will recognise our courses but it is the it is the responsibility of the student to check with their own insurance provider.  

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 one day courses start at 10.00 am, some start a little earlier, please refer to your confirmation email or check with your tutor.   
  • 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.
  • Half day courses eg Lash & Brow Treatments start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm (unless arranged otherwise with your tutor).  

Do I need to bring anything with me?

  • For most courses everything is provided for your course - products, towels, oils etc.  
  • You will receive a comprehensive manual containing all the theory and routine for the treatment you are learning. 
  • For Nail Technician courses, Lash Extensions, Lash Perm and Lash & Brow Treatment courses you will need to purchase and bring a kit with you.  Please check with your tutor before attending the course.
  • If you are studying Swedish Massage, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy or Reflexology you will need to provide a copy of your certificate in Anatomy & Physiology (or equivalent).
  • If you are studying Hot Stone Massage you will need to bring your certificateprovide a copy of your certificate in body 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.  
  • If you are doing a refresher course, you will need to bring a model, your original treatment routine and your certificate/s in the treatment/s you are refreshing.
  • For courses in Inch Loss Body Wrap, Make Up Application and Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions you will also need to bring a model.
  • If the course is 1:1, it will still run but you will need to bring a model.

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 especially for massage courses. 
  • 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?

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 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 and successful students will be sent their certificate by Head Office a few days after their course. Please allow 7-10 days for your certificate to arrive. 
  • Occasionally a student may not pass.  In this situation, case studies will be set and re-assessment arranged.  There will be an extra charge for this.

Will you come to my salon to train therapists?

  • Most 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.