Your Training Questions Answered

Just completed 3 day practitioner training course with Debra Robson-Lawrence, I really enjoyed myself, very professional course, the training is second to none, Debra works to a high standard and expects perfection, I hope to one day go on to be as good as she is.
Amanda McAvoy, Student - The Academy of Semi Permanent Make-Up

What is the course duration?

Pre-study students are provided with the entire Micropigmentation Practitioner curriculum on audio links. The links contain discussions, question and answer sessions, and are recorded live at our Academy to create a sense of reality and involvement.

In addtition you will be sent an extensive, thoroughly researched training manual to prepare for coursework, then progress to the 3-day Theory and Practical Assessment. The intensive training programme is conducted by Debra with no more than two students per tutorial and covers everything from creative design techniques to identifying skin tones and your health and safety obligations. Finally students are assessed for competence in providing a safe working environment, excellent client management skills and practical demonstration of high treatments standards.

What are the entry criteria?

Preferably employed within the health and beauty industry, or gained experience within a medical related industry.

Will I need insurance?

Short answer yes, if you are including permanent cosmetics in an existing beauty or medical establishment, you will need to incorporate with your public and employers liability insurance. Sole traders should also consider professional malpractice insurance. Everyone must also obtain a special treatment licence from your local council.

How soon after I have graduated can I start to work?

Straight away, the benefits of training with Debra Robson LDN are, the ongoing technical support, access to business marketing literature, discount from future training courses, and product supplies, and additional business coaching to assist you to grow your business profitably.

Where is the training venue?

We bring the Harley Street training to you, from our experience we have found that students prefer to train in the comfort and surrounds of their clinic, this gives direct access into their future permanent cosmetic clients and immediately builds interest. We can also if required train clients in Harley Street by prior arrangement.

What is the market worth?

In 2012 a survey by beauty analysts Mintel clamied that, British women are the glamour queens of Europe, spending more on make-had risen by 40 per cent in the past five years to more than £1bn, overtaking the formerly highest spending women, the French.

The forecasts predict that this trend will continue despite the global recession.

Joan Holleran, Director of Research at Mintel, notes that "many women have a deep emotional tie to their appearance, so cosmetics are a non-negotiable. These women may trade down on other purchases or forgo expensive vacations, but they will still treat themselves to small, feel-good luxuries like make-up and beauty products."

I have trained elsewhere, but I still lack confidence. Can you help?

This is a common question because many of our competitors will train upwards of 8 students per course. This approach we believe devalues the individual learning experience of students therefore missing out on essential learning points.

Debra and the training day were excellent, I fully recommend the course to anyone.
Elizabeth, Banbridge

What are your financial arrangements?

We request a 50% deposit when booking the course, then the balance is payable 30 days prior to the comencement of the course.

We can accept all the major credit and debit cards and BACS transfer. Currently we do not offer any payment plans, but we are reviewing this for the future.

How many models are required to complete the training?

In total 9 models are required for the purposes of the Foundation training course. 3 are required for the eyebrow technique, 3 for the eyeliner , and 3 for the lips. Assistance may be requested from the student to provide the models however this is chargeable. Please call the office for more information.

Cost benefit analysis: How much money can I earn?

A full course outline, cost of the Micropigmentation Practitioner Course, products and equipment requirements are all available via download. Statistics for SMS Ltd, show a year on year increase in demand for SPMU treatments by 30% up until September 2011. - We undertake on average 14 procedures daily in our Harley Street clinic. If you charged £350 for a eyebrow client and treated 2 clients per week . You would comfortably pay for the Foundation Course within 4 months, and have financial investment to successfully market and advertise your business.

What qualification or diploma will I receive on completion?

You will be awarded a training diploma once you have satisfied the training assessor that you meet the stringent standards. The qualification is recognised by the Local Councils and the insurance industry in the United kingdom. International students would need to check the creteria in the country of residence.

Please note that the industry is unregulated, however the Health and Safety executive provide guidelines on safe working practices and recommendations that you should adopt.

What trade associations can I join after training?

There are currently no official trade associations in the UK. However many practitioners are members of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals or The American Academy of Micropigmentation.

What are the course dates?

All course dates and availability will be published and updated continually on the website.

What are the benefits of training with Specialist Make-up Services Limited?

  • The opportunity to learn the latest High definition techniques including FAME® The benefit of 25 years in the beauty/medical aesthetic industry experience
  • Exciting new career and business opportunities for salon owners and medical professionals
  • Comprehensive theoretical pre-study material, that is both fascinating and wide ranging underpinned by in clinic practical assessments
  • Personal and group tuition on your premises or in the Harley Street clinic
  • The foremost safety and hygiene standards known within the industry
  • Precision Plus Micropigmentation System (The device carries the EN46001 European Medical Standards Certification)
  • Access to our Liquid Perfection® pigments
  • Support with starting your own business, and introducing semi permanent make-up into an existing clinic
  • Advertising, brand usage opportunities and ongoing technical support
  • 10% discount on all treatments, products purchased and advanced courses
  • A Specialist Make up Services Diploma recognised by all of the leading UK insurers