ALLURE : Is a national awarding Body which is getting recognised Nationally & Internationally for our High standards of training and hands on practical experience.

ITEC – ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training and Customer Service. ITEC has been awarding high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947. It is now one of the world’s leading and most successful awarding bodies specialising in Beauty and Complementary Therapy, Sport, Fitness and Hairdressing sectors. In 2011 ITEC awarded over 38,000 Certifications in over 38 countries.


State Commissions Examinations ( Department of Education).

This is an Irish State awarding Body which recognises the skill of Hairdressers in Ireland on a Junior Trade & Senior Trade Level. These examinations are also known worldwide.

VTCT –  Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world-class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Their qualification package includes Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport, Active Health & Fitness, Hospitality, Business & Retail and Learning & Development.

With more than 800 approved centres, VTCT has an ever-expanding list of centres throughout the UK, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Kenya, India and South Africa. VTCT is a charitable organisation and its main activity as an awarding body is also its first charitable objective; to develop and provide high quality education and qualifications for the service industries.

Levels of Training. This is a common mistake with colleges and therefore deliver the wrong information. An Awarding body Level is an English Level, and Irish Level is what it is known in Ireland however if you are sitting VTCT or ITEC these are English Levels that you will be awarded with on your certificate.


To Explain Briefly :

  • A Level 2 = Will suit someone at a beginner stage or a Intermediate stage of training.
  • A Level 3 = Only suits someone already training or nearly qualified who wishes to upskill, travel, advance on to a senior stylist position/manager . In regards to Teaching or Assessing if you are not practising it you are best to start at this Level.
  • A Level 4 = Someone who is already teaching or assessing in teaching, but needs to upskill and a qualification.

Here is Aileen our IQA explaining this to learners at our recent Expert Seminar Talk with Aileen Maher on Teacher Training and assessing courses.

UK                                   Ireland

Level 1 =                          Level 3              / Junior Cert Level

Level 2 =                          Level 4             / Ordinary Level

Level 3 =                          Level 5             / Higher Level Leaving/College

Level 4 =                          Level 5/6 .       / Higher Level college/ allows you to specialise.