The International Therapy Examining Council, ITEC, has revised its Diploma in Spa Treatments for a new syllabus launched this year.
The main aim of the diploma is to enable candidates to provide spa therapies such as hydrotherapy, steam, sauna and seaweed treatments. The course covers contraindications, the history of spas and spa treatments, together with an in-depth analysis of how each spa treatment can benefit a client.
Although this diploma includes a unit of professional conduct and business awareness, it is less spa management based than previously.
“This diploma is purely treatment oriented for several reasons,” said Jane Foulston, director of ITEC.“Firstly, having spoken to numerous spa owners and managers, we realised that the big shortage in spas is therapists with a wide knowledge of treatments. Spas are crying out for multi-disciplinary staff.
“The second point is that there are an awful lot of spa management companies running their own training courses and spa therapists can use these to add to their skill-set later. We are offering a post graduate qualification which enables beauty and massage therapists to add-on therapy skills they don’t have - we will accredit them with prior learning”.