VTCT launch new Infection Prevention qualifications


Specialist awarding and assessment organisation VTCT has introduced a series of new Infection Prevention qualifications.
The six regulated qualifications will become a pre-requisite on all VTCT and ITEC qualifications from 1st August 2020 onwards. The organisation explains that they have been created specifically to “help embed best practice and assist with building the confidence of both our centres, learners and their clients on how to “return back” safely.”

Each qualification will allow learners to develop knowledge on the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, the importance of social responsibility and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

VTCT has drawn upon a wide variety of reference materials applicable to personal services businesses including from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national authorities in the UK and around the world. They have also considered experiences from its international activities in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore which have seen the reopening of businesses since the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Infection Prevention for Hairdressing and Barbering Services will be the first to launch, with registration available from Wednesday 10th June 2020.

Additional qualifications to follow include:

  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Beauty Therapy and Nail Services
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Make-up Services
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Retail Services

Alan Woods OBE, VTCT's chief executive, comments: “We take our responsibility to the sector very seriously and are looking to help engender our centres, learners and their clients with the confidence that as things open up their safety will remain paramount.” 

For more information, visit www.vtct.org.uk

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