candidates frequently asked questions
At CIBTAC we do our best to assist and support you by pre-empting your queries but if you want to ask something we haven’t thought of please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between an NVQ and a CIBTAC qualification?
The fundamental differences between CIBTAC courses and NVQs are:
An NVQ is an on-going assessment with exercises to complete as you are going along. CIBTAC has detailed theory and practical examination at the end of each course which enables you to showcase your skills across a variety of treatments.
The examination process ensures all CIBTAC Graduates are well-trained, have the knowledge to safely carry out treatments independently and have the understanding and expertise to start adding their own flair to treatments as soon as they start working.
An NVQ traditionally refers to National Vocational Qualification. If you wish to work outside of the UK you do need to be aware that not all NVQs are accepted internationally, it depend on the awarding body and some are accepted in some countries and not others. CIBTAC has worked with many Governments internationally to develop our qualifications to meet all their standards as well as the UK standards. We are officially accepted in 26 countries currently and the list is constantly being added to and reviewed.
I am currently in Asia and I am looking to do some training over here to become qualified in massage, Thai and Deep Tissue. If I do a course over here, will I be able to become insured in the UK when I return home?
We offer a high standard of qualifications globally, that are recognised and insurable in the UK. Our sister company BABTAC offers comprehensive insurance as part of our membership package. Sometimes insurance is also based on prerequisites required, for instance if you were doing a qualification in Nail Technologies you may need a manicure qualification.
What's the difference between awards, certficates and diplomas?
Credits are awarded for the number of hours of training. One Credit is approximately 10 hours of training.
Any qualification with up to 13 credits.
Any qualification with 13 to 37 credits.
Any qualification with over 37 credits.
what do examiners look for during a practical exam?
We pride ourselves on providing a rigorous examination process that ensures successful Candidates will be recognised as having achieved a truly respected qualification. CIBTAC is held in high regard by employers and will open opportunities for you within the health and beauty industry.
During your theory examination the Examiner will talk you through how to complete your personal Candidate Identity Number, please make sure you bring your number with you to the exam. It’s a good idea to practice this beforehand to help alleviate any nervousness on the day. Remember also to bring a couple of sharpened pencils and a rubber.
The practical exam should be seen as an opportunity to demonstrate to the Examiner how good you are as a therapist and gives you the chance to show off your skills. You can find out what the Examiner is looking for in the relevant qualification overview where you will see the marks awarded for each and every aspect.
The Examiner will also ask you a few questions about your treatment so it’s a good idea to practice with your class mates.