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New beauty academy for Doha

The Qatar International Beauty Academy will open its doors this month, charged with the task of raising therapist standards at spas and salons across the Kingdom.

The Qatar International Beauty Academy will open its doors this month, charged with the task of raising therapist standards at spas and salons across the Kingdom.The Qatar Foundation's not-for-profit Social Development Centre (SDC) has joined forces with renowned UK beauty training centre, the Yorkshire College of Beauty (YCOB), to establish the academy, which will provide training for both current and potential spa professionals to international standards.

Initially, the academy will run courses in spa, nail, make-up and hairdressing with students receiving the Qatar International Beauty Certificate.

In 2010 the college will introduce an ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council)-accredited programme, as well as a UK City & Guilds hairdressing qualification.

However, facility GM Jo Cusworth said the long-term plan was to get CIDESCO (Comité Interantional Desthétique et de Cosmetologie) accredited.

The syllabus will include a range of training options, from one- and two-day make-up courses, to eight-day foundation and advanced make-up courses.

Cusworth wants the academy to be the regional flagship and help raise standards through legislation.

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