Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3C7 GLH: 151 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/7625/8 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 18

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020


The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 151 GLH.

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Cosmetic Camouflage is a vocational qualification aimed at learners aged 16+ who want to study this subject on a part time basis.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although it is likely that learners will hold associated level 2 or 3 equivalent qualifications in similar or complementary subjects.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Cosmetic Camouflage is to prepare you to enter the beauty or healthcare sector as a specialist make-up artist, with the specific skill of providing camouflage make-up services to conceal skin irregularities or abnormalities which have traumatic, congenital or dermatological origins. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the role of a specialist make-up artist and are directly related to cosmetic camouflage services which are carried out by both NHS employed specialist make-up artists and independent cosmetic camouflage specialists.

What does this qualification cover?

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Cosmetic Camouflage is a vocationally related qualification that will prepare you to provide cosmetic camouflage services to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to provide services for clients.

This is a vocationally related qualification and includes all the required elements to develop your practical skills. The four mandatory units include the practical and theoretical knowledge required to provide camouflage make-up services and monitoring and maintaining health and safety practices in the salon, to ensure all treatments are carried out with health and safety of yourself and your client, as a priority. The two remaining mandatory units provide the wider skills required to be a successful therapist of client care and communication in beauty-related industries and promote and sell products and services. Both of these units address the need for a successful therapist to understand the importance of retail and client care.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This is one of two qualifications in cosmetic camouflage at level 3. Whilst both qualifications will qualify you to become a make-up artist specialising in cosmetic camouflage, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients. In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Award in Specialist Skin Camouflage is a single unit award and requires you to work in a commercial setting whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for role as a specialist make-up artist (cosmetic camouflage) in the beauty or healthcare sector. On successful completion of this qualification you could progress directly into employment in a variety of context, which include:
- Beauty salons
- National Health Service (NHS)
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home based settings
- Charity sector
- Tattoo parlours
- Product distribution and training

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification has been reviewed by The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) who have confirmed that this qualification is fit for purpose and will enable learners to undertake the specific job role of specialist cosmetic camouflage make-up artist within the beauty or healthcare sectors. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 18 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30409 D/601/4355 Camouflage make-up 3 7 60
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
UV30468 T/601/4457 Client care and communication in beauty-related industries 3 3 28
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Barnsley College 01226 216710 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Rotherham College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
True Beauty Academy 01924 609876 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Stylush +91 9872310269 Visit website India
BLUSH ACADEMY +27 (0)11 763 7667 Visit website South Africa
Face to Face Potchefstroom +27 18 290 8520 Visit website South Africa