About the International Beauty & Hair Academy

Welcome to the International Beauty and Hair Academy; an international training academy designed to meet industry needs, offering the highest level of qualifications in the world of beauty, spa and hairdressing training and helping therapists achieve their aspirations. You can read our  company policies and procedures here.

The history of IBHA

IBHA was founded in 2014 by Julie Speed and Debbie Moore, salon directors of Cedars Health & Beauty Centre. Established in 1986, Cedars is an award-winning salon offering the most progressive beauty therapies and advanced treatments.

Having worked with many industry professionals over the years, both nationally and internationally, Julie and Debbie wanted to raise the profile of beauty and holistic training to meet international standards, thus IBHA was born.

The academy offers a unique training school at the forefront of the industry and delivers a variety of career options and business development opportunities. Learners can benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of the IBHA tutors before embarking on their chosen careers.

We have specifically chosen the following awarding bodies:


Vocational Training and Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a specialist awarding body that has been at the forefront of market-leading vocational qualifications for over 40 years. Its courses, taught in over 2000 approved centres globally, provide unitised learning and give a flexible approach for those who want to work towards a qualification.

Founded in 1973, International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) provides leading international qualifications, specialising in beauty and spa therapy and complementary therapies. The ITEC syllabus is the result of 40 years experience and offers a rigorous examination process that encourages learners to hone their skills to perfection for the end of course exam.

Just starting out...

IBHA combines a state of the art training school environment with a real working salon to give you commercial competence and internationally-recognised professional qualifications. This ensures that you are trained to the highest standards and are salon-ready, too.

Our experienced tutors deliver training over and above the required standards and curriculum. All courses are accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (OFQUAL) and specially designed to meet National Occupational Standards.

From introductory level awards to advanced certificates and diplomas, our qualifications will increase your employment options and allow you to reach your full potential in the beauty and spa industry.

Or looking to upskill?

We can offer bespoke training plans that are ideal for beauty therapy graduates looking to refresh their skills, enhance their treatment menus or specialise in a specific area.

We can also design unique programmes for employers who want to develop the skills of their beauty therapy team. Our programmes can be tailored to incorporate your own product ranges and treatment styles if applicable.

Whether your goal is to increase retail sales, acquire a new skill, build a cohesive team of therapists or refresh your knowlegde, our hands-on tutors will work with you on your specific areas of interest to futureproof your business.

What our graduates say

"I have really enjoyed studying my Level 3 Beauty Therapy course at IBHA. Our teachers Sam, Jodi and Debbie have been excellent and all have years of industry experience. The course is very detailed and I feel confident about going out and using my skills; it has also been great having the girls downstairs in the salon to mentor us too! IBHA also has the best CPD options and additional courses with industry leaders like Nouveau Lashes and Decleor. I'm so glad I chose to study here and will miss it lots when I graduate. Thank you so much." August 2017