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Thank you for your interest in becoming a VTCT approved centre.
Please complete our application form and any relevant evidence and we will respond within five days.

Become a centre

Simply fill in our Application form


Become a VTCT approved centre

In order to become a VTCT approved centre you will need to ensure that you meet our Approval Criteria and agree to terms of the Centre Agreement. As part of your Centre Approval Application, you may also need to complete a Site Approval Application and/or a Functional Skills Application. You can also download our Service Fees.

Case Study

Jo Robertson (GHD Global Head of Education)

“We chose to collaborate with VTCT as we believed in their high standards and ability to help us produce a regulated qualification. VTCT are committed to raising standards of the hairdressing industry, with the help of VTCT we believe our qualification raises the bar of hair styling.”

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How much does it cost to be an approved centre?

Applications are charged in accordance with VTCT’s published Service Fees document. The table below gives an overview of the fees for applications received on or before 31st July 2018:

Application Type Approval Visit Fee Desktop Approval Fee
Centre Approval Application £600* £600*
Site Approval Application £450* £450*
Further Sector Approval £300** £300**
Functional Skills Application From £300 (dependent on circumstance) From £300 (dependent on circumstance)

*If the centre is applying to offer qualifications across many different sectors (e.g. Hairdressing and Hospitality), VTCT may need to send in multiple people to perform an approval visit. In these cases, an increased fee of £900 may have to be charged to cover the cost of sending two people.

**FREE if centre spend exceeded £2500 in year 01.08.2016 to 31.07.17

After approval, centres will pay for learner registrations, and may also purchase resources and training from VTCT. A list of VTCT’s current qualification and service fees can be found on the Existing Centres page of this site. Centres are also required to meet VTCT’s annual minimum spend requirement as explained in the Centre Approval Application.


To make the payment for your application, please enter the name of your centre as stated on your application form, your VTCT number (if known) and the amount quoted on the VTCT application acknowledgement e-mail.

On clicking “Pay Now”, you will be redirected to a secure Paypal payment portal where you will have the option to pay using your existing Paypal account or with a debit or credit card if you are not registered with Paypal. Should you have any trouble, please contact VTCT customer services on +44 (0) 23 8068 4500.


Please note: we do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties.

Alternatively, you can pay by credit or debit card by calling +44 (0) 23 8068 4500. Please ensure you give the name of your centre as stated on your application form.

Approval Visit Report

Where VTCT need to conduct an approval visit, we will allocate a member of our team to contact you to arrange a time and date for it to take place. The approval visit will check that you meet our requirements and that you understand what is involved in the qualification delivery. An Approval Visit Report will be completed to document our findings and recommendations. The following gives the current version of the approval visit report.

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