About us and Testimonials

With over 30 years of experience, the Cosmetic Consultants Beauty Training School offers a wide range of beauty therapy training courses taught in a professional and friendly environment. Situated in West Bridgford we are just 2 miles from Nottingham city centre and train station. East Midlands airport is just over 12 miles away.

Our courses are aimed at both beginners and qualified therapists wishing to extend their range of skills with new innovative treatments. All courses are nationally and internationally recognised and accredited for insurance purposes and government licensing where necessary.

Here at Cosmetic Consultants you can be assured that you will be working in a completely professional environment and, with our highly qualified experienced teachers, you really are learning from the best. You will be provided with the appropriate equipment needed to undertake your course and all training manuals are included to optimise your learning. When you have succesfully completed the course you will receive an internationally recognised Diploma in your chosen subject. With these short and intensive courses learning a new skill has never been easier. All models are provided for practical work where possible to allow you to spend all of your time focussed on completing your course.

Who We Are:

All of our Tutors are fully qualified teachers with many years experience in intensive teaching methods. They have their own specialty subjects which they not only teach, but also practice in the beauty or complementary therapy field.

Merriel J Tiffen- I.H.B.C, I.B.S.D, City & Guilds A.E. Teach Cert. (Dist), M.G.B.T - PRINCIPAL TUTOR

Lauren Askham- I.B.S.D, Cert Ed, ITEC, M.G.B.T

Sonia Waterfall – I.B.S.D, I.T.E.C, B.S.C.T, M.G.B.T , Cert Ed

Kate Smith -  I.B.S.D, V.T.C.T., P.T.L.L.S., A.E. Teach Cert.

Selina Hubbard – I.B.S.D, City & Guilds, P.T.L.L.S., A.E. Teach Cert.

Jean Pollard - I.B.S.D, I.T.E.C, C.I.B.T.A.C, City & Guilds, Cert Ed, M.I.H.P, M.G.B.T

Rachel Coates - I.B.S.D, BTEC, M.G.B.T - Manager & Training Co-Ordinator

Courses Available:

Manicure & Pedicure Stage 1, Manicure Stage 2, Pedicure Stage 2, UV Gel & Acrylic Nail Extensions, Nail Art, UV Gel Polish Nail Art, Combined Nail Course, Individual Lash Extensions, 3D / Russian Lash Extensions, Flare Cluster Lash Extensions, Lash Specialist, Lash & Brow Tinting, Lash Root Lifting & Semi- Permanent Mascara & Tinting, Eyebrow Enhancement with Threading (or as seperate courses), Skincare & Facials, Advanced Skincare & Facials, Facial Electrical Equipment: Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent (Non- Surgical Facelifting), High-Frequency, Facial Galvanic, Swedish Body Massage, Bamboo No Hands Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage,Stone Therapy Massage, G5 Vibro-Massage, Inch-loss Body Wrap Treatments, Hopi Ear Candles, Indian Head Massage, Warm Waxing, Advanced Hot Waxing – Brazilian & Hollywood Intimate Waxing, Advanced Electrolysis & Refresher, Red Vein & Skin Tag Removal, Mole & Wart removal, Professional Make-Up Stages 1 & 2, Ear Piercing, Spray Tanning,

Course Durations:

½ Day - 4 Week Intensive

Course Content:

Includes all materials, products and equipment, back-up notes, FREE post-course help and advice.


I did the Advanced Epilation course with Merriel which was fabulous. The training was excellent and I had plenty ofpractical experience covering a wide range of treatments.I purchased the machine and sundries and left feeling well prepared and ready to practice. So, two days later I have treated my first leg red-veins with great success. Many thanks for a great course.

Jurgita Vasiakina, Beauty Therapist

I would like to say thank you to my trainer Kate Smith for giving me positive knowledge, experience and advice during the Semi-permanent Eyelash Extension course. Thank you Rachel as well for your positive attitude, advice when I really need it and, of course, for the warm welcome, always with a cup of coffee - thank you too.

Clare Barkway Smyth - The Health & Vitality Clinic

I love this place and have learned so much on each course i've done, which has enabled me to set up my own business. The tutors are so experienced and helpful and the shop has everything you need. Thanks Rachel & everyone else at Cosmetic Consultants! XX

Yvonne Tuckley - Beauty Therapist, Nailcraft

Had an absolutely wonderful experience at Cosmetic Consultants today retraining in gel extensions after 10 years! Tutor was so lovely, attentive and knowledgeable - I feel really confident to get going already! I have booked another course for 2 weeks time - and eyeing up two others to do this year. Thank you so much! X

Beth Victoria - Beauty Therapist, BW Creations

Did the two day makeup course and was soimpressed with it! Thanks guys, you've all been fab. X

Kate Walsh - Make-up Artist

Amazing facial and for a great price! Merriel was really friendly and happy to explain everything in detail. Would definately recommend! X

Shanni Rafferty

'Just a little note to say a HUGE thank you to Rachel and to Merriel for a fantastic day's training. I absolutely loved it and feel very inspired and it has given me a huge confidence boost to get going with these treatments. I thought Merriel was fantastic - a really well paced training session, with plenty of interaction and lots of really good models. A thoroughly enjoyable day and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.Well done and many thanks again.'

Diane Shorleson - Beauty Therapist Aesthetic Practitioner / Electrologist

'The service provided by Cosmetic Consultants is beyond amazing! The Professional Make-Up National Diploma was excellent and it surpassed all my expectations. The tutor was extremely caring and attentive to each student, explaining each step clearly and thoroughly! So helpful and knowledgeable! We will definitely come back for another training experience... Thank you very much for a very nice training Cosmetic Consultants!'

Natasha D - Beauty Therapist

'I undertook an advanced epilation training course last year. The course was superb and delivered to a high professional standard. All of the team are friendly, approachable and efficient. I cannot fault it.The aftercare and continued support in treating clients provided by Merriel I have found extremely helpful in continuing to raise my skill set and confidence.Thank you.'

Diane Sheridan - Registered Nurse and Foot Health Practitioner

'Cosmetic Consultants are a small company always on the end of the phone if help is needed - they have always got me out of a jam at work when I have ran out of something and a client is due in. Training is always to a high standard and offer a wide range to suit our needs, a very