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"Learn the rules like a PRO, so you can break them like an ARTIST" 
The Pout Cosmetics team are proud Makeup Academy graduates and have a huge respect for our industry, especially it's educational institutions and professionals. However, as with any industry, there are always rogues that create hazards for potential students. Aspiring artists often ask us what they should look for in a makeup education and we want to help them navigate through the sea of unfortunate youtube tutorials and 'FAKE-UP" courses that are out there.
What makes a good make-up school? There are lots of important factors to consider, including coursework, instructors and student services. When you look at what a school offers, it’s a good idea to think about where you want your new skills to take you once you graduate. And how will a particular school’s programs and staff help you achieve your goals?
One of the first things to consider is whether the school you’re interested in is operating according to education laws. If it isn’t, BUYER BEWARE. Prospective students may want to start out by contacting school administrators and asking whether the school is licensed and/or accredited. Ask for a RTO number (Registered Training Organisation) Why are licensing and accreditation important? To better themselves, schools have to meet quality standards, so accreditation helps to insure more compliance and more quality. Schools that are licensed and/or accredited are obligated to provide proof when they’re asked for it. Practically speaking, a licensed school has proved that it is financially sound, its physical space is suitable for teaching, its instructors are qualified and its curriculum is sound. If a school is not accredited, you can’t be sure it will be there when you’re ready to start. This way, you know they're above board. It provides consumer protection to students. 
There are some INCREDIBLE ARTISTS in our industry who have decades of experience, long established businesses and the passion to share and retain the standard of education within the makeup industry. So when they put together vocational programs to share their expertise, their teachings are truely invaluable. Although their courses and workshops may not be part of a Registered Training Organisation, they are the exception to the rule.
However, many of the same questions apply when looking at these options also.
If the trainers are not educated or experienced themselves - RUN!!! This comes down to the basics of hygiene and OHS standards that cannot be taught without the appropriate training and could put your own safety and the safety of your clients in jeopardy.
Wherever you decide to study, take time to find out whether the school is in good working order. Once you’ve done that, you can save yourself additional heartache by looking more closely at what it has to offer. Keep these questions in mind as you look:
1. Who are the teachers? Do they have teaching experience or certification? Are they currently working in the industry? How much personal attention do students get?

2. What does the curriculum include? Which courses fit which needs? How much hands-on instruction is included? For example; if the course outline includes fashion, photography or media components, you should be applying makeup for these in context - not just on paper!

3. Does the school provide a kit and if so, what’s in it? Are the products safe to use and registered with NICNAS? Are the brands endorsing the course and the use of their products in the kit?

4. What is the physical space like? Is it crowded or roomy? If there is a lab where chemicals are used, is it ventilated? Are there Material Safety Data Sheets posted, or published procedures for handling materials and equipment? What kind of supervision and/or safety instruction is provided?

5. What are the hours of instruction, and how many hours must be completed to graduate? What are the attendance and grade policies?

6. What student services does the school offer? Are financial or housing aid available?

7. Is the school in a safe location and accessible by public transportation?

8. What do graduates receive? A diploma/certificate/license? What are the differences among these—what do they qualify an artist to do, and where?

9. Is there a career services department? Help with job placements? On the job training? 

10. What are the school’s graduates doing now? Are they available to speak about the school?

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