I think some of you guys in the US were horrified at the type of question that i was asking - but let me explain a bit more.
In the UK, there is basically no regulation at all for natural therapists, massage therapists or beauty therapists. The terms chiropodist, chiropractor, physiotherapist and osteopath are protected terms and you must take a certain high grade of course, but the rest are not. Certain therapies or treatments have some restrictions on them - acupuncture, laser treatments, ear piercing, electroysis etc where the skin is pierced.
There are many people who might have done a 6-week course and can call themselves massage therapists or beauty therapists. You are supposed to only practice if you are insured, although there are those that don't. Your training must only be sufficient to satisfy the insurer. There is no requirement for professional development or membership of a pro association (although an association may require it's therapists to undertake continuing training).
Any beauty therapist can do one day courses and say that they offer massage, reflexology etc. This would probably be enough for them to gain insurance.
There is no single standard qualification or association. There are NVQs, CIBTACs, VCTCs, ITECs, CIDESCO and any of a host of qualifications from private colleges, some of which are good and some which aren't.
I think it's fair to say that the general level of qualifications is nowhere near the standard that is expected in some? all? of the US. It's actually quite hard to find that type of training.
What do you make of this?