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Soap Making Business Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

The Soap Making Business Diploma Course is specifically designed to help develop both your creative talents and your business skills. The aim of the course is to lay a foundation in these two primary functions, necessary for succeeding in a craft-centred enterprise.

The first five modules concentrate on how to make soap products - looking at the different soap-making processes, the various design techniques used and what additives are generally included in soap.

The next five modules focus on the business aspect of your company. Here you will learn how to set up your business, create a brand and market and sell your products.

The course starts with an introduction to what soap is, giving you a practical definition and a little history of soap. You’ll learn the most common processes in soap making and be provided with a useful glossary of terms.

Ingredients! You need to know the specific ingredients used in making good soap. The Soap Making Business Diploma Course covers the materials you’ll be using and how to work with them safely, before going on to explaining the four most popular soap making methods among serious handmade soap-makers: the cold process, the hot process, the melt and pour method and rebatching.

You’ll learn how to get creative with the kinds of additives you can add to your soaps, including natural and synthetic scents, botanicals (such as herbs and flowers), therapeutic ingredients, and more. You will learn the different fragrance notes and how to use them in your soap creations; you will also be advised on the best botanicals to include. There are also a couple of related soap recipes for you to try out.

You’ll be guided through various techniques for adding colour – creating layers, swirls and stripes in your soap bars. You will also learn the difference between pigments, micas and natural colourants that can be found in the foods that you eat and the flowers that you grow.

With your soap making skills honed, now is the time to match your creativity with business acumen. The Soap Making Business Diploma Course guides you through creating your own feasibility study so that you can determine exactly what to expect from building and running your business and what you need to do to ensure that it grows and succeeds.

With the foundations laid, you will go on to learn how to set up your business - deciding on its structure, obtaining insurance, choosing a name, and joining industry groups and associations that will provide support as you build your business up. You’ll also learn about trademark and copyright protection and the best ways to source suppliers.

When selling a product such as soap, there are legal considerations that must be met. We take the worry out of this by guiding you step-by-step through what must be done to comply with EU cosmetic legislation, particularly when it comes to labelling your products. You’ll also learn how to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in relation to production processes and procedures, all of which is crucial in ensuring an efficient and effective business.

Branding and marketing your soap correctly is incredibly important to the success of your business. The Soap Making Business Diploma Course explains why, before guiding you through what should go into your marketing plan and the different tactics you can use.

Finally, you will learn how to price your products, find the various places that you can sell your soaps, and discover how to go about raising your profits and expanding your business.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have been introduced to the history of soap
  • Be familiar with the four most popular ways to make handmade soap
  • Understand how to use additives in soap making
  • Have an in-depth appreciation and knowledge of how to blend scent
  • Know how to use exciting layer and swirl design techniques in your soap creations
  • Have a number of recipes to start you off on your soap making journey
  • Have a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of selling soaps in the UK and EU
  • Understand the importance of creating a brand and know how to do it
  • Know how and why to write a feasibility study about your business
  • Have the tools to market your products effectively
  • Be able to price your products confidently and accurately
Soap Making Business Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Soap?
  • Part 2: Glossary of Soap-Making Terms
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Importance of Lye
  • Part 2: Soap-Making Equipment
  • Part 3: Oils in Soap Making
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Cold Process
  • Part 2: Hot Process
  • Part 3: Melt and Pour Process and Rebatching
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: How to Choose the Right Additives
  • Part 2: Blending Essential Oils
  • Part 3: Botanicals and Other Natural Additives
  • Part 4: Recipes
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Soap Colourants
  • Part 2: Natural Soap Colourants
  • Part 3: Soap Colourants: For Adding Colour Swirls
  • Part 4: Soap Layering Technique and Top Decorations
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Popularity of Handmade Soap Businesses
  • Part 2: Creating a Feasibility Study
  • Part 3: Developing a SWOT Analysis
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Deciding on a Business Structure
  • Part 2: Insurance and Trademarks
  • Part 3: Suppliers and Trade Associations
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Importance of the EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • Part 2: Safeguarding Public Health
  • Part 3: Addressing Latest Technology Advancements
  • Part 4: Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Importance of Branding
  • Part 2: Creating a Marketing Strategy
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: How to Price Your Products
  • Part 2: Where to Sell Your Soaps
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you want to run a creative business in an industry that has been around for hundreds of years but is still growing, then soap making may be for you and with this course in hand, you’ll have all the tools you need to make it a success. Not only does the Soap Making Business Diploma Course teach you how to make the best possible soap creations but also how to set up and run a viable business.

With no previous experience required in either soap making or running a business, this course could well be your first step into a new career.

Soap Making Business Diploma Course

The Soap Making Business Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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