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Become a Foot Health Professional

We, The SMAE Institute, have been training individuals in Foot Care to excellence for over 96 years, with our qualified practitioners successfully setting up their own practice/clinics in the private foot care field.

Foot Health Professional (FHP)Today, the Foot Health Professional keeps peoples feet healthy and gives advice on day to day foot care to ensure they are well kept into old age. As people are living longer today, more care is required to keep them healthy and comfortable. The conditions that a Foot Health Professional would treat include corns, calluses, warts and fungal infection. FHP’s are also expected to carefully trim nails and prevent nail problems developing.

Be your own boss! Our Students come from across the world, at various stages in life and with a variety of backgrounds. One does not require any previous medical knowledge to be successful on our course; we have had receptionists, builders, and even professional beer tasters complete our Diploma and go on to create a successful business as a Foot Health Professional. One great advantage of becoming a Foot Health Professional is that you can decide on what hours you do working around family and life commitments. So if you dislike early mornings, or wish to work out of "office hours" you can as it is completely up to you!

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Why Choose The SMAE Institute?

Progressive and forward-looking, The Smae Institute is the original Foot Health Institute (established in 1919) and are creating new careers every day.

We are the only University Credit Rated Foot Health Course in the UK. Our course is Credit Rated by Queen Margaret University and carries 60 Higher Education Credits at Level 4. We are the only Institute whom offer an FHP Diploma at this level. Our Diploma is equivalent to half of the first year of an undergraduate degree program. We offer unbeatable support to our Students when studying with us, whom have access to our dedicated Tutor Chat 7 days a week (including bank holidays) to discuss any queries they have with their studies.

Come and visit us! We hold Open Days multiple times each month (both weekdays and weekends) to allow anyone interested in studying our Diploma to come along and view our unbeatable facilities, meet the Staff and Tutors, view our modern Clinic where Students undertake their Clinical Training, and meet current Students on their Clinical Training. The Open Day also includes an in-depth discussion of the FHP course, allows one to view sample modules and ask any questions one may have. Please click here for more information about upcoming Open Days.

Your Success is Our Success

"Great course and really pleased I chose the SMAE Institute! Really pleased with the quality of the books we were sent to study from, and the speed at which everything arrived!"
J. Phillips

"Even though it is distance learning I feel that you are not far away for help or even a chat. I like the fact that you have photos on the site as it feels like you are talking to real people, which is reassuring!"
J. Cole

"The Clinical practice has been an amazing experience and the Tutors were fabulous. So, so helpful and everyone wants to see you succeed so it is extremely motivating and uplifting. You will all enjoy!"

About The Course

The SMAE Institute

Over the last 96 years The SMAE Institute has continued to expand and evolve, benefiting both our Students and Members, and we don’t intend to stop!

Our second brand new state-of-the art Clinic and Lecture Theatre is soon to be finished! Watch this space...

The SMAE Institute

Since 1919

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