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This section contains National Occupation Standards for Hairdressing at Levels 1, 2 and 3. All documents are PDFs and are free to download.

Glossary

Level 1

NVQ Level 1 Hairdressing and Barbering Qualification Structure
NVQ Level 1 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Qualification Structure

SVQ Level 1 Hairdressing and Barbering Qualification Structure

Level 1 Service Times

Mandatory
G20 Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (HSS 1)
G3 Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
GH1 Shampoo and condition hair
GH3 Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas

Optional
G2 Assist with salon reception duties
GH2 Blow dry hair
GH4 Assist with hair colour services
GH5 Assist with perming hair services
GH6 Plait and twist hair using basic techniques
GH7 Remove hair extensions
GB1 Assist with shaving services

Level 2
NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification Structure
NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing Combined Hair Type Qualification Structure

SVQ Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification Structure
SVQ Level 2 Hairdressing Combined Hair Type Qualification Structure

Level 2 Service Times


Mandatory

G20 Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (HSS1)
G17 Give clients a positive impression of yourself and your organisation (ICS Unit 9)
G7 Advise and consult with clients
GH8 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
GH9 Change hair colour
GH10 Style and finish hair
GH11 Set and dress hair
GH12 Cut hair using basic techniques

Optional

G4 Fulfil salon reception duties
G18 Promote additional services or products to clients (ICS Unit 10)
G8 Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
GH13 Plait and twist hair
GH14 Perm and neutralise hair
GH15 Attach hair to enhance a style

Level 3

NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Qualification Structure
NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Combined Hair Types Qualification Structure

SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Qualification Structure
SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Combined Hair Types Qualification Structure

Level 3 Service Times

Mandatory

G22 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations (New HSS 3)
G18 Promote additional services or products to clients (ICS Unit 10)
G21 Provide hairdressing consultation services
GH16 Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

Optional - Option Group 1

GH17 Colour hair using a variety of techniques
GH18 Provide colour correction services
GH19 Creatively style and dress hair
GH20 Creatively dress long hair
GH21 Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills
GH22 Create a variety of permed effects
GH23 Provide creative hair extension services
GH24 Provide specialist consultation services for hair and scalp conditions
GH25 Provide specialist hair and scalp treatments

Optional - Option Group 2

G11 Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
G19 Support client service improvements (ICS Unit 37)
H32 Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities