The questions below are what are frequently asked. If you cannot find the answer to your question here and/or would like further information about the HSA please contact us. 

1. How will the HSA be funded?

VTCT are the founder sponsor of the HSA providing substantial funding and support to establish the academy, along with surplus from Habia's commercial activities. Furthermore, a range of sponsorship opportunities are available - in cash and in kind, please see the Sponsorship Opportunities page in the Partners section. 

2. Why are VTCT sponsoring the HSA?

As the specialist awarding organisation for the hair and beauty sector, VTCT decided to become the founder sponsor of the HSA as a way of reinvesting back into the hair and beauty sector, and in particular, in the educators of the next generation of stylists, nail techs and therapists. The VTCT sponsorship will cover the start-up and core costs of the HSA, with the aim of the HSA becoming self-financing for its on-going activities by its fourth year.

3. Why can't Habia fund the Skills Academy itself?

Habia does not have the funding to make the step change needed to undertake the actions highlighted by the sector in the Sector Qualifications Strategy Action Plans. In the current economic climate grant funding from Government has been significantly cut. This means that the surplus from Habia commercial activities has to be spread further and further over activities which previously might have been Government funded but now aren't, but are needed to address sector skill needs.

4. Can centres approved by other awarding bodies take part in the HSA?

Yes - participation is open to all learning providers and their staff, whether they are linked with VTCT or to one of the other awarding bodies in the hair and beauty sector.

5. Can other organisations become sponsors?

Yes - we welcome involvement of other sponsors to support the work of the HSA. We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities - to find out more click here


Who will be assessing the organisation?

The assessment of the application is a two step approach and includes the following:

1. HSA Quality Assessor application review - this is a paper based quality assurance review of the application only

HSA Quality Assessor to review the document

Centre support including requesting additional evidence from the application

A pre-visit plan for the centre including action plan

Review of any additional evidence.

2. Centre Monitoring visit from a HSA Industry Assessor - this is completed by an independent industry assessor who authenticates the evidence provided within the application

Completed by an Industry Assessor with current occupational experience

A copy of the industry assessors CV for authentication of expertise in the particular area of expertise

Pre visit correspondence

Application document familiarisation

Any Industry Assessor subsistence costs

Completion of the monitoring visit (1 day)

Completion of the Action Plan

Completion of the monitoring report and publication on the HSA website

How does this differ from OFSTED?

CoE is only for the hair and beauty sector and specifically recognises areas of expertise

Who will police this, and what if the organisation gains complaints?

When centres are awarded they agree to an annual review to ensure quality is maintained. They are also subject to an unannounced visit at any time without prior arrangement to ensure that standards are maintained. The HSA has rigorous quality assurance procedures to ensure that centres have reached the standards required and deserve to achieve accreditation as a Centre of Expertise. It is important to protect the credibility and quality the Centre of Expertise brand and for this reason, HSA has developed a procedure for dealing with cases where any kind of malpractice and/or maladministration is suspected. It is designed to ensure that any suspected cases are thoroughly investigated and that appropriate action is taken where necessary.

For more information please see the FAQ on the CoE website