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Habia to develop standards units for hair and beauty

Posted: Tuesday 10 July 2012

Habia is to develop and update selected units in the hair and beauty standards for the first time in four years.

New National Occupational Standards (NOS) - which form the basis of all NVQs, SVQs and Apprenticeship programmes - will be developed for beauty therapy in radio frequency electrotherapy, chemical peel and skin needling. The beauty standards will also be updated to take into account the deregulation of IPL and laser treatments.

Standards in hairdressing will be updated to include changes to the EU Directive on Cosmetic Products (EU Cosmetics Directive 7/768/EEC) which will affect hair colouring services.

Andrew Darby, Habia Deputy CEO, said, "The development and update of the standards will reflect the way in which the industry is changing, both through the increased demand for new treatments and the implementation of legislation from the EU. Through our work with industry experts, professionals and educators, as well as the feedback from our skills surveys and consultations, the new and updated standards will continue to raise the overall professionalism and reputation of the hair and beauty sector."

The new units will be created by Habia as part of a consortium of sector skills bodies which has been set up to oversee all development of future standards and Apprenticeships frameworks - known as Universal Services. The consortium includes Lantra (land based industries), SkillsActive (active leisure, learning and well-being), Improve (food and drink) and People 1st/Go Skills (hospitality, tourism, passenger transport), as well a Habia.

Andrew added, "The creation of the consortium allows sector skills bodies from different fields to share expertise and experience in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs, and represents the new thinking from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which oversees these things.

Given the fantastic reputation of the hair and beauty sector in terms of training and development, Habia will play a key part in the process."

It is expected that a full review of all the hair, beauty, nails and spa standards will be conducted by Habia in 2013.

For more information and to take part in the standards development consultations, go to


  • Habia
  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy
  • nail services
  • spa therapy
  • barbering
  • African Caribbean hairdressing
  • National Occupational Standards
  • NVQs
  • SVQs
  • Apprenticeships
  • radio frequency electrotherapy
  • chemical peel
  • skin needling
  • IPL
  • laser treatments
  • EU Directove on Cosmetic Products
  • EU Cosmetic Directive 7/768/EEC
  • hair colouring
  • Universal Services
  • Lantra
  • SkillsActive
  • Improve
  • People 1st