“The register is a very positive introduction and one that, in my opinion, is long overdue. We are an industry that has no minimum standard and these registers will be invaluable in creating and raising standards and providing a benchmark for therapists to strive for as well as showing the public those therapists who excel and are passionate about what they do”.
Marie-Louise Coster, Chair of the Register Advisory Committee
“It is worth registering! I did because it is great to belong to such an esteemed group of professionals while gaining the highest level of recognition for my practice and expertise”.
“The Register of Beauty professionals helps to regulate and raise standards in the industry to recognise quality, professionalism, education and protect the public, our clients, from unqualified or unprofessional ‘therapists’. We should be proud of what we do and who we are, and this register helps to promote us as an industry that is serious about its members by screening applicants for the register, so the public can be sure that anyone on the list will be a safe pair of hands to be treated by”.
Jane De Vera Lee
“I’m proud to be part of a statutory body which recognises our commitment to quality and professionalism within our industry. Client protection and satisfaction is of upmost importance in an industry where education and thorough training are essential'.
“Joining the Register of Beauty Professionals was a no-brainer. As a training provider, salon owner and working therapist, I am proud to belong to an independent body that promotes the highest standards of education and professionalism within our sector - our clients, and our industry, deserve nothing less”.
“I am in full support of the Register of Beauty Professionals. I am an advocate for maintaining professional standards in the industry. I believe the industry should be regulated and the Professional Register is a step in the right direction”.
"Industry Support for the Register of Beauty Therapists “Regis Salons prefer the employment of beauty professionals that are already on the register. The beauty register facilities the recruitment process as it evidences industry qualifications requested from prospective employees”.
Fran Hayter, Head of Beauty, Regis UK Ltd.
‘VTCT is the specialist awarding organisation for the hairdressing and beauty sector and the first non-unitary awarding body accredited to offer the Principal Learning for the new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies. Our full qualification package also covers complementary therapies, sport and active leisure, business skills and hospitality and catering.
VTCT is a Government approved awarding organisation offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications (VRQs). VTCT has been in existence for over 50 years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom.
With a head office in Eastleigh, Hampshire, the company employs around 40 staff and has a field force of over 50 external verifiers working on a contract basis.
VTCT is involved in many of the new initiatives being introduced into the education system, including the embedding of general education skills and online-assessment.
VTCT will continue to strengthen its presence in the vocational qualifications market in the United Kingdom, where qualifications from VTCT are offered at over 600 colleges of further education and private training centres. Further expansion into overseas markets is now one of VTCT's prime goals with new and developing centres in South Africa, Africa, India, and many European Countries.’
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What is a Professional Register?
A register is a list of professionals conducting professional job roles (in our case beauty, nails and spa) who are able to evidence that they meet set criteria to demonstrate competence. The register will be accessible by the general public to verify that their treatments are delivered by someone appropriately qualified.
Why is this being introduced?
The government-supported registers are being introduced to raise the profile and standards of industry professionals, bring clarity to employers and peace of mind to consumers.
For employers, the existence of an independent register will give reassurance that their potential employees have industry backed verified skills to do the job and are committed to professional advancement. Any business that insists on their staff being on the register will be able to market to their customer that their staff have professional industry recognition and are appropriately qualified.
Our industry can involve the application of complicated treatments as well as the use of chemicals and electrical equipment and therefore there is scope for complaint and injury if these are not administered correctly. Certain professions can also have low costs of entry which raises instances of individuals practicing without recognised qualifications and skills.
How much will it cost?
Membership to the Register will cost £38 (inc. VAT) for one year.
How was the joining criteria defined?
The initial scoping work was carried out by an independent technical expert group run by Habia as part of its governance structure. This group reviewed the common job roles and assessed the various courses and qualifications that are (or have been) available and designed to ensure people are competent to perform these roles. There will be no requirement for these to have been delivered by any particular training provider, membership scheme or through any particular awarding organisation.
How will this work with existing industry memberships and insurance approved training courses?
This is an independent and inclusive initiative. The joining criteria and categorisation have been agreed by industry, any completed training that meets these criteria would entitle someone to join the Register. Where courses or providers are already accredited by a third party, we will be seeking to work with the approving organisation in line with the objectives and criteria of the register.
I have been practicing for 20 years and don't hold any modern qualifications. Will I be able to join?
The register is about competence as well as qualifications. We are currently developing a process to address this issue and ensure that the register remains inclusive when meeting its prime objectives.
I am currently studying to gain a professional qualification; will I be able to join?
Student membership is available providing evidence from the training provider is submitted.
How will someone remain on the Register?
For an individual to remain on the Register a minimum amount of CPD completion hours is required. The detail for the CPD system is currently in development and will be released when complete. Given the regular introduction of new techniques and equipment across our industry, registered professionals will be required to commit to keeping their skills up to date.
How will evidence of competence be collected?
In order to join the Register, professionals will have to submit a copy of their qualifying certificates or qualifications. Once on the Register individuals will receive a registration certificate.
Why is Hair not included?
Habia is a long-time supporter of the Hairdressing Council and promotes the voluntary state register. We hope to see this register grow and support the Hairdressing Council in its actions to introduce mandatory state registration of hairdressers across the UK.
About The Register
All that you need to know
The Register of Beauty Professionals is an independent, public Register for individuals working in the beauty industry. The Register:
- Recognises relevant expertise and industry qualifications
- Offers assurance to the public that all registered beauty professionals have suitable qualifications and the ability to perform their specific roles
- Provides a system of regulation to ensure that individuals meet agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS), which describe the knowledge, competence and skills of good practice
Habia, the government approved standards setting body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa industry, has launched the first ever professional Register for the beauty industry.
Habia is a part of SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning & Well-being.
All members of the Register of Beauty Professionals:
- Hold a recognised qualification from an awarding body, which meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the industry*.
- Have evidence reflecting their current professional status via a personal CV if they completed qualification longer than five years ago
- Are committed to professional development and are required to complete regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to stay on the register. This ensures their skills continually meet industry standards.*
- Are bound by an Industry “Code of Ethical Conduct” (Including agreeing to holding a current insurance certificate)
* National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the industry are set by Habia and SkillsActive FAQs
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We are currently in the process of developing our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system for members. Registered members are required to complete regular training to ensure they are up to date with the latest new treatments, techniques and equipment introduced to the industry. We will be giving members access to a wide range of related CPD courses available as well as a system for recording CPD progress and achievement.
- 24 CPD points to be achieved over 2 years - 12 points per year.
How Register of Beauty Professionals works
The Register of Beauty Professionals membership categories are based on the industry agreed NOS, which define the knowledge and skills needed.
The qualifications that allow entry to the Register have been collated and will be available to view in the registration form. A new fit for purpose framework has been created and this will define the operational categories for the Register and will give clarity to employers regarding the qualifications that are relevant for the sector.