The 'Standard Setting Body' for the Hair and Beauty industry

Government Approved

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

Setting the Standard

Habia is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails,  spa and aesthetic sectors. For more than thirty years  we have been developing national standards that form the basis of qualifications across the UK. 

The Habia logo is a long-established, well-recognised sign of high quality standards, excellence and professionalism.

Setting the Standard

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

Setting the Standard

We work closely with Expert Working Groups (EWG) comprised of sector specialists  to  develop National Occupational Standard (NOS) that are then used as the basis of qualifications. 

Recent developments include the Advanced Aesthetic Standards - see section below for link - LIVE now!

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

NOS specify UK Standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. 

NOS are developed by Standard Setting organisations who consult with employers and stakeholders across each of the UK nations, the result is a set of NOS that are suitable for use across the UK. The NOS are approved on a four-nation basis. They are developed as individual measures of competence but they are grouped in Suites.

Best of the Best

Tutor Development and CPD

What are National Occupational Standards (NOS) ?

Stand out from the competition. ensure your organisation is seen as the best by becoming a Centre of Expertise  and by having your courses and training endorsed by Habia - show you are the best of the best!

Tutor Development and CPD

Tutor Development and CPD

Tutor Development and CPD

Develop your career in  education and training by attending our training courses and regular CPD sessions. 


Tutor Development and CPD

Tutor Development and CPD

Work with us as a partner and have your brand aligned with Habia and it's members/ networks and demonstrate your commitment to the standard setting body and to the hair and beauty industry.



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Habia Endorsement find out more details about our Habia endorsements:

  • Habia Recognised Training Provider
  • Habia CPD Endorsed Provider
  • Habia Centre of Excellence.

Prospective students look for the Habia endorsement  when choosing where to study . 



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 Whilst you isolate, there's no better time to fit in some education - for you and/or your team, so you're all ready for when salons, spas and clinics can  open again. We offer a range of online courses....Well-being Champion, Resilience,  GDPR and much more... 



Get in  touch to see how we can work together to support this wonderful sector that encompasses  hair,  beauty, barbering, nails, makeup, spa, wellness, aesthetics.


E-Solutions learn about the paperless system that can;

  • Streamline your processes
  • get rid of all the paperwork
  • Improve GDPR compliance
  • Help your team work 'smarter'


Endorsed CPD providers

We are going to add a section on the providers who have Habia CPD Endorsed  training. 


Sector Experts

 'I've worked with Habia for many years as an expert helping to develop waxing standards. It's important to work with Habia as the Standard Setting Body (SSB) to ensure high quality, professional standards, development of codes of practice and for delivering CPD opportunities '

Sam Marshall, The Beauty Guru


Habia Courses for Professionals

We offer a range of courses for professionals e.g. Level 3 Teaching Qualification... click below for details


Habia Shop

Have a look in the shop we offer Health/safety Packs, Employment Law packs, kits/equipment, uniforms.... 

We support the opportunities provided by....

Worldskills competitions

Skills competitions are very popular in our sector, they give amazing opportunities for individuals to 'go further, faster'.

Team UK won the Gold Medal for Beauty Therapy in the world finals in

  • Brazil 2015
  • Abu Dhabi 2017
  • Kazan, Russia 2019

This means UK Beauty Therapy has been 'best in the world' for 6 yrs- amazing! 

We have developed and successfully run...

Education Forums

...held at Professional Beauty exhibitions in London and Manchester.  A MUST for Beauty/Spa Educators in Colleges and Training Providers,  to ensure they are on top of all the changes and challenges facing the education sector -T-Levels, Apprenticeships, Work Placement, Recruitment, Aesthetics, plus an employer panel !

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