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

Government approved

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

Habia is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body 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.

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

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!

Career opportunities

Setting the Standard

Career opportunities

We promote opportunities and careers in the hair and beauty sector, working with educators to help maximise recruitment into the sector.

Best of the Best

Tutor Development and CPD

Career opportunities

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. 

Corporate Partnerships

Tutor Development and CPD

Tutor Development and CPD

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

COVID-19 update for Habia members


This is a time of great uncertainty and many of you have been in touch asking what is the responsible approach to take in these unprecedented times. 

It is clear that all forms of social distancing are vitally important,  if we as a nation are to successfully fight this virus.

Sadly because of the very nature of our sector, we expect the impact of the virus to be  significant and salon owners, staff and those that are self-employed are looking for advice on what to do.  The situation is continually changing so  we recommend following the official links to get the most up to date information and advice. 

Government advice

The Government is reporting daily on the steps they are taking to fight the virus, protect the economy and support businesses and individuals.  Initially it was announced that gyms and leisure centers had to close. Spas and massage services were included in this category.   This was followed soon after by another announcement that all beauty, nail and hair salons had to close., 

The Chancellor has announced an unprecedented package of concessions to help businesses get through this extremely difficult time, see the link below... 

Additional advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO)  have a wealth of information and advice on their website at

To access further support for those affected by COVID-19 

Colleagues at the NHBF have resources for businesses such as templates, posters etc petition

A petition has been created on behalf of the  hair and beauty industry to lobby the UK government for an economic hardship relief package to help  the industry recover from the impact of the pandemic. Everyone across the industry who fees  passionately about this is sharing it widely.

News release


Habia announces approval of National Occupational Standards for Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Habia/Skills Active have been working with industry experts and regulators nationwide to develop an updated suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures. 

Initial research began in February 2019. Expert working groups of industry professionals  developed the standards for botulinum toxin type A,  dermal fillers  medium grade chemical  skin peels, mesotherapy, advanced micro needling, advanced electrocautery and dermaplaning procedures.

View the standard at 

Diane Hey, Chair of the Advanced Aesthetics NOS Steering Group

'We have a debt of gratitude for the amount of voluntary contribution that industry specialists and regulators have come together to provide, ensuring the suite is compliant with regulations for elective non-surgical cosmetic procedure. There is a widespread desire to confirm the standards of practice expected in these modalities,  common to all four nations,  to promote public safety and a pathway for aesthetic practitioners and this suite provides the agreed standards of all relevant parties. ' 


This work supports the memorandum of understanding in place between Habia and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners  (JCCP), bringing together a number of PRSB regulators and industry organisations to consolidate the recognition of the agreed practice standards in line with the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) from which qualifications can be aligned. 


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Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )

Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )

Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )

  • Dermace Training (Semi-permanent makeup)
  • Gerrard International  (Nail Services, Beauty Therapy, Retail Level 3)
  • Sweet Squared Ltd- The Creative Academy
  • Trafford College (Beauty Therapy Level 3)
  • White Rose Beauty College  (Beauty Therapy Level 3)

Continuing Professional Development

Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )

Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )


We offer a rang of courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for hair and beauty educators. 

Courses can be booked privately at a time and venue of your choice. 

Educator Training courses;

- Managing Positive Behavior in the classroom

Level 3 Award in Education & Training

-Embedding competition work

-Mental Health Champion 

-Emergency fist aid at work

- Hair & Scalp Disorders


07841 150952


Centres of Excellence (Look under 'Centres' for details )


See the 'News' section....

 Beauty & Spa Tutors, don't miss the Education Forum  in October at Professional Beauty, Excel. Contact the Habia team for details.  


Advanced Aesthetics National Occupational Standards have just been launched. 

Level 3 Award in Teaching & Education -planed  for May 2020













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