A warm welcome to Habia, the ‘Standard Setting Body’ for the Hair and Beauty industry.

Meet our brilliant Partners

About Us

Habia, part of the Skills Active charity, 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.

We set the national occupational standards for the best training and education -so you can be the best at what you do.

How to get involved

From becoming a member, to working with us to create the best courses and highest standards there are many ways to work with us.


If you are looking for support and want to join our amazing membership community, click below and find out more. From regular education forums, and our amazing online community, to our online learning hub, and access to great offers and so much more, we look forward to welcoming you.
Membership is open to all those looking to teach or learn with the best in the hair and beauty sector.

Education and standards

Education and standards lie at the heart of all we do. Habia is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails, spa and aesthetic sectors. We develop the National occupational standards on which all recognised qualifications in the sector are based. We champion the standards and lobby government to ensure our sector is the best to work and learn in.  

Working with us

We have several ways you can work with us and align your brand or business with Habia and its members. Working with Habia is a great way of showing your commitment to delivering excellent standards in our industry. See how we can work together to support this wonderful sector that encompasses hair, beauty, barbering, nails, makeup, spa, wellness, aesthetics

Careers in the industry

The Hair and Beauty industry has always been a good career choice for those with passion, creative flair, and good people skills. You can unleash your creative side, while also discovering new skills daily. People have always wanted to look and feel great. So, a career in hair and beauty could well be for you. Find out more here

Join Our Community

We have more than 10,000 members in our Habia Community, some have been with us for a great many years, some even since we started 30+ years ago. Thank you for your support and loyalty over the decades, it is much appreciated. We are incredibly grateful to work with so many wonderful people across the sector.
We keep our community up to date with developments via Habia Highlights, our monthly newsletter, you can subscribe here and follow us on our social channels to get regular updates and inspiration!

Why Habia?

Education experts

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.

Government Approved

Habia is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails, spa and aesthetic sectors. We are custodians for the National Occupational Standards.

Championing the sector

From raising the standards in education, to championing careers in the Industry, we strive to make the Hair and Beauty industry, a safe, and professional, career and sector to work in.

Endorsing excellence

From apprenticeships to CPD courses and brand training, through our endorsements we bring the best of the best training and education to the forefront of the industry.


"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 Skin Guru
“Marian is an internationally acclaimed nail artist, author and industry expert. 'I've worked with Habia for 25+ years, they are the only government recognised standard setting body, I'm delighted to be chairing their Expert Working Group (EWG) to update the National Occupational Standards (NOS)”
Marian Newman
“Under Jenna's leadership as UK Training Manager and Chief Expert , the UK has won 3 Gold Medals for Beauty Therapy in global competitions. 'I've worked with Habia for many years, the valuable work they do is essential for the sector and I'm delighted to be in the expert group updating the national standards”
Jenna Wrathall-Bailey

Donate now

As a not-for-profit organisation, everything we earn is invested back into supporting the Hair and Beauty sectors. So why not donate today and help our industry raise the standards. Every little helps!

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