22nd May 2020

Advanced Beauty Therapist Apprenticeship

IfATE approves the Advanced Beauty Therapist Standard and End Point Assessment,(EPA) .Diane Hey, vice chair of the Trailblazer Group ' ...we have a worldclass  plan that really raises the bar and allows an apprentice to demonstrate their professional skills and knowledge in Beauty Therapy...'


Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC)

Sue Harmsworth launches Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care.   Diane Hey, our Board member was closely involved in this development. See more details on Spa Opportunities website....


Newspaper story....

The Scottish Daily Record has published a worrying story about people defying the lockdown...


The £1.7 million haircut

Coming in May 2020 - the story behind the Lions Barber Collective, the story of Tom Chapman establishing a charity after losing a friend to suicide, which turned in to a journey to create a world free from suicide.


Apprentices to have face-to-face contact?

If you train or employ apprentices - read more on this story....

15th May 2020

APPG Inquiry launched

The APPG on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing is issuing a Call for Evidence in a new inquiry into non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the UK. Written evidence is invited from the public, organisations, industry bodies and academics by 26th June 2002. see the APPG website for details...


Qualifications - 3 week window for grading

Check out this story in FE week......

Looking to up-skill? Need to train your team?

Online Learning

Go to the E- Learning tab to see all the online courses available -  COVID-19 Infection control,  Well-being Champion,  GDPR,  Work-life balance, Well being for Teachers,  Managing stress/anxiety, Equality/Diversity,  First aid,  Fire safety.......and many more, a simple, efficient way to learn. 


Skin Cancer awareness

A medical Student at Manchester University is conducting  research for his MSc into  how much awareness the hair/beauty industry has in spotting  the signs of skin cancer and the confidence in communicating these possible signs to their clients. Please help this student with their research..... 


Habia Endorsement

Do you want to demonstrate your training is high quality, taught by professionals  and approved by the government recognised Standard Setting Body for Hair, Beauty, Nails, Spa and Aesthetics? 

- Habia Approved CPD Provider

- HabiaEndorsed Provider

 -Centre of Expertise

Go to the Endorsement page to see the details 

In these unprecedented times

Wellness is more important than ever

We are working with a partner to offer you a simple, cost effective way to  support your team ,  enhance their wellness, look after their mental health and develop resilience.  A 'Wellness eco-system'  could be perfect, especially with the challenges of COVID-19 and the need  to thrive in such challenging times.

We now offer an ...

E-Solution to help Colleges save time & increase efficiency

 For more details look in the main menu under E-Solutions.


Registration is open

Help young people to 'go further, faster'

Don't miss entering your students and Apprentices for the 2020 Worldskills UK skill competitions.

Competitions include Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Nail Technician and Makeup. 

Registration is from 2nd March to 2nd April 2020.... NOW extended until 5th May 2020 !

We now offer an ...

E-Solution to help Salons save time and increase efficiency

For more details look in the main menu under E-Solutions

E-Learning courses


Want to gain further knowledge and enhance your CV?

Looking for CPD opportunities? Personal development ?

Trying to fit learning around your commitments?

Need to enhance your staff induction? or find a better way to deliver essential training?

Looking to support your team's well being, mental health and resilience?

COVID-19 update for Habia members March 2020


(See COVID-19 tab in the menu for further updates)

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.   On Friday it was announced that gyms and leisure centers had to close. Spas and massage services are 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.

NOS for Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures


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.