HABIA (the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority) is the government approved standards authority for all issues regarding hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and African-Caribbean hair. HABIA also creates the standards that form the basis of all hair and beauty qualifications, including NVQs, SVQs and apprenticeships. HABIA also enforces a code of practice for its members as a kind of guarantee for customers that use their services.
The HABIA also acts as a central point of contact for industry members, providing guidance on careers, business development, legislation, safety at work and equal opportunities. It is also responsible for industry-wide issues
such as training and skills.
HABIA also raises the profile of the industry through the press and media, and is regularly used by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News as the first port of call for background information and news items.
The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority also works with its members in order to deliver solutions directly to:
Salons: Helping them to understand relevant legislation, such as health and safety and employment laws, as well as how to improve client relations and raise performance of the business
Hair and Beauty Employees: Helping them gain skills and qualifications to keep employers up to date with client demand and the latest techniques, equipment and products, as well as the latest NVQs and SVQs.
Trainers: Helping them to deliver qualifications with hair and beauty training support manuals, and also to create successful teaching and training programmes covering both induction and initial assessment.
Trainee Beauty Therapists and Hairdressers: Helping learners by offering books and guides directly related to their studies, and by providing advice on career paths and qualifications.
HABIA is a non-profit organisation - any profits made are reinvested straight back into the hair and beauty industry.
The HABIA website contains message boards for its members to discuss the latest issues in the industry, and to share information with professionals from around the UK and the world.
Several training manuals and information packs are available for purchase from HABIA's online shop, providing information and guidance to trainees and professionals alike.
BABTAC (the British Authority of Beauty Therapy And Cosmetology) is the professional face of beauty and holistic therapy, and is widely recognised as one of the most influential and long standing bodies in the industry.
The BABTAC badge is a sign of confidence - wherever the authority's certificates and treatment lists appear, the public can be assured that their therapist is a qualified expert, committed to excellence.
BABTAC is also a non-profit, democratic organisation, and so members can rest assured that the authority is working with their best interests at heart.
If you see either:
Certificate of BABTAC membership with a current validity sticker.
The therapist's BABTAC approved list of treatments.
You can have confidence in your therapist and treatment.
Potential members must apply to BABTAC for membership, with the qualifications being vetted to ensure they meet national requirements. Should an applicant be accepted as a member, as either a full or a specific skills member, that member is covered by BABTAC insurance for all BABTAC accepted treatments
The associations website contains information on BABTAC events, as well as information and frequently asked questions on several health and beauty related techniques.