Are You Registered?

For a lot of you who have been in this industry as long as I have, and many of you a lot longer, this industry is our passion – it is what defines us, and I am sure I am not alone in my frustrations and despair at how standards have slipped so dramatically.

We are awash with ‘beauty therapists’ who are popping up all over the place, mobile, home based and opening salons with little or no experience. I am sure your areas of the country are much the same as mine, littered with business attempts – often unsuccessful – by people who have come along, witnessed what you are doing and your success and thought that looks easy, I can earn money doing that and so off they go to replicate you. A few months later equipped with poor skills and limited, mediocre training they set up their business that is apparently as good as yours in comparison. The reality of which is the exact opposite as we all know there is no comparison, as there is just no fast track to experience, knowledge and skill.

With all this in mind I have welcomed and cheered for the new Habia and SkillsActive Professional Registers, which in my opinion is long overdue, these registers are going to change the industry for the better for both therapists and clients.

As most of you will be aware Habia are the government approved standards setting body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa industry, and their new voluntary, independent registers are going to be the perfect tool we need to separate the wheat from the chaff (so to speak). The registers were launched in October 2013 with support from the Government via UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). They are delivered in partnership with sector skills council SkillsActive who operate a number of professional registers including the very successful Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

From the therapists point of view joining the registers will allow you to stand out from the crowd by giving you a kite mark, a seal of approval if you like, to say that you are the cream of the crop. From the clients point of view it will show them you are a true professional, and will become a recognised sign that they look for when selecting their local therapist.

There is set criteria that must be met by anyone wishing to register, all of which can be found on the website. One of the other key aspects of the register, which I for one think is essential, is that to maintain your registration you must commit to continual professional development by attending courses and seminars. This is a fast paced, ever developing and changing industry, a true professional has to grow and evolve with it. Clients need more and know more than they did years ago, everyone has access to the internet, media etc. all of which is obsessed with appearance and beauty meaning you need to know even more, this comes from continually developing.

To find out more about the registers visit and make sure you get registered to show you are a true professional and passionate about what you do.

By Marie-Louise Coster

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