The Habia Skills Academy is to develop a professional register for the beauty, nails and spa industries to help raise professional and quality standards as well as boost consumer confidence.
The voluntary register will be accessible by the general public so they can identify industry professionals who have met a range of criteria currently being developed by an independent technical group and Habia's expert forums.
Employers will be able to use the register when recruiting, whilst industry professionals will be able to update their qualifications and experience using a 'skills passport', which is also being developed.
The cost for individual membership of the register is still being finalised, but is unlikely to exceed £35 per year.
Whilst legislation in the beauty sector is unlikely, the government is supportive of self-regulation and industry registers. The beauty, nails and spa register will be based on the successful Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) model, which is run by Habia's parent company SkillsActive and is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world with 30,000 members.
Rob Young, Habia MD, said, "We have consulted with a number of partners and the feedback has been consistently positive. This is what the industry wants and needs to take it to the next level. Employers have told us they would use this register for recruitment, as it gives them a set of established and agreed criteria they can work from.
Equally, those industry professionals we have spoken to are excited about having the opportunity to demonstrate their professionalism - and the professionalism of their entire industry - to the general public."