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a-training works with selected professional partners with the aim to creating a progressive force for enhancing education, skills and services within the Aesthetic industry.

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Qualifi is a leading 21st century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe serving the needs of learners and employers in the UK and worldwide every year.

We identified a growing demand for consistent and credible academic qualifications and awards as the economy became more competitive and global in nature – especially in many fast-paced industry sectors.


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Qualifi works with a growing number of sector skills councils, professional associations and employers to identify mission-critical learning requirements and assess outcomes of programmes to achieve a consistent and recognised professional and academic standards.

We have built a reputation for supporting relevant skills in a range of job roles and industries including Leadership, Enterprise and Management, Hospitality & Catering, Health and Social Care, Business Process Outsourcing and Public Services. Our portfolio includes nationally recognised qualifications as well as bespoke qualifications.

The result is a growing number of UK and internationally recognised qualifications that reflect workforce and professional areas of needed competency.


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We support our Approved Learning Centres with flexible approaches to learning assessment through classroom based study, blended learning and distance learning programmes. Our goal is to support learners by giving them access to current and relevant education and qualifications that support their career aspirations.

For more information about Qualifi, please contact us.

The National Hairdressers Federation (NHF) is the UK’s largest trade association for hairdressing, barbering and beauty salon owners. We’ve got over 75 years of experience and as a not-for-profit organisation you can rely on us to help you and your business.

In 2018 the NHF unveiled its new sister trade association the National Beauty Federation (NBF) who provide specialist support for beauty salons tailoring its services and advice for the unique challenges of running a beauty business.


Our aim is to help Members build successful, profitable and sustainable businesses. Membership benefits include:

  • Free access to our friendly membership team for everyday business advice.
  • Free 24/7 helpline providing advice on employing and managing people, tax, VAT, payroll and health & safety.
  • Free employment contracts, staff handbooks, apprenticeship contracts, chair renting and room/space agreements.
  • Generous savings and discounts on business essentials including insurance and health and safety toolkits.
  • Free Member only in-depth guides to all aspects of running a business.
  • A packed programme of events, competitions and artistic event discounts.
  • Campaigning on issues which affect our Members and their businesses such as the National Minimum and Living Wage, the high street, tax and VAT, Apprenticeship standards and funding.


NHF and NBF membership is more than just a certificate on your salon wall. We’re the UK’s leading business membership organisation for the hair and beauty industry. We will help you boost your business while keeping you safe, legal and bang up to date with all the latest business law. You’ll wonder what you did without us!

For a full and comprehensive list of all benefits, visit the benefits section and meet some of our Members to find out why they joined.

You’re in safe hands with the NHF and NBF and we look forward to being by your side every step of the way.



Habia is recognised by government as the Standards Setting Body for the hair and beauty industries and plays an essential role in maintaining and improving professionalism within them. Part of the Skills Active group the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Wellbeing allows the hair and beauty industry more opportunities and access to a wealth of experience and resources for the sector.

Through its drive to raise standards that are held in high regard and respected worldwide, Habia provide a solid benchmark for education and industry and a voice to Government. Habia works closely with education and the industry providing up to date information on education, qualifications and skills and as a not for profit organisation Habia invests all surplus revenue back into funding projects that will benefit the hair and beauty Industries.

Habia’s responsibilities and duties are many and varied; developing the Standards that form the basis of all UK recognised hair and beauty qualifications, the creation of Codes of Practice and Industry Guidelines, the creation of and supported by government Register of Professional Beauty Therapists, advanced skills training and CPD opportunities to educators as well as additional skills and business related support to those working in industry. Habia have recently created standards for the new Beauty Counter Qualifications for those that work in retail beauty.

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