National Occupational Standards for Aesthetic Treatments approved
The first National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Aesthetic Treatments have been published, marking a major step forward in creating approved pathways for beauty therapists working in the field.
Standards-setting body Habia announced the approval of the new NOS, which were designed to meet the needs of employers, educators and learners.
Habia/SkillsActive has been working with industry experts and regulators nationwide to develop a suite of NOSs for Aesthetic Treatments, reviewing the standards for radiofrequency, laser and light, superficial skin peeling, microneedling, electrocautery, and micropigmentation and advanced micropigmentation.
NOSs define the skills and knowledge required to work in a particular occupation and are used in the development of training and recognised qualification programmes.
“I wish to extend a huge debt of gratitude for the amount of voluntary contribution that industry specialists and regulators have come together to provide, ensuring that the suite is compliant with regulations for non-surgical aesthetic procedures,” said Diane Hey, chair of the NOS review.
“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.”
A nationwide consultation was held to hear the industry’s view on the NOS development, with all feedback analysed and incorporated into the final versions.
Tracey Holt, standards and qualifications project manager, commented: “It’s been a pleasure to formulate, agree and submit an up-to-date suite of non-surgical Aesthetic NOS in such a fast-paced sector to future-proof the new and exciting opportunities and treatments.”
This work also supports the memorandum of understanding in place between Habia and the JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners) to consolidate the recognition of the agreed practice standards from which qualifications can be developed.