Welcome to the Beauty Professional website
Welcome to the world of a Beauty Professional, as a career choice you will work in one of the largest, trusted, professional and continually expanding industries within the Hair and Beauty Sector; a sector with a multi-billion-pound global economy, which is continuing to expand.

The work environments can be varied in size, style and ambiance, you could work on cruise ships, in a small bespoke salon or luxury high end beauty salons and spas, in addition to the beauty retailing spaces in large department stores and nail bars. Over the lifetime of your career you could work in all or some of these environments and expand further into other related specialisms. As a Beauty Professional you will complete all duties and treatments within the scope of the occupational role. You will act with professionalism, having exceptional communication and presentation skills, without supervision and observe safe working practices to a high level of precision.

This website has been developed to provide further and underpinning information to support the Beauty Professional Apprenticeship Standards suite, beginning at level 2 with three different job roles, Beauty Therapist, Beauty Make-up Consultant and Nail Technician these are seen as the foundation to a career as a Beauty Professional.

Apprenticeship standards or commonly known as ‘trailblazer’ standards have been designed by beauty employers to cover the knowledge skills and behaviours for competency (job ready) at a specified level for a particular job role. The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) is the body responsible for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England and Ofqual is the body that provides the external quality assurance.

The full suite of Beauty Professional standards is still being developed by the Beauty Professional Apprenticeship Trailblazer Steering Group (BPATSG), which will replace the current apprenticeship frameworks. This group made up of employers within the beauty sector which meet the IfA requirements. This group will also subsequently review the apprenticeship standards and check if they are still required and are fit-for-purpose.

The Beauty Professional suite of apprenticeship standards include:


Level 2                                                                Beauty Therapist                                              Beauty and Make-up Consultant                        Nail Services Technician 

Level 3 (in development)                        Advanced Beauty Therapist                        Wellbeing Therapist 

Level 4 (in development)
Beauty Advanced Practices Professional



HBA D3 Beauty apprenticeship trailblazer statement regarding temporary adaptions for the beauty apprenticeship suite of mandatory on programme qualifications (Diplomas), flexibilities, and dispensations for the End Point Assessment (EPAs) due to COVID-19.

10 September 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in restrictions to beauty apprenticeship education and training during the spring and summer of 2020. Guidance has been provided by Government, with varied opening dates for businesses. Some services and treatments were not permitted to open, and it is possible that the public health restrictions may continue to occur either locally or nationally during the rest of the year. We know that both
employers and training providers wish to continue with delivery of apprenticeships, the mandatory on-programme diploma qualifications and End Point assessments (EPA). In this paper we will set out the factors we are proposing to enable the mandatory on-programme diploma qualifications and EPA of beauty apprenticeships to continue……

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Trailblazer apprenticeships: IfATE approves The Advanced Beauty
Therapist Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment

22 May 2020

The Beauty Professional Trailbalzer steering group are pleased to announce the Trailblazer standards and assessment plan for the Advanced Beauty Therapist Apprenticeship at level 3 have been approved with a maximum funding cap of £8,000. This apprenticeship will now be providing a progression pathway for the industry.

George Hammer, the chair of the Trailblazer Steering Group for beauty professionals, said: “the advanced beauty therapist apprenticeship standard at level 3 will provide apprentices with the right knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers want for their staff to competently work within the beauty therapy sector”

Diane Hey, the vice chair of the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Steering Group for the beauty professionals, said: “we have a world class Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment Plan that really raises the bar and allows an apprentice to demonstrate their professional skills and knowledge in beauty therapy, to maximise treatment benefits and technology. We would like to extend our special thanks to all who contributed to its development”

Link to Ifate Advanced Beauty Therapist Apprenticeship Standard and EPA: