Although the new Hairdressing Professional Standard and the Barbering Professional Standard are based around the current 6008 standards, they will at first seem very different when they are introduced in May as part of the government’s Reform of Apprenticeships. The awarding organisations involved in hair-dressing and barbering are currently reviewing and re-writing the units to ensure they fit neatly into the new award.
We can reveal that there will be just six units in the new Hairdressing Professional Standard, five units will be mandatory and will consist of the five main technical skills of shampooing, cutting, styling, colouring and hair-up. For the optional unit, apprentice may choose from perming hair, hair relaxing and hair extension services. There are minimal changes to these optional units from the current 6008 standards.
In the Barbering Professional Standard there will be five units, all mandatory, and the units will comprise of shampooing, cutting hair, cutting facial hair, styling and shaving. We understand that there will be no Cross-Unit Knowledge Test for either hairdressing or barbering.
A detailed comparison document that shows the difference between the units in the current 6008 framework to the new version in the Hair Professional and Barbering Professional standards will be issued in mid-March.