Shaping the future together

State Registration for Hairdressers & Barbers

‘The registration fee is £70.  For Graduate hairdressers the fee is £50. For applicants outside the UK an additional £3 is payable for p&p. Your payment can be quickly processed on line using PayPal or your credit card.

A continuous discount of £3 applies to payment by Direct Debit; Contact us for details.

Supporting documents (see panels below), or scans of documents, can be uploaded via the following form. This avoids delays and postage costs.

Alternatively they should be emailed to
or sent by post to  The Hair Council, The Granary, Upper Slackstead, Farley Lane, Braishfield, SO51 0QL

NB : Your State Registration will commence after we have received and validated your documentation.

Select below the form that applies to you:


State Registered Hairdresser / Barber

Applicants must produce copies of EITHER :

  • NVQ/VRQ Level 2 or equivalent issued over 24 months ago
  • Habia Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Proof of actively working as a hairdresser for six or more years


State Registered Senior Hairdresser / Barber

Applicants must produce copies of EITHER :

  • NVQ/VRQ Level 3 or equivalent issued over 36 months ago
  • Proof of actively working as a hairdresser for nine or more years


State Registered Graduate Hairdresser / Barber

Applicants must produce copies of :

  • NVQ/VRQ Level 2 issued within the past 24 months


Corporate Associate Membership

Campaigning for mandatory state registration for the hair and barber industries, our Corporate Associate membership enables companies, stakeholders, manufacturers, wholesalers, awarding bodies, FE Colleges, and any business linked in some way to the hair and barber industry, to join and support us to get Government to effect change to regulate the industry.

The development of this membership will ensure The Hair and Barber Council truly does have the ‘industry’ as a whole supporting this aim and will thus, strengthen our position considerably.

Corporate membership means that the Company or Business will be the member, not any one individual and is very much a supportive role to The Hair and Barber Council.

Contact; for further details and to discuss your Corporate membership.


Associate Membership

If you are involved in the Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty industry in any way, but are not an actual practitioner, then becoming an ‘Associate Member’ of the Hair and Barber Council is the way for you to join us and support the cause to mandatory registration.

Please download the application form here