• It is expected that apprentices following this framework will take up to 24 months to complete
  • This includes off-the-job training

Each apprentice is required to achieve the following qualification:

  • SVQ in Hairdressing and Barbering at SCQF Level 6

Each apprentice is required to achieve the following Core Skills:

  • Communication SCQF Level 4 F426 04
  • Working with Others SCQF Level 4 F42N 04
  • Problem Solving SCQF Level 4 F42J 04
  • Information and Communication Technology SCQF Level 4 F42E 04
  • Numeracy SCQF Level 4 F42A 04

All Core Skills must be separately certificated as the Core Skills mapping exercise demonstrated that these skills were not embedded in the hairdressing and barbering SVQs.

While there is no formal requirement for enhancement to the framework, employers may provide additional training linked to products and equipment used in the salon.

A wide range of training opportunities exist in the hairdressing sector, which can enhance the capabilities of candidates.

These could include:

  • Advanced specialist practical courses, offered by Habia and others
  • Manufacturers’ training in products and services


The full framework can be viewed here.