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Phase one


Prior to our visit, students must hold or be training towards a Level 1 or 2 Barbering Certificate and will be expected to achieve an online BMB Health & Safety Certificate to qualify for entry into the trade test competition at

Students will compete in a 60 minute barbering trade test whilst working on a model. The trade test showcases the student’s confidence, ability and skills that will be required to get a barbering job upon their release from prison.

During the trade test, students will receive educational hints and tips from their mentor on how to improve their techniques and standards of work so they can go “Get that Job!”

Each attendee will receive an “Investors in Education - Certificate of Attendance” and a “BMB Health & Safety Certificate” that can be added to their student portfolio as evidence of their achievement.

“Educate the Educator” - The tutors potential will also be tested to the very highest standards in Health & Safety, trade proficiency and will be required to give practical demonstrations of their teaching techniques.

Upon a satisfactory outcome the tutor will earn an “Investors in Education” trophy of recognition, a set of style posters for their salon and a personal BMB lapel badge.

Barber and Costumer

Morning: Brief the team on the day’s events

The STUDENTS will be assessed during the trade test on the following:

  • Correct preparation, gowning and positioning of the client

  • Correct consultation and questioning of the client before the service and
    correct recognition of any hair growth patterns and hazards

  • Inspection of clean tools and equipment before use on the client

  • Correct choice of tools and cutting techniques during the service

  • Neat out-lining and general finish of the cut

  • Shampoo, dry and application of a suitable finishing product

  • Correct use of mirror and removal of the gown

  • Overall finish of the cut within the time

  • Cleaning and sterilization of equipment and workstation after the service


The EDUCATORS will be tested in three main subjects:
Health & Safety, Practical Teaching Skills and Health & Safety Legislation

  • Orally, to confirm a good knowledge of Salon Health & Safety, regarding;
    Sterilization of tools and equipment
    How to prevent cross infection and cross contamination
    What are the safety requirements to run a safe salon and ensure you reduce any risks to yourself, your staff and your customers?

    What can you do to minimize the risks of dermatitis?

  • To give a practical demonstration of their barber teaching skills on a model, such as; Out-lining with scissors and clippers
    Club cutting
    Scissors over comb

  • Orally, test for knowledge of current legislations that apply to the running of a barber shop regarding:

    Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA)
    The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
    The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation 1992 (COSHH)
    Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) The Fire Precautions Act 1971
    Data Protection Act 1998



De-brief all the team
Question and answers
Inspirational talk
Presentation of trophy and certificates

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