BRITISH MASTER BARBERS
The British Master Barbers Alliance has been designed to help promote established British Barbers and their Barbershops. Good Barbershops struggle to stand out amongst the new breed of unskilled, untalented, uninsured chop shops that are under cutting prices and lowering the credibility of quality, qualified & trained barbers.
Customers never ask to see a barbers qualifications or proof of skill and this is why we have created the British Master Barbers Accreditation, Verification of a barbers talent in the form of a beautifully crafted metal plaque.
A sign customers can trust and the barber can be proud of.
Only fully subscribed members who complete our criteria can apply.
HOW DO I APPLY?
We have 3 levels of accreditation available.
Professional Barber - British Master Barber - Grand Master Barber.
Each level requires a set criteria of tasks to be completed before successful application. Applications can be made in the Members only area of this website.
British Professional Barber
Open to all members that either hold a full barbering qualification,
or can prove a minimum of two years working experience in a Barbershop.
This status is awarded with a personalised metal plaque
Status is only valid with a current BMB membership and a one off fee of £100
British Master Barber
Open to all members that are fully qualified & have a minimum of five years Barbering experience.
Proof of NVQ / SVQ or other recognised Barbering certificate will be required. We will be incorporating Direct Observation Assessments ( distance assessments ) asking you to upload a video or send a Youtube link of yourself working directly on a client to our highly qualified assessors who can judge your physical expertise & skills to achieve all your specific status tasks.
This status is awarded with a personalised metal plaque & Press release for your local newspaper
Status is only valid with a current BMB membership and a one off fee of £200
British Grand Master Barber
Applicable only to barbering Academy owners, Teachers, Lecturers & Assessors of Barbering. These members must be fully qualified in teaching barbering & have a minimum of five years barbering experience.
Proof of Barbering / Teaching / Lecturing & Academy Qualifications will be required. We will be incorporating Direct Observation Assessments ( distance assessments ) asking you to upload a video or send a Youtube link of yourself working / teaching directly on a client to our highly qualified assessors who can judge your physical expertise & skills to achieve all your specific status tasks.
This status is awarded with a personalised metal plaque & a press release for your local newspaper.
Status is only valid with a current BMB membership and a one off fee of £300
WHY SHOULD I APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION?
The BMB accreditation is simply designed to be a clear sign that customers can trust. It confirms that you hold a minimum standard of skill that is expected at each of our accreditation levels.
BMB accreditation also offers a simple way to promote your business to your local area through our media press release, sent out confirming your successful completion of Master Barber and Grand Master Barber levels
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IN THE VIDEO?
We want you to show us your capabilities, Using various tools and techniques please complete a full men's haircut. You can include shaving in your application which will help our examination but shaving is not a requirement of our accreditation . Show us that you have what it takes, Customer professionality , technique skill and tool experience. We recommend that you upload your complete video to Youtube and send us the direct link with your application.
IS ACCREDITATION COMPULSARY?
Our accreditation service is by no means compulsory and is only recommended to barbers who understand the importance of keeping at the top of their game and continually chase goals to better themselves. This accreditation should be seen as a personal achievement and a level that your customers can be confident with.
DOES IT MAKE ME A BETTER BARBER THAN EVERYONE ELSE?
The simple answer is No.
Everybody knows that you never stop learning and our accreditation is a confirmation of a minimum set level that provides a stepping stone to keep you enthused about the industry. Continuing your barbering journey to higher knowledge and skill set is a must at any level of competence and down to you to keep pushing the standard higher.
WHY DOES IT COST?
As a non profit organisation we make very little revenue to support the large costs involved with supporting the British barbering industry. Most of the costs are covered by the founders of BMB along with the small revenue made by our membership fees, product sales and accreditation.
The BMB team is made up of long term full time working barbers and barbering lecturers who offer their time for free to asses the accreditation applications.
CAN I USE HAIRDRESSING QUALIFICATIONS IN MY APPLICATION?
Yes you can. We use your trade qualifications as evidence of the time you have been practising the craft.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL MY APPLICATION?
If you fail your application you will be notified why and advised on how to improve your skill set or which requirements need to be met. You will then be allowed to apply again or change to the correct level suited to you if this is not suitable you will have your application fee returned.
WHY DO YOU GIVE OUT ACCREDITATION AWARDS?
Since the beginning we have been continuously keeping our eyes out for barbers who have shown amazing talents, regularly inspire others within the industry and have gone beyond anyone else to create a better industry for all of us. We like to surprise award these members at events and shows for the good work they have done. Many applicants also ask to have their accreditation awarded live at certain events which we are more than happy to do.