The British Master Barbers Alliance has been designed to help established Barbers promote their Barbershops profile and stand out to potential customers amongst the busy crowds of barbershops popping up.
Customers never ask to see barbers qualifications or proof of skill and this is why we have created the British Master Barbers Accreditation, A verification of the barber's talent in the form of a beautifully
crafted metal plaque.
A sign customers can trust and the
barber can be proud of.
Only open to fully subscribed members who complete our set criteria.
HOW DO I APPLY?
We have 3 levels of accreditation available.
Professional Barber - British Master Barber - Grand Master Barber.
Each level requires a set criterion of tasks to be completed before a successful application. Applications can be made in the Members-only area of this website.
British Professional Barber
Open to all paid 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 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 paid members that are fully qualified & have a minimum of five years of Barbering experience.
Proof of NVQ / SVQ or another recognised Barbering certificate will be required. or BMB professional status must be held for minimum 2 years.
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 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 Status
Applicable only to barbering Academy owners, Teachers, Lecturers & Assessors of Barbering. These members must be fully qualified and provide suitable evidence of 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. Evidence of teaching a group will be required for some applications. Show us that you have what it takes. Show us your technical 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 COMPULSORY?
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 your industry achievements. Our accreditation is a minimum set level that provides a stepping stone to keep you enthused about the industry and help you promote your industry profile. 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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL MY APPLICATION?
If you fail your application you will be notified why and advised on how to improve your skillset 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.
WHAT IF I'VE LOST OR DON'T HOLD FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS?
We understand that qualifications may get lost over time or you may have learnt barbering in an apprenticeship based or mentorship training. If this is the case don't worry you can still apply for our Professional Barber level and work your way up. If you hold our Professional level for two years you can then apply for Master Barber level. This allows us to see that you have held time within the industry.