In these regulations, unless the context requires otherwise:
(a) The ‘Freelance Hairdressers’ Association’ will be known as “the Association”
(b) England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be referred to as “the UK”
(c) Categories of Membership
(i) A Full member is one who meets the criteria specified in 3 “Membership Standards” (a)
(ii) An Associate member is one who has completed their training, obtained the necessary qualifications and is in the process of gaining the experience required by the Association for full membership.
(iii) A Student member is anyone undertaking training for qualifications recognised by the Association in hairdressing or beauty therapy.
(iv) A Club member is an existing FHA member who due to change in circumstances has taken a break from their Freelance business, but wishes to remain in touch with the Association.
(v) An Advanced member has been an FHA member for 2 or more years and has completed a higher level of training. A set fee is payable foe life of membership.
2. Application for Membership
(a) Applications for membership will be considered from a self-employed person who carries out (or intends to carry out) hairdressing or beauty therapy.
(b) Applications for membership shall be made to the Association in writing by means of the current application form, which the Association may revise from time to time. The applicant will be required to submit details as described in 3, “Membership Standards”.
3. Membership Standards of a Full Member
(a) Members must prove to the reasonable satisfaction of the Association that they comply with the following standards before they may be considered for membership. These standards may be revised from time to time to comply with Acts of Parliament, legal guidelines or standards laid down by the Association.
(i) Members must satisfy the Association that they are qualified to either City & Guilds or NVQ Level 2 standards, or have served a recognised apprenticeship.
(ii) Other similar levels of qualification may be considered.
(iii) Members must have a minimum of two years’ experience following
(iv) Members are required to be aware of specifications and other requirements
published by the Health and Safety Executive, British Standards Institution and
Office of Fair Trading.
(vi) Members must have a current Public Liability Insurance policy.
(vii) Members must be registered or undertake to register with the Inland Revenue as being self-employed.
(b) Members are required to notify the Association of any changes which may affect their membership. Failure to do so may result in expulsion or suspension.
(c) Associate members must prove to the satisfaction of the Association that they comply with (a)(i)(iv)(v)+(vi)above.
(d) Student members must prove that they are following a course of training to lead to either City & Guilds or NVQ Level 2 standards, or are serving a recognised apprenticeship.
(e) Club members will not be freelancing and therefore will not hold Public Liability Insurance.
(f) Advanced members will lose their status if their full membership is not kept up to date.
4. Membership Entitlements.
Full Members are entitled to:
(a) Receive an identity card. This will provide proof of membership of the association and, in turn, proof of attaining the standards set down by the Association.
(b) Receive a car sticker and a certificate, which will also show that the member is as above.
(c) Representation by the Association to promote the standards of its members within the industry and to the general public and to Parliament whenever deemed necessary by the Association.
(d) The use of the Technical Advice line, the number of which will be made available on Association material, and which is available for members to contact with any technical queries they may have.
(e) Regular e newsletters and text messages will keep members in touch with developments within the industry, and contain advice which will be beneficial to their business.
(f) Information about regulations made by the Health and Safety Executive or similar bodies which may affect their business.
(g) Training and social events.
(h) Other activities and benefits which may be made available from time to time, some of which may be on a fee- paying basis.
Associate Members are entitled to (a-i) but will be required to complete CPD hours until they have 2 years following qualification.
Student Members are entitled to:
(a) Regular e newsletters and text messages will keep members in touch with developments within the industry, and contain advice which will be beneficial to their business.
(b) The use of Technical Advice lines
(c) Training and social events
(d) Other activities and benefits which may be made available from time to time, some of which may be on a fee- paying basis.
5. Renewal of Membership
A member shall complete a renewal application annually, which must be accompanies by such sums as may be payable.
6. Termination of Membership
(a) Membership will be terminated if:
(i) The member ceases to carry out their business in a self-employed capacity, full or part time.
(ii) The member retires
(iii) The member is expelled or suspended from the association.
(iv) The member resigns.
(b) If membership is terminated the member shall remain liable for any arrears or debts incurred to the Association.
(c) If membership is terminated, fees which have been paid for the period in which termination takes place will not be refunded.
(d) Notice of Termination of membership must be given in writing, be it by the member or the Association.
(e) Termination of membership after 7 days will be liable to an administration fee of £25.
(f) If you wish to cancel your application within 7 days you will be subject to a minimum £15 administration charge. No refunds given after 7 days of joining.