Calls for regulation
experience the cost decreased, to $750 with 10-plus years’ experience, then $650 for 15-plus years’ experience.
‘‘They don’t sit it (final exam) because they are feeling confident and have got a job and don’t see the point,’’ she said.
Bruce said many people just assumed their hairdresser was qualified. Only qualified practitioners could be association members and though that did not mean they always did the best work, as association members the client had more support if something went wrong.
‘‘We have been calling on the Government to regulate the industry. We are using potentially harmful chemicals.’’
Though Bruce was qualified and had been working in the industry for 19 years, she continued to attend courses as there was always something to learn or ‘‘tweak’’. She would like to see hairdressers learn to learn and continue their professional development.
Ara Hairdressing and Beauty manager Mandy Gould said the learning institute had just launched a Centre of Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) programme which gave hairdressers who had many years of experience the opportunity to be assessed and to use their experience towards a hairdressing qualification.
Goldfingers Hair and Day Spa owner Tracey Gibson, who is qualified, said there were definitely ‘‘cowgirls and cowboys’’ at some salons.
She speculated that about 50 per cent of practitioners in Timaru were unqualified.