An expert, independent industry voice

The New Zealand Board of Professional Skin Therapies is an impartial and independent organisation representing professionals in the beauty and aesthetic industry. We were formed to provide representation of our industry’s issues to Government, local authorities and affiliated organisations. 

As well as being an advocacy voice for our industry, our multi-skilled team of industry experts provides independent advice, support, mentoring and guidance when it is needed.

The Board offers affordable membership, with benefits to help your business grow and keep costs down. 

We are stronger together.

The NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies also keeps you up to date with educational newsletters, ensuring you are abreast of current issues and industry standards, including important COVID-19 information, and supports you when you need a helping hand.

Read more about the Board at the link below. We welcome your donations / koha to support our mission and look forward to working with you.

Our current focus

Re-opening under the COVID Response Framework (Traffic Lights)

The Government has confirmed Cabinet will be considering allowing Auckland beauty/skin therapists to open next week.

NZ Board has jumped into action to provide additional guidelines and education for therapists in preparation to open.

In the Red traffic light stage, you can only operate if you, your staff, and clients are all double vaccinated.

We suggest you prepare with the following,

  1. Ensure you and your staff have downloaded their Covid Vaccination Certificates
  2. There should be a notice at the entrance with QR code and paper recording measures
  3. Clients AND Staff MUST have valid a vaccination certificate for entry to the premises see the MoH NZ Pass Verifier page to download the Vaccine certificate verifier app)
  4. Ensure clients and staff are masked (clients can remove mask for treatment)
  5. Put in measures to ensure 1 metre distancing between clients in common areas e.g., reception, back room
  6. Have hand sanitiser available

Upskill with an International Infection Control qualification

In consultation with the MBIE Covid Response Team, they have encouraged us to engage with clinic owners and therapists to help upskill your Pandemic Response Measures.

We are now able to offer the International Safety Infection Control Charter Programme [ISICC] along with our Pandemic Response Plan pack.

The ISICC is an internationally recognised qualification and is in operation in 6 other countries around the world. This course was developed by Professor Laurance Walsh, a leading researcher in clinical microbiology, biofilm ecology, biocides, and clinical infection control from Australia who received the Office of the Order of Australia and sits on numerous regulatory bodies including Standards Australia.

For you, this qualification demonstrates that you support a global standard of safety and are educated and proficient in understanding Covid-19 related hygiene and safety measures necessary to ensure your therapists, staff and clients are being treated in a safe environment. These standards complement our NZ specific Health and Hygiene Guidelines.

Many of our clients may be nervous returning to clinics, they want to see evidence that they are safe in your clinic. This is your greatest point of difference, and your qualifications are your greatest asset and marketing tools.

The PAN001: Pandemic Infection Control Certification Programme consists of:

  • A theory study module. This online course can be undertaken over 4 weeks at your own pace

  • An open book multichoice test. 90% pass mark is required to gain your certificate

  • On qualifying you will receive,

  • Your Pandemic Certificate and pledge (can be displayed on your wall)

  • Our Pandemic response Plan for everyday instructions on Covid health and safety requirements.

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Government education reform (RoVE)

The Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is rolling on. This will have significant implications on the quality and standards of training provided to new entrants to our industry.

The NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies wrote submissions and petitioned our industry to be recognised within the Health, Education and Social Services sector and for us to be recognised as skin therapists as a distinct industry.

All main skin therapy courses will now come under the Health category.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is establishing a new central collective for tertiary education called The Institute of Skills and Technology. All tertiary training courses have been divided into six Workforce Development Councils (WDC’s), who are charged with deciding what type of training structure would best suit ALL tertiary educational courses.

We are now at a crucial time of the reform initiative. This is where you, the business owner and therapist must speak up. Unless you do so, TEC will continue to listen to other industry organisations and the same educators that have created our present educational situation.

Without your voice, our credibility will further decline with increased client injuries and complaints [I have received several major complaints this year], destroy industry confidence, and individual reputations. Continual concerns raised by the public, has the potential for government to introduce regulations/legalisation and prohibit therapists performing skin penetrating treatments, resulting in loss of profits and possible business closures.

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