Formal Qualifications

What is a formal qualification?

A formal qualification is defined as “the outcome (certificate, diploma, degree or title) of an assessment and validation process which is obtained when a competent body determines that an individual has achieved learning outcomes to given standards and/or possesses the necessary competence to do a job in a specific area of work”.

Why is it important to have a formal qualification?

Your qualifications, rather than what you call yourself will determine your career. Many professional trades are striving to set professional standards and maintain them in order to ensure that practitioners within that trade can prove their capabilities. Employers and consumers need to be assured that practitioners

  • have the necessary skills and knowledge in performing the job
  • have displayed competence in performing the job
  • understand the ethics and conduct required of the job

While the beauty trades currently do not legally require practitioners to have a qualification to practice, the high number of under-educated and unqualified persons practicing in the beauty industry today has affected the credibility of true beauty professionals – resulting in a generally negative perception of the actual skills and knowledge required to become a beauty professional.

Recognised Formal Qualifications:

A certificate, diploma or degree awarded to a candidate by either a nationally or internationally accredited organisation or awarding body whose standards are in alignment with, or exceed, or are comparable to the Namibian National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is considered by the NBIPA as an acceptable qualification.

The NBIPA as a rule will accept formal qualifications that are endorsed by national and international accreditation or awarding bodies. These include, but are not limited to the following authorities:

Namibia & South Africa:

  • NQA – Namibian Qualifications Authority
  • NTA – Namibian Training Authority
  • SAQA – South African Qualifications Authority
  • SETA – Sector Education Training Authority
  • SAAHSP – South African Association of Health & Skincare Professionals


  • ITEC
  • City & Guilds
  • World Certification Institute

In the event that you have a foreign qualification, or that your education provider is not accredited with an awarding body as listed above, we recommend that you apply for a free qualification evaluation at the NQA before submitting your membership application to us.

For more information about qualification evaluations, please visit the NQA website.

The NBIPA recognises certificates issued by NBIPA Registered Schools and Educators and it we encourage those who wish to attend courses to refer to this list before enrolling in any courses within Namibia.