International Professional Standards Network
The International Professional Standards Network (IPSN) is a group of countries committed to raising the standard of hair, beauty and barbering across the globe.
The members of the IPSN are Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea. These countries have benchmarked their hair, beauty and barbering qualifications against each other, creating a consistently high international standard. The IPSN are always looking for new member countries and industries to join the network.
One way the IPSN creates this standard is through issuing the IPSN certificate. Anyone who holds an IPSN certificate is considered fully qualified in hair, beauty or barbering in all of the IPSN member countries. The IPSN issue certificates in hairdressing, beauty and barbering.
IPSN certificate holders have the same skills as a New Zealander with:
- New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Professional Stylist) Level 4
- National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) Level 4
- National Certificate in Beauty Services (Spa Therapy) Level 5
- New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering Level 4
Any international worker who holds the IPSN certificate has the equivalent to these qualifications. Any New Zealander who holds these qualifications can also apply for the IPSN certificate.
The IPSN also support and encourage training and the hair and beauty industries in each of the member countries through various events, including competitions and conferences.