The Institute of Trichologists

Today, The Institute of Trichologists is the foremost professional association for trichologists worldwide, the largest provider of trichology training in Europe and, at over 100 years old, is the longest established body of its type.

A trichologist will deal with numerous conditions of the hair and scalp – some are not curable but can be controlled. There are many hair and scalp conditions which can be successfully treated by a trichologist. Other conditions may need to be referred to a medical practitioner or hospital consultant. Trichologists are not medically qualified but are medically trained in areas pertaining to the hair and scalp.

Part of a trichologists training includes detailed study into body systems, nutrition, chemistry, physiology of the hair and scalp, pharmaceutical preparations, trichological procedures, hair shaft problems, hair loss and scalp problems, massage, electrotherapy, micro-diagnostic techniques, microbiology, genetics, elements of business management and of course health and hygiene.

All registered members of The Institute of Trichologists are fully qualified and are bound by the Institute’s strict Code of Professional Practice and Ethics. Members of The Institute of Trichologists are entitled to use the letters AIT, MIT or FIT after their names, designating, respectively, an Associate, Member or Fellow of the Institute.

The Institute of Trichologists has been awarded the Quality Mark, and have been accredited by Professional Standards Authority (PSA), meeting PSA’s Standards which demonstrates the commitment to good practice and professionalism.

Patients, service users and the public can now choose a Trichologist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

The Institute of Trichologists’ (IOT) register has been accredited under the Accredited Registers programme.

All qualified trichologists will be able to prove their status, however if in doubt do not hesitate to contact the Institute of Trichologists directly.



IOT CPD Seminar (2012)