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Hairstylist (Entry)

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Duration: 36 Weeks plus 3 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Health and Personal Care
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The 39 week Hairstylist (Entry) Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship curriculum that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety, salon fundamentals, cutting and styling, hair color, chemical waving and relaxing hairstyles and many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and hair salon. Upon successful completion of academic courses students will also take part in a 3 week work-term before graduating.

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Apprenticeship Training

The Hairstylist (Entry) program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become an Entry-Level Hairstylist. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Trade Qualifier

Academy Canada offers a Trade Qualifier course in Hairstylist. After students graduate and work in the industry for 2600 hours, graduates can return to Academy Canada for a four (4) week refresher course to prepare them for the Interprovincial Journeyperson certification.

Program Courses

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Salon Fundamentals
  • Styling I
  • Styling II
  • Cutting I – Hairdressing
  • Cutting II – Barbering
  • Chemically Waving and Relaxing Hair
  • Colour Fundamentals
  • Hair Colouring
  • Lightening & Toning
  • Introduction to Aesthetics
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Introduction to Essential Skills
  • Math Essentials
  • Hairstylist Math Fundamentals
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • Workplace Exposure

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Hairstylist program, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) as hairstylists in both male and female services. Opportunities may also be available in sales-related and personal grooming services. A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Hair Factory
  • Studio Maxx
  • Magic Cuts
  • Tangles
  • New Creations
  • Dawn’s Unisex
  • Salon Fredrick’s
  • Hairitage
  • Mr. Austins
  • Silver Scissors
  • Image Unisex
  • Bob’s Beauty Salon
  • Uptown Hair Salon
  • Head First Salon
  • Hair Designers
  • Judy’s Beauty Salon
  • First Choice
  • Peggy’s Hair Design

Coiffed hair

Wouldn’t you love to be able to create a hairstyle as creative as this? Enroll in our Hairstylist (Entry) program and you can.

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