If you practice any Cosmetology services outlined in the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia by-Laws Sections 4.1( a ) - ( l ) and / or 4.2( a ) - ( d ), you must be licensed with the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia.
To obtain a Nova Scotia Cosmetology licence, the following individuals must challenge the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Examination:
- Students trained for a minimum number of hours in a registered school or college offering Cosmetology program(s) as outlined in the Act and By-Laws
- Out of province or out of country applicants (Not all applicants need to write the provincial. Please review the information on the Out of Province/Country page for details.)
The exam pass mark is 70 per cent. Exam participants who fail any component or phase/service of the examination may apply to be re-examined on the next available scheduled exam date. Exam participants have one year to successfully complete the Provincial Examination and a maximum of three opportunities to pass.
Temporary Work Permits
A Temporary Work Permit is issued to allow students to be employed in a salon or spa after successfully completing the required number of training hours. A work permit cannot be issued until all documentation has been filed with CANS. The work permit is valid only until the next examination date.