The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia is the licensing and regulatory authority of Nova Scotia Cosmetologists, salons and spas, industry business owners, colleges offering cosmetology programs, and students pursuing education in cosmetology.
Law requires Cosmetologists practicing in Nova Scotia to receive formal training for a minimum number of hours in a registered school or college of cosmetology as defined by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and as specified by the Cosmetology Association's Act and By-Laws. A student enrolled in a program at a registered school or college of cosmetology must register for and successfully pass the Association's Provincial Examination to legally practice cosmetology in Nova Scotia.
Minimum Hourly Requirement for Licensure
|Nail Technology||300 Hours|
|Make-up Artistry||300 Hours|
|Eyelash Extensions||300 Hours|
|Body Hair Removal||300 Hours|
For more information on training schools and programs, please click here.
Consideration is given to those transferring to Nova Scotia from another province or country who possess the skill, experience, and credentials for licensure. For more information regarding the Credential Review Process please choose one of the following links:
Provincial Examination & COVID-19 Guidelines.
- Master Licence Upgrade
- Instructor Licence Upgrade
- Lapsed Licence Reinstatement Request
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
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Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick
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British Columbia: Beauty Council
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