Who needs to be Licensed?

Individuals engaging in cosmetology for fee, gain, or expectation of reward or remuneration must be licensed by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia by virtue of Bill No.119: An Act Respecting Cosmetology (the “Cosmetology Act.”)

How do you get Licensed?

The Cosmetology Act requires Cosmetologists practicing in Nova Scotia to receive formal training for a minimum number of hours in a registered school of cosmetology as specified by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia’s By-Laws. A student enrolled in a program at a registered school of cosmetology must register for and successfully pass the Provincial Examination to legally practice cosmetology in Nova Scotia.

What if I Studied in a Different Province or Country?

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia recognizes licence reciprocity, interprovincial standards (Red Seal,) and labour mobility policies. Cosmetologists from out of province or country seeking licensure in Nova Scotia must submit a Credential Review Application to the Association for assessment. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis. This process may take up to six to eight weeks. Applications must be submitted as a complete package, and the prescribed fee must be paid in full prior to assessment. Please contact the Association to schedule an appointment if you require assistance with your application. Phone: (902) 468.6477 or email: Info@nscosmetology.ca

Credential Review Application
(Fee: $150+ HST)
Please fill out this form in its entirety. Include as much supporting documentation as possible, and pay special attention to the Application Checklist provided within the application. Click here to access the Credential Review Timeline, as well as the Credential Review Appeal Process.
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3S 1A2
Office: (902) 468.6477
Fax: (902) 468.7147
Toll Free: (800) 765.8757
General Inquiries
Dana Sharkey, Executive Director CAE
Robert Samson, Compliance Officer

Hours of Operation
Mon. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tues. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wed. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thurs. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fri. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm


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