Photo ID

At the request of Members to support professional cosmetologists a photo ID is now in place.
In order to maintain and ensure industry compliance and standards for the protection of the general public and cosmetologists, all cosmetologists will be required to obtain a photo ID card from the Association by no later than December 31, 2019. Salons/spas are voluntary at this time.

These new picture IDs will help guarantee to the public, distributors, and vendors that cosmetologists are licensed and in compliance with regulations and policies and have been properly trained in universal precautions and the skills of the trade/profession in order to safely provide cosmetology services to the public and shop from professional distributors. The public and distributors (like Maritime Beauty, Euro Beauty, Eastern Esthetics or others) are encouraged to check to confirm that a cosmetology licence is current and up to date, allowing them to provide professional services and to purchase supplies that should only be sold to professionals.

At your request, these new IDs should also help stop those who are not licensed members from presenting themselves as cosmetologists. All cosmetologists should promote their licence and/or permit at all times (in person, on social media, etc.)

The back of the ID or permit card has a QR code.  This code allows anyone to check that a licence or permit is current and valid at any time. The app for the QR code can be found on on our website here and is available for download at Playstore and App Store.

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Licence cards must be visible to the public at all times while performing cosmetology services.

The first initial ID card is free with membership.  Members requiring a replacement card will be charged a fee in accordance with Schedule B of the Association's By-laws.

  • Must be from the shoulders up (similar to a passport or driver's licence photo)
  • Facing forward with eyes open and centered
  • Background should be a light or white wall 
  • No shaded glasses or sunglasses
  • Photo must be no more than five years old
  • Photo must be in color
  • Photo must be saved as .JPEG or .PNG
  • Salons and spas may use a business logo or upload a photo of the salon facility
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If you are ready to upload a photo and have a member login and password, visit the Member login area.

Confirm your current email is on file with the Association, as the email in the Association's system is your username. If your email is not on file or you have trouble logging in, please contact the Cosmetology Association at (902) 468-6477 or email for assistance.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a personal and a salon account, you are required to have two separate email addresses.  If you have the same email address for both accounts, you will only be able to access one account as they are not linked together.

If you do not have a password but your email is on file, go to the Member login page and click on "Click here to retrieve your password."  You will be redirected and asked to re-enter your username and a new password will be emailed to you.



To upload your personal or salon photo/logo, please follow the steps below:

Step 1
Visit the Association's website and click LOGIN in the upper right corner of the main page to access your account.

Step 2
Once you have gained access to your member account, click the option "Upload Photo."
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Step 3
Choose an image from your device (.JPEG or .PNG format only) and click open and then attach image.


Please review your uploaded photo to ensure it meets the Association's photo ID requirements.  Any photos that do not meet these requirements will not be issued

Once your photo has been successfully uploaded, please contact a CANS associate so we can print and mail out your new ID card (as the system does not send automatic notification when a photo is uploaded.)


Payments to the Association can be made in person, by phone, through regular mail or by logging into the Members area.

The following forms of payment are accepted:
  • Cash
  • Cheque or Money order
  • Debit Visa
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
Money transfers are unavailable at this time, although we hope to have e-transfer available sometime in the future.

Online payments:

To make an online payment, please follow the steps below:

Step 1
In your account menu, click "Invoice"
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Step 2
Under transactions you will see a list of invoices; click on the box "Make A Payment."

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Step 3
Click "Pay" on each invoice you wish to apply payment to, and then click on the box "Proceed to Payment."

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Step 4
Under outstanding invoices to be paid, enter your credit card number, expiry date, and security code (CVV) and then click "Process."

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IMPORTANT: Please make sure to click the process button ONLY ONCE, to ensure your credit card is not charged a double payment.  If a double payment occurs, please contact the Association at (902)468-6477, ext. 201 to have your payment reversed.
Cosmetology Association (NS)
128 Chain Lake Drive
Beechville, NS  B3S 1A2

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:00
Thursday 8:30 - 4:00
Friday 8:30 - 3:00

*Holiday or Weather closures/cancellations will be noted in the Calendar.
Office: (902) 468-6477
Fax: (902) 468-7147
Toll Free: (800) 765-8757

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Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE 


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