Time for Instructors Licence?

Becoming a Master Cosmetologist Instructor takes time, experience and dedication. Don't wait as you never know when a great offer will come along.

To obtain a Master Instructor licence (hairdressing and esthetics), Cosmetologists are required to successfully complete two (2) years of active work as a Master Cosmetologist in a registered cosmetology establishment, complete the Milady RISE Eductor program (within two years of receipt of initial instructor licence), and meet any other requirements as may be determined by the Association.  Master Cosmetologists who are self employed will be required to show proof of business registration, and length of time of ownership.

To obtain a Specific Cosmetologist Instructor licence (nail technology, body hair removal, make-up artistry, or eyelash enhancements), Cosmetologists are required to  complete three (3) years of active work as a Specific Cosmetologist in a registered cosmetology establishment, complete the Milady RISE Eductor program (within two years of receipt of initial instructor licence), and meet any other requirements as may be determined by the Association. 

Master/Specific Instructor Application & Process:

Master Cosmetologists and Specific Cosmetologists are required to fill out an Application for Instructor Licence and submit to the Association for review.  

Application Fee(s): 
Fees associated with this application are noted in accordance with the Cosmetology Act, 2012, c.39 at Schedule B.

One-time Administrative Fee $100 plus applicable taxes is non-refundable, and due when submitting your application.

Master/Specific Instructor Licence Fee $95 plus applicable taxes (upon approval)

Applications can be submitted by fax (902) 468-7147, email info@nscosmetology.ca or walk-in.  

Once the application and administrative fee has been received by the Association, the application will be forwarded to the Association's Executive Director for review.  When the review process is complete, the Applicant will receive notification of the designation from the Association's Provincial Exam Coordinator . Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.

Should your application be denied, the response letter will include the reasons why.

Please note: Incomplete applications will expire 90 days post submission.

Effective October 15, 2018: Starting January 1, 2020, ALL Master/Specific Instructors are required to participate in one (1) upgrading course each year, and provide the Association with proof of attendance prior to licence renewal.

Approved Upgrading Courses:

Approved upgrading courses for Master Instructors can be found on our website at www.nscosmetology.ca under Member Education and click, "Approved Upgrading Classes." 

Train the Trainer/Adult Teaching Certificate:

Once approved for a Master/Specific Instructor Cosmetology licence, Instructors are required (by Department of Advanced Education) to complete the Train the Trainer/Adult Teaching Program.  Instructors are given 3 years from the approval date to complete all three (3) modules and required to submit copies of certificates to the Association's Provincial Exam Coordinator -  jill@nscosmetology.ca .

For more information on Train the Trainer/Adult Teaching Programs offered in Nova Scotia, please contact the following institutes:

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

General Inquiries

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE


Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
33 Thornhill Drive, Unit 201. Dartmouth

Cape Breton Business College
Hair, Esthetics
93 Johnston Street, Sydney

CBBC - Halifax
Hair, Esthetics
1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern Esthetics
Nail Technology, Hair Removal, Eyelash Enhancements.
19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax

Hair Design Centre
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
278 Lacewood Drive, Halifax
Hair Masters
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
26 Archibald Ave., North Sydney

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Lash Technician
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

NSCC Annapolis Campus
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton