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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

(Hourly Requirements include theory, practical, and On the Job Training)

Hairdressing 1500 Hours 
Esthetics 1500 Hours
Nail Technology 300 Hours
Make-up Artistry 300 Hours
Eyelash Extensions 300 Hours
Body Hair Removal 300 Hours
   
A person who resides outside Nova Scotia or has recently moved to Nova Scotia from a jurisdiction where there is no licensing in place for cosmetologists, and who is seeking to take the examinations but who has not been trained in a cosmetology school must provide evidence satisfactory to the Board, as set out in the Association's policy, that they have sufficient work experience to write the examination for the desired licence without further occupational training.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the examinations within one (1) year of finishing their training programs or within a longer time deemed appropriate by the Association.

For more information on examination and assessment, please view the Cosmetology Association's Provincial Examination Guidelines.
 https://nscosmetology.ca/provincial-exam-guidelinesIndividuals will be assessed based on their qualifications and potential to successfully pass the subject examination(s).

For more information on training schools and approved programs, please click here.


Out of Country Transfer Application Requirements & Process

Anyone who is moving to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada must obtain a licence from the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia in order to provide any cosmetology service to the general public, for fee, gain, or expectation of reward or remuneration. In order to obtain a licence from the Association, the applicant must submit a Credential Review Application for review.

Note - applications MUST include the following:
  • Completed sections 1 to 13 of the application in their entirety.
  • Completed Schedule D (found at pages 10 and 11 of the application) in its entirety.
  • Photo ID (issued by Canadian or Provincial Government).
  • Canadian Work or Study Permit.
  • Please pay special attention to the Application Checklist provided on page 7 of the Application.
  • Include the date and signatures on pages 2 and 11 where indicated.
  • Please include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST as provided in Schedule B (applications will not be reviewed prior to payment of prescribed fee).
  • All documents must be translated to English by a certified translator (at the cost to the applicant).
  • Do not submit original documents as they will not be returned (the Association does not make photocopies of personal documents).
Applications can be submitted via regular mail, email or by facsimile.

Please note:
 
The Executive Board of Directors may waive minimum entrance requirements in special circumstances for persons with disabilities or other social disadvantages (such as war, flooding, fire, etc. Please contact the Cosmetology Association directly if any of these situations applies to you).  The Board must be satisfied that the applicant is likely to be successful in the study and practice of cosmetology.

Most portions of the application can be submitted prior to arrival in Canada. International applicants may submit a Credential Review application including payment of the application fee, with translated documentation, copies of certificates and/or diplomas, transcripts (related to cosmetology or English language learning), proof of English language proficiency testing, reference letters, and resume. Information on applying for a Canadian Work or Study Permit can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html, and information on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and applications for the AIPP Program can be found at https://novascotiaimmigration.com/help-for-employers/atlantic-immigration-pilot/.

IMPORTANT: in certain instances where an applicant's credentials cannot be verified due to language barrier or school closure (for example), an Academic Credential Assessment for General Purposes Assessment Report issued by one of the six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) will be required.  For information on how to obtain an Assessment report, please visit 
https://www.cicic.ca/1374/obtain_an_academic_credential_assessment_for_general_purposes.canada.


English Language Proficiency
For those applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English language proficiency testing with a minimum pass level of 5 in all areas is required (equivalent to Canadian English Language Benchmark minimum level 5). Please click here for more information on Canadian English language benchmark requirements.

Documents not provided in English will require translation by a certified translator prior to being submitted to the Cosmetology Association and any costs associated with document translation are the responsibility of the applicant. 

For more information on English language learning, please visit https://novascotiaimmigration.com/live-here/language-learning/ or https://www.nscc.ca/learning_programs/programs/PlanDescr.aspx?prg=ENGAP&pln=ENGAP to find a program that may be right for you.

Credential Review Process
Credential Review Applications are evaluated on an individual basis; this process may take from 6 to 8 weeks. Applications must be submitted as a complete package and must include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST paid in full prior to processing. Forms should be completed in their entirety. For information on application assessment, please view the Cosmetology Association's Provincial Examination Guidelines. https://nscosmetology.ca/provincial-exam-guidelines.

Please note: All credential review applications expire after 90 days post submission if the Association has requested more information but has not received further communication from the applicant.

Please pay special attention to requirements under the section that applies to your application.

YOU POSSESS CERTIFICATION OR LICENSING FROM A REGULATORY BODY
If you hold a current and valid licence or certification with another regulatory body or government authority in an international Province or Territory, complete the Credential Review Application as follows:
  • Complete sections 1 to 5 (omit sections 6 to 9) and sections 10 to 13.
  • Complete Schedule D found on page 10 of the application in its entirety.
  • Include a copy of your Red Seal designation or Licence card with your application.
  • Include a letter of good standing from the jurisdiction in which you previously held a licence or certification.
  • Ensure to include dates and signatures on pages 2 and 11 of the application.
  • Please include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST as provided in Schedule B.
  • You are not required to include a resume, related school or course transcripts, or letters of recommendation with your application.
Credential Review Applications are evaluated on an individual basis; this process may take up to 4 weeks. Applications must be submitted as a complete package and must include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST paid in full prior to processing. Forms should be completed in their entirety. Please pay special attention to the Application Checklist provided on page 7 of the Application (with omissions as noted above). For more information on examination and assessment, please view the Cosmetology Association's Provincial Examination Guidelines. https://nscosmetology.ca/provincial-exam-guidelines.

Please note:
Valid Licence or Certification from another regulatory body means that you have a certificate, license, registration, or any other form of official documentation issued by a regulatory body. This does not include a diploma issued by a public or private college or school.


YOU DO NOT POSSESS CERTIFICATION OR LICENSING FROM A REGULATORY BODY
If you do not hold a current and valid licence or certification with another regulatory body or government authority in an International Province or Territory, complete the Credential Review Application as follows:
  • Complete sections 1 to 13 of the application in their entirety.
  • Complete Schedule D (found on pages 10 and 11) of the application in its entirety.
  • Include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST as provided in Schedule B. 
  • Ensure to include dates and signatures on pages 2 and 11 where indicated.
  • Applicants must include a copy of one of the following pieces of ID: 
    • Provincial Driver's Licence or ID
    • Other Government-issued photo ID 
    • Canadian Passport 

English Proficiency
For those applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English language proficiency testing with a minimum pass level of 5 in all areas is required (equivalent to Canadian English Language Benchmark minimum level 5). Please click here for more information on Canadian English language benchmark requirements.

Documents not provided in English will require translation by a certified translator prior to being submitted to the Cosmetology Association and any costs associated with document translation are the responsibility of the applicant. 

For more information on English language learning, please visit https://novascotiaimmigration.com/live-here/language-learning/ or https://www.nscc.ca/learning_programs/programs/PlanDescr.aspx?prg=ENGAP&pln=ENGAP to find a program that may be right for you.

Credential Review Applications are evaluated on an individual basis; this process may take from 6 to 8 weeks. Applications must be submitted as a complete package and must include the prescribed fee of $150 + HST paid in full prior to processing. Forms should be completed in their entirety. Please pay special attention to the Application Checklist provided on page 7 of the Application. For more information on examination and assessment, please view the Cosmetology Association's Provincial Examination Guidelines. https://nscosmetology.ca/provincial-exam-guidelines.

Accessibility - Accommodations 
The Cosmetology Association will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate applicants with special need. 

Click here for more information. 

Please note:
Valid Licence or Certification from another regulatory body means that you have a certificate, license, registration, or any other form of official documentation, issued by a regulatory body. This does not include a diploma issued by a public or private college or school.
Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS  B3S 1A2
Canada

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
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
info@nscosmetology.ca

Provincial Exam Information
jill@nscosmetology.ca

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE
executivedir@nscosmetology.ca 



 

Schools

Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
363 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

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

CBBC - Halifax
Hair, Esthetics
1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern College
Makeup Artistry
7067 Chebucto Road, 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
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

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

NSCC Marconi Campus
Hairdressing
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
Hairdressing
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton