The Cosmetology Association is the legislated, regulatory authority of all cosmetologists, salons, and spas in Nova Scotia and its mission is to promote the highest licensing compliance standards and universal precautions for the safety of the public and the practicing professional cosmetologist (Hairstylists, Estheticians, Make-Up Artists, Nail Technicians, Eyelash Technicians, Hair Removal Specialists, and other specific cosmetology licence categories). 

For more information on the Cosmetology Association, please click About Us.


You may not be safe! and here is the reason why...

The Cosmetology Association imposes and ensures the highest of universal infection control and safety standards. All professional Cosmetologists or mobile Cosmetologists in Nova Scotia (Hairstylists, Estheticians, Nail Techs, Lash Techs, Make-up Artists, or Hair Removal Specialists) must hold a valid and current licence and/or a salon permit issued by the Cosmetology Association.  All licences and permits must be visable to the public at all times.

If you cannot locate a Cometoligst's licence and/or a salon permit upon your visit, please contact the Cosmetology Association to confirm your Cosmetologist's licence and/or salon permit status pior to receiving any service!

You leave yourself vulnerable if you receive services from a hairstylist, esthetician, nail technician, make-up artists, eyelash technician or hair removal specialist who does not hold a valid and current licence and/or a salon permit should something unforeseen happen.


Your cosmetologist must hold a current (must show the current year date) and valid Cosmetology Association Licence and/or Photo ID card. This ID card confirms whether or not the cosmetologist is licensed and is able to provide services to the general public for fee, gain, or expectation of reward.

To access QR Code Scanning App, please click here.
Member Licence     Member ID Card    ID Card back
Licence   ID Card   Back of ID -  Scan QR Code for Status
The Cosmetology Association Licence/ID is proof a cosmetologist is licensed to work in Nova Scotia, trained in sanitation, disinfection and sterilzation, disease, infection control and possesses the skill required to perform cosmetology services. 

All salons/spas must hold a current (must show the current year date) and valid Cosmetology Association Salon Licence/Permit and/or Photo ID.
Salon Licence    SalonSpa ID Card 1    ID Card back
Salon/Spa Licence   ID card   Back of ID - Scan QR Code for Status

Every cosmetology licence and permit must be clearly visible to the general public while performing cosmetology services and must be renewed every year on or before December 31st.

If there is no licence or permit available for viewing (there is a reason), please contact the Association at 902-468-6477 or toll-free 1-800-765-8757 to verify licensing status.

Search your specific cosmetologist (Hairstylist, Esthetician, Make-up Artists, Nail Tecnician, Hair Removal specialist or Eyelash technician) or salon/spa to verify licence status, click here.

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 


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