Hairstylist APPRENTICESHIP Program

Apprenticeship is now closed.

Apprenticeship Pilot Update November 18, 2021 - Click Here

Apprenticeship is a proven method of training.
Hairstyling is a Designated Red Seal Trade. When an apprentice completes all requirements of the hairstyling
apprenticeship, that individual is then eligible to become Red Seal Certified, a certification that is recognized
across Canada and, once certified, is then eligible to be licensed with the Cosmetology Association of Nova
Scotia and to practice Cosmetology (Hairdressing).

Apprenticeship is a proven method of training with a solid structure that supports and ensures the most current
trends and techniques are taught. For every $1.00 invested in training an apprentice, employers across the country
report an average return of $1.47. It is an investment in the future and protects your business from current or
future skill shortages through building strong, capable, loyal in-house talent. 

Information and benefits for salon owners:

  • Salon owners will interview and hire an apprentice who will train with them over a 2-year period.
  • The apprentice then registers with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency listing their employer.
  • The Master Hairstylist (Mentor) teaches the apprentice exceptional skillsets in hairstyling in the salon.
  • Salon owners are eligible for financial incentives (i.e., Apprenticeship START Funding - between $15,000
    and $20,000). Funding is distributed to the salon when the apprentice completes the initial registration,
    then when the apprentice completes Level 1 and Level 2 of the program.
  • Apprenticeship on-the-job training has been proven to benefit salons, mentors, and clients. One-on-
    one skill development means the apprentice builds industry standard skills, while reflecting the
    professionalism and the unique culture of the salon. A salon can have more than one mentor as long
    as all mentors are Master Stylists and CANS & NSAA provide mentoring development and support.
  • Mentors groom productive and confident team members with positive experiences who establish
    relationships and loyalty to the Salon and Employer/Mentors.

Information for hairstylist apprentices:

  • Find a salon that is interested in hiring an apprentice for a minimum of 32 hours per week. Then,
    before March 31, register with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Click the link below to
    register with the agency:
    Register for Apprenticeship Pilot
  • Meet with an Industry Training Consultant who will provide advice and support on programming
    and financial support.
  • Be mentored by a Master Hairstylist and receive an hourly apprenticeship wage (no less
    than minimum wage.)
  • A Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) Master Instructor guides apprentices through
    360 hours of self-paced online theory training and provides 4 weeks/240 hours of in-class practical
    and theory review (Spring 2022 and Spring 2023).
  • Upon completion of all requirements and the successful completion of the Red Seal Exam, become a
    Red Seal Certified Hairstylist and be eligible for a CANS Cosmetology (Hairdressing) licence to
    practice in Nova Scotia.
  • The goal is to be retained and/or rehired by the salon owner after certification and licensing.

Financial information for hairstylist apprentices:

  • Apprentices can apply for up to $3000 in Government grants.
  • Apprentices can apply for Canada Student Loans (up to $4000 per year).
  • Apprentices apply for Employment Insurance while they are taking the 8 weeks (combined)
    of in-class training.

Make your future as an apprentice:

  • Apprenticeship provides an opportunity for people who live outside of Nova Scotia to complete their
    education in Nova Scotia.
  • An apprenticeship is a great option for newcomers to Nova Scotia who have experience in the industry
    (i.e., reception, marketing, assistant) and/or some skills as a hairstylist but not all the skills required
    for certification to become licensed.
  • Please visit our website to learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at NSAA.
  • The hairstyling apprenticeship program is a great option for individuals to enter the industry who
    (for example):
    • are living in a remote area of NS,
    • may not be able to pay the full cost of tuition upfront,
    • need greater flexibility to accommodate family responsibility,
    • need to earn a wage while learning - preventing loss of income during study, or
    • are a member of an underrepresented group who may consider pursuing hairdressing as a trade.

If you have questions and would like more information regarding the Hairstyling Apprenticeship Program,
contact Denise DeLong, Education Consultant, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency at 902-476-6439
(text or call) or e-mail denise.delong@novascotia.ca.

For information about apprentice and employer financial supports, please visit
 https://nsapprenticeship.ca/employers-industry or e-mail Bill Michalos, Industry Consultant,
at bill.michalos@novascotia.ca.

Please click HERE for Hairstyling Apprenticeship Pilot - Trade Updates.
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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