Looking to become a skilled professional in the industry of cosmetology?

Well, look no further! For a complete list of registered private career colleges and Nova Scotia Community Colleges offering cosmetology programs in the Province of Nova Scotia, please click here.

What type of programs are offered in the Province of Nova Scotia?
  • Cosmetologist (Hairdressing) - 1500 hours of theory and practical
  • Cosmetologist (Esthetics) - 1500 hours of theory and practical
  • Specific Licence (Nail Technician) - 300 hours of theory and practical
  • Specific Licence (Make-Up Artist) - 300 hours of theory and practical
  • Specific Licence (Body Hair Removal Services) - 300 hours of theory and practical
  • Specific Licence (Eyelashes) - 300 hours of theory and practical
Important: The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia does not recognize online education and any individual who is a resident of Nova Scotia looking to obtain a valid cosmetology licence must attend a program at one of the registered private career colleges or Nova Scotia Community Colleges in the list provided.

If you are not a resident of Nova Scotia and already hold a licence or certification from another province or country, please click here for more information on how to become licensed in the Province of Nova Scotia.

For more information on course start dates, tuition fees, and requirements, please contact the private career college or Nova Scotia Community College of your choosing.

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Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS  B3S 1A2

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

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 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, 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