A hairdressing career can take you anywhere in the world! Work for yourself, at a local salon, or on the high-fashion runways – you can style your life your way.

Our hairdressing program covers it all…including grays. Learn haircutting, coloring, styling, setting, perming, straightening, extensions, and more! You will learn the theory of hairdressing, and have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned on actual clients in our fully operational and modern hair salon. Nova Salon is a partnership between the Paul-Mitchell company and the Nova Career Centre, and will give you access to the latest products, trends and professional expertise needed to become a stellar hairdresser. Make people look good and earn a living doing something you love? Nice choice!

(International students MUST register through the International Students application process.)

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Program content
Admission conditions
Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
918-011 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
918-022 Prevent health and safety incidents 30 2
918-033 Examine the scalp and hair 45 3
918-042 Analyze a client’s morphology and physiognomy 30 2
918-052 Shampoo hair 30 2
918-064 Give a hair and scalp treatment 60 4
918-073 Set hair 45 3
918-085 Style hair 75 5
918-093 Communicate with clients 45 3
918-108 Give a standard haircut to a female client 120 8
918-114 Give a gradual haircut to a male client and trim his beard 60 4
918-127 Give a standard permanent 105 7
918-138 Colour hair 120 8
918-154 Colour hair in pastel shades 60 4
918-166 Do a colour correction 90 6
918-173 Sell products and services 45 3
918-185 Give a styled haircut 75 5
918-195 Give a styled permanent 75 5
918-208 Do a creative colouring 120 8
918-217 Give a personalized hairstyle 105 7
918-227 Take part in the working world 105 7
  1455 97


To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn’t require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( – ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
ENG-1101-4 ou (ENG-1062-3) 632-306 ou (630-316)

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Skills you will learn

  • latest hairdressing techniques
  • building relationships with clients
  • hairdressing safety and professional conduct standards

Did you know

As a hairdresser you can work:

  • all around the world
  • in the fashion industry
  • in the movie and theatre industry


What are the qualities most often sought by employers?

Good personality, energetic, able to get along with others, punctuality, reliability, and someone who is on trend.

What types of jobs can I get once I have graduated?

Hair Stylist, Product Distributor, Sales Consultant, Film, Television or Theatrical Hairstylist, Salon Manager, Teacher and more.

Once I have graduated, will I need more training?

A serious hairstylist will register for several advanced workshops on an ongoing basis in order to keep their skills “sharpened”.
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