Job requirements Hairstylist in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a hairstylist in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341). Learn more about hairstylist

Employment Requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Hairstylists
  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a two- or three-year hairstyling apprenticeship program or completion of a college or other program in hairstyling combined with on-the-job training is usually required.
  • Several years of experience may replace formal education and training.
  • Employers may require applicants to provide a hairstyling demonstration before being hired.
  • Trade certification for hairstylists is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified hairstylists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Barbers
  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a two-year apprenticeship or other barber program is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.
  • Trade certification for barbers is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to barbers, as qualified hairstylists, upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Hairstylist Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Barber Regulated New Brunswick Registered Barbers' Association
Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Hairstylist Assistant Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Hairstylist And Barber Regulated Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Hairstylist Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Hairdresser Regulated Emploi Québec
Saskatchewan Hairstylist Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon Hairstylist Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Barber Regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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