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This program is approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career College
Act,2005. This program covers all the skills required to work in the Hairstyling
trade. Offered in a condensed 3-semester format, students complete the diploma less
than one year through progressive levels of theory and practical techniques. We follow
a ministry approved leading curriculum and use the excellent Milady
Cosmetology Textbook and workbooks for student reference and course support
materials. Students are introduced to relevant legislation in the trade, health and safety
issues, professional ethics, communication skills, and entrepreneurial practices,
including preparation for entering the workforce.  The program focuses on hands-
on training in hair cutting and styling, hair design, as well as colorings and lightening,
permanent wave, and hair additions. Students also take a specialized course in
relaxing/smoothing, colorings, cutting, and styling different hair textures.
With a condensed format of 38 weeks, the Hairstyle Ontario College Diploma program
prepares you for a career as a licensed professional hairstylist in a fast-paced and
exciting industry.
As a student, you learn techniques such as:
• Cutting
• Styling
• Permanent waving
• Chemically relaxing
• Coloring
• Lightening
• Hair additions
You also gain skills in salon operations using industry-standard software. By working in
the Salon, Spa and Boutique, you have the chance to put your skills into practice on real
clients. Demonstrate your knowledge by developing individualized styling options,
prescribing products and practicing safe and hygienic practices. Upon completion of the
program, you are granted 1,500 hours towards the 3,500 total hours required to
complete your apprenticeship. After completion of these requirements, you write an
exam to earn your license so you can work as a certified hairstylist. You may find
employment as a:
• hairstylist
• colour technician
• salon manager in salons, day or resort spas, health clubs, cruise ships, or beauty

Sales representative for a manufacturer or distributor
You may also choose to pursue self-employment opportunities.

  • Hair Design
  • Hair & Scalp Care
  • Hair Cutting & Styling Techniques
  • Shampooing, Rinsing & Conditioning
  • Professional Blow-drying Techniques
  • Up-Do’s, Extensions & Braiding
  • Permanent, Spiral & Thermal Waving
  • Hair Colouring & Toning
  • Bleaching & Tinting
  • Chemical Hair Relaxing
  • Hair Additions
  • Foils – Low/Highlights
  • Barbering Techniques
  • Business of Cosmetology
  • Communicating for Success
  • Your Professional Image
  • The Salon Business

Hairstyling Program Prerequisites
To be eligible for enrollment in our hairstyling schools across Ontario, a candidate must meet the
following criteria:

•Participate in a personal interview to determine suitability for the program
•Grade 12 graduate (Canadian) or equivalent or 18 years old with a passing score on the
superintendent approved entrance test
Alternative Admission
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted
if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission
assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However,
some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.

Full-Time • Total Hours: 1500 • Total Weeks: 42 • 10.5 Months of Study

Monday-Friday • 9:00am-4:00pm
Part-Time • Total Hours: 1500 • Total Weeks: 84 • 21 Months of Study
Monday-Friday • 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm

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