The Cosmetology Act

The Cosmetology Act, 2012, c. 39 outlines Nova Scotia's cosmetology laws, standards, procedures, and principles that must be followed by all parties to which the legislation applies.

The By-Laws

The By-Laws are the secondary laws that govern the internal affairs of the Association and its membership.

The Association

The Cosmetology Association is the licensing and regulatory authority responsible for the regulation and supervision of all Cosmetologists, salons and spas, industry business owners, colleges offering cosmetology programs, and students pursuing education in cosmetology in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Cosmetology Act and its By-Laws are pieces of legislation by which the Association is guided. These legal documents outline the criteria required to become a member of the Association. Members are industry professionals such as Hairdressers, Estheticians, Nail Technicians, Makeup Artists, and Lash Technicians.

The Association is the backbone of the Nova Scotia cosmetology industry. The Association exists to advocate cosmetology best practices for the safety of the public and industry professionals. This is accomplished by promoting licensing compliance, as well as the highest sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization standards.

The Board

Spearheading the long-term goals and needs for the future of the Association is the Executive Board of Directors. The Board is a group of nine elected Cosmetologists voted in by the membership during the annual Executive Board Election. All-level Cosmetologists are eligible to run in the election; however, candidates must hold a current Nova Scotia cosmetology licence, and demonstrate strict confidentiality and objectivity.

2023-2024 Board of Directors:  

  • Patricia Twast, (re-elected Oct/2023)
  • Tracey Crawley,
  • Cameron DeBaie, 
  • Tanya Baker-D'Arcy, 
  • Angela Burns, 
  • Lisa Silliker, 
  • Desiree Couillard (elected Oct/2023)
  • Lurinda Swanepoel, Director
  • Melanie Murphy, Director

The Benefits

Many are unaware of what the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia does, and what it offers its members. Click here here for more information!

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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

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 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