The Cosmetology Act

The Cosmetology Act 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 of Nova Scotia is the licensing and regulatory authority of Nova Scotia Cosmetologists, salons and spas, industry business owners, colleges offering cosmetology programs, and students pursuing education in cosmetology.

The Nova Scotia Cosmetology Act, 2012, c. 39 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.

2020-2021 Executive Board of Directors:

  • Cameron DeBaie, Chairperson
  • Tracey Crawley, Executive Co-Chair
  • Patricia Twast, Director
  • Tanya Baker-D'Arcy, Director
  • Bonnie Williams, Director
  • Angela Burns, Director
  • Lisa Silliker
  • Tracy Sampson
  • Desiree Couillard

The Benefits

Many are unaware of what the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia does, and what it offers its members.
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



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363 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

Cape Breton Business College
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CBBC - Halifax
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1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern College
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7067 Chebucto Road, Halifax

Eastern Esthetics
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Hair Design Centre
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Hair Masters
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Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
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NSCC Annapolis Campus
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
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372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton