The Cosmetology Act and By-Laws & Policies


The Nova Scotia Cosmetology Act, 2012, c. 39 (the “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, Make-up Artists, and Eyelash Technicians. 

To view the Cosmetology Act, click here.
To view the Association's By-laws (updated April 1, 2023), click here.
By-laws, Schedule B (Fees), click here (effective as of May 15, 2023).
Please note: increase in licence and permit fees effective upon renewal for 2024.
Ministerial approval, click here.
Certificate of Resolution and By-law Amendments, click here.

To view the Cosmetology Association Policies & Procedures manual, click here.

Safe Body Art Act

The Safe Body Art Act and regulations help to ensure safe practices for businesses offering services like Tattooing, Piercing, and Microblading. 

Please note: The Cosmetology Association does not enforce the Safe Body Art Act. For more information regarding the Safe Body Art Act, please contact the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change.

To view the Safe Body Art Act click here.
To view its Regulations click here.

Please note:
The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia does not provide permits for services that fall within the jurisdiction of the Safe Body Art Act.

The Association will, however, offer information during an inspection regarding the Safe Body Art Act to its Members, salons, and spas.

A list of services covered under the Safe Body Art Act are noted below.

  • Microblading
  • Permanent and Semi-Permanent Make-up
  • Tattooing
  • Piercing

Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, 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 College
Makeup Artistry
7067 Chebucto Road, 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