Nova Scotia Cosmetology School / College: 
Law requires Cosmetologists practising in Nova Scotia to receive formal training for a minimum number of hours in a registered school or college of cosmetology as defined by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advance Education and as specified by the Cosmetology Association's Act and By-Laws. A student enrolled in a program at a registered school or college of cosmetology must register for and successfully pass the Association's Provincial Examination to legally practise cosmetology in Nova Scotia.

Minimum Hourly Requirement
for Licensure

Hairdresser 1500 Hours 
Esthetician 1500 Hours
Nail Technician 300 Hours
Make-up Artist 300 Hours
Eyelash Technician 300 Hours
Body Hair Removal 300 Hours

Consideration is given to those transferring to Nova Scotia from another province or country who possess the skill, experience and credentials for licensure.  For more information regarding credential review, please click here.

 Industry Links :

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

PEI Hairdressers Association

Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick

Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities

Manitoba Apprenticeship

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission

Alberta: Apprenticeship & Industry Training

British Columbia: Beauty Council

Yukon: Apprentices and Trades

NWT: Education, Culture & Employment

Nunavut: Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification

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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