Nova Scotia Cosmetology School or College

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. 

Law requires Cosmetologists practicing 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 Advanced 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 practice cosmetology in Nova Scotia.

Minimum Hourly Requirement for Licensure
Hairdressing 1500 Hours 
Esthetics 1500 Hours
Nail Technology 300 Hours
Make-up Artistry 300 Hours
Eyelash Extensions 300 Hours
Body Hair Removal 300 Hours

For more information on training schools and programs, please click here.

Please note:
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 the Credential Review Process please choose one of the following links:
For information on application assessment, please view the Cosmetology Association's Provincial Examination & COVID-19 Guidelines. 
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 


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

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton