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Who needs to be Licensed?

Individuals engaging in cosmetology for fee, gain, or expectation of reward or remuneration must be licensed by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia by virtue of Bill No.119: An Act Respecting Cosmetology (the “Cosmetology Act.”)

How do you get Licensed?

The Cosmetology Act requires Cosmetologists practicing in Nova Scotia to receive formal training for a minimum number of hours in a registered school of cosmetology as specified by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia’s By-Laws. A student enrolled in a program at a registered school of cosmetology must register for and successfully pass the Provincial Examination to legally practice cosmetology in Nova Scotia.

What if I Studied in a Different Province or Country?

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia recognizes licence reciprocity, interprovincial standards (Red Seal,) and labour mobility policies. Cosmetologists from out of province or country seeking licensure in Nova Scotia must submit a Credential Review Application to the Association for assessment. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis. This process may take up to six to eight weeks. Applications must be submitted as a complete package, and the prescribed fee must be paid in full prior to assessment. Please contact the Association to schedule an appointment if you require assistance with your application. Phone: (902) 468.6477 or email: Info@nscosmetology.ca

Credential Review Application
(Fee: $150+ HST)
Please fill out this form in its entirety. Include as much supporting documentation as possible, and pay special attention to the Application Checklist provided within the application. Click here to access the Credential Review Timeline, as well as the Credential Review Appeal Process.
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3S 1A2
Office: (902) 468.6477
Fax: (902) 468.7147
Toll Free: (800) 765.8757
General Inquiries
info@nscosmetology.ca
Dana Sharkey, Executive Director CAE
dana@nscosmetology.ca
Robert Samson, Compliance Officer
robert@nscosmetology.ca

Hours of Operation
Mon. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tues. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wed. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thurs. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fri. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Schools

Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
363 Windmill Road, 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
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
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

NSCC Annapolis Campus
Hairdressing
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
Hair, Esthetics
372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
Hairdressing
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
Hairdressing
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton