In the Association's attempt to keep members informed, this page will be updated as required.

2018 AGM
( Information coming soon )

Opening a Salon -
Effective October 15, 2018 new Policy requirements.

Picture IDs

The Association is starting the implementation of picture IDs for 2019. Active members can now log into their own member area on the  Association's website at https://www.nscosmetology.ca/members-area and upload their own photo!  Please note that ID photos must be centered on a plain background (similar to a passport photo) and uploaded in .jpg or .png format). Give it a try!

Apprenticeship Pilot for Hairstylist Trade Update - October 2018 AGM Update -  click here

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) have been working together to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a blended direct-entry pathway for the Hairstylist trade. The Pilot Project was formally announced at the CANS Annual General Meeting on September 17, 2017. To date, we have confirmed 11 participants/apprentices and 10 salons (11 mentors.)

The development of the Hairstyling Apprenticeship Pilot is in response to an identified and expressed need of the industry for an alternative training pathway, as a value-add to the existing method of training Hairstylists. The purpose of the Pilot is to determine the level of engagement of salon owners to train apprentices on-the-job; identify the level of individual interest of those pursuing Hairstyling as a career through this training pathway; and provide a pathway for those who may not be able to access Hairstylist as a career due to various barriers.

The Pilot involves salon owners registering employees as apprentices who will learn the trade of Hairstylist through a combination of on-the-job learning via a mentor Master Hairstylist in the salon over a two-year period (3,600 hours,) during which apprentices will complete two levels of technical training. Each level will consist of the equivalent to ten weeks' technical training (six weeks online and four weeks in-class/lab.) Apprentices will challenge the Red Seal certification examination and be licensed by CANS upon completion of the required skills, hours of learning, and technical training.

Schedule of Apprenticeship Activities
Pilot Project Discussed at AGM

Project Partnership Formed

Project Announced at AGM

Salon Owner Meeting

Private Training Provider Meeting

Recruitment Meeting

Meeting with Salon Owners
and Potential Apprentices

Apprenticeship Registration

Pilot Start Date

Technical Training                                    

Pilot Evaluations

Communications to CANS Members
Oct. 2016

May 3, 2017

Sept. 2017

Nov. 28, 2017

Oct. 27, 2017

Feb. 8, 2018                                           

Mar. 19, 2018

Mar. 26, 2018

 Mar. 26, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018 (online);
February 2019 (in class)

Quarterly (Jun, Sept, Dec, Mar.)

Quarterly (Jul, Oct, Jan, Apr.)

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

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE


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Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
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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, 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
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