Online Upgrading During COVID-19

During these trying times, the Association's Executive Board has approved online training for upgrading purposes only, retroactive to March 20th, 2020. 
Any online course taken for an upgrade must be completed through any of the following companies:
*Maritime Beauty
*Euro Beauty

*Eastern Esthetics/LCN Canada
*Any of the approved companies/individuals found in the Association's courses in the links at the bottom of this page. 
Credits remain the same: 1/2 credit for each 4 hour class. Please note: classes can be combined to meet the 4 hour requirement for 1/2 credit.

Online Courses Now Available for Approved Upgrading During COVID-19:

Please see this link for current approved online courses from Maritime Beauty, Euro Essentials, Eastern Esthetics/LCn CanadaMore classes will be added by the Association as the are reviewed and approved. 

Please visit these link for online courses in Infection Control. Hosted by  "PREempt" and "Barbicide"  Great time to refresh your Sanitation and Sterilization knowledge!

Here is a link to a new class that has just been scheduled by Matrix is "Color & Cut with Julio and Derrick". Sign up with the Eventbrite link in the attachment.

Another new addition by Wahl’s Online Education Platform on Skilljar. Details and registration can be found in the link. 
The following are important requirements for the Association to upgrade your licence.
1) Course instructor must confirm participation of the participant throughout the course - from start to completion.
2) Course will provide certification of course completion or instructor will notify the Association of completion - including name, licence number, etc.
3) Members will submit the upgrade application to the Association when they are ready to upgrade, confirming any upgrade classes they have attended.

This is an unprecendented exception to the rules and guidelines under special circumstances. This exception will remain in place until such time as the State of Emergency has been lifted in Nova Scotia.

Master Licence Qualifications

A Cosmetologist ( Hairstylist or Aesthetician ) must have three (3) years' consecutive working experience in a registered cosmetology establishment plus three (3) approved upgrading credits in order to be eligible for a licence upgrade to Master licensure. 

Advanced Courses PageIf you are unsure whether or not a past course you have completed is recognized as an approved course, please contact the Association or review the list of courses currently approved by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia below:

Approved Upgrading Hairdressing Courses

(Updated February 2020)

Approved Upgrading Courses for Esthetics, Nail Technician, Make Up Artistry, Eyelash Enhancement

(Updated February, 2020)

Approved Upgrade Classes for Instructors

Milady Master Educator , October 2020

Training Course Approval

Cosmetologists are always looking for educational classes to keep up with new trends in the industry.  Cosmetologists working towards their Masters are required to have credits towards their upgrade, and how they obtain these credits are through the CANS Approved Upgrading Courses.
Companies are encouraged to register their cosmetology courses and become apart of our Approved Upgrading list to help Cosmetologist advance in their field.

How to submit courses for approval?
All courses categorized as an advanced training prerequisite for licence upgrading must first be approved by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia.
Please complete the Advanced Training Course Approval form in it's entirety and submit to the Association together with the application fee $50 plus applicable taxes, to receive recognition and approval.  
Please provide a brief description detailing how participants will be evaluated and a copy of the evaluation form given to participants upon course completion.  
Course Outline:
Course Outline should include the following listed below:
  • Curriculum
  • Agenda for the day
  • Hourly Breakdown
  • Theory and Practical breakdown hours
  • Test/Questionnaires

Visiting Instructor Licence:

Instructors that do not hold a Nova Scotia Cosmetology Licence are required to apply for a Temporary Licence (Visitor), in order to instruct in the Province of Nova Scotia.  Please go to our Visiting Cosmetologist page for more information on how to obtain a Temporary Licence (Visitor).
Completed applications can be submitted by fax (902) 468-7147, email j or walk-in.

Please note: All advanced courses expire one year following CANS approval date and must be resubmitted for further recognition.

Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing.


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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