Photo ID

In order to maintain and ensure industry compliance and standards for the protection of the general public and the cosmetologists, all cosmetologists, salons and spas will be required to obtain a photo ID card from the Association by December 31, 2019.

Picture ID's will help to ensure the public and distributors/vendors that cosmetologists, salons and spas are licensed and in complaince (trained in universal precautions and the skills of the trade/profession to  safely provide cosmetology services on the public and shop from the professional distributors). The public and distributors ( Like Maritime Beauty, Euro Beauty and Eastern Esthetics) can now check to ensure a licence is current and up to date allowing you to purchase supplies which are only sold to professionals.

At your request the ID's should help to stop the unlicensed individuals from purchasing professional products for use and distribution to the public,  and those who are not cosmetologists from acting as cosmetologists. Make sure to promote your licence and permit at all times (In person, on social media etc).
The back of the ID or Permit card has a QR code, this code allows anyone to check to see that the licence or permit is current and valid at any time.  The app for the QR code for public viewing can be found on Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.companyname.cosmetology

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Licence cards must always be visible to the public while performing cosmetology services.

First initial ID card is free with your membership.  Members requiring a replacement card will be charged a fee of $20 + hst.

Photo requirements:

  • Your personal photo must be from the shoulders up (similar to a passport photo)
  • Make sure you are looking forward and centered (eyes open)
  • Background should be a light or white wall for personal photos
  • Do not wear shaded glasses or sun glasses
  • Photo must be an up to date photo
  • Photo must be in color
  • Photo must be saved as JPEG or PNG
  • Salons and Spas may use the business logo or upload a photo of the location
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If you are ready to upload your photo and have a member login and password go to the member login area.

Please make sure your email is on file with the Association, as your email is your username. If your email is not on file, please contact the Association at (902) 468-6477 or email info@nscosmetology.ca.

Please note: If you have a personal and salon account, you are required to have two seperate email addresses.  If you have the same email address for both accounts, you will only be able to access one account as they are not linked together.

If you do not have a password, but your email is on file go to the member login page and click on - Click here to retrieve your password.  You will be redirected and asked to re-enter your username and a new password will be emailed to you.


How to upload a photo: 

To upload your personal or salon photo/logo, please follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Go to www.nscosmetology.ca in the upper right corner of the main page, to to LOGIN to access your member area (login to your account).

Step 2 - Once you have gained access to your CANS account, click option "upload photo."
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Step 3
- Choose image from your device (JPEG or PNG), click open and attach image.


Please review your uploaded photo to ensure it meets photo ID requirements.  Once your photo has been sucessfully uploaded, please contact a CANS associate so we can print your new ID card.


Payments to the Association can be made in person, by phone, through mail or by logging into the members area.

The following forms of payment are accepted:
  • Cash
  • Cheque or Money order
  • Debit Visa
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
At this time, money etransfers are unavailabe for use by an Association of this size.  The bank assures the Association they are working on this issue and hope to have it available in the future.

Online payments:

To make an online payment, please follow the steps below:

Step 1
- In your account menu, click "Invoice"
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Step 2 - Under transactions you will see your list of invoices, click on the box "Make A Payment"

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Step 3 - Click "Pay" on each invoice you wish to apply payment to, and click on the box "Proceed To Payment."

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Step 4 - Under outstanding invoices to be paid, enter your credit card number, expiry date, and Security Code (CVV) and click "Process."

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IMPORTANT: Please make sure to only click the process button  once, to ensure your credit card is not charged a double payment.  If a double payment occurs, please contact the Association at (902) 468-6477 ext: 201 to have your payment reversed.
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

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Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE




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