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

AGM Event 2019 -
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Location: Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth N.S.   
Watch for AGM updates on the Association's website and Facebook page.  Hope to see you there!

Atlantic Provinces Unite
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Picture ID - The Cosmetolology Associaton is coming to an area near you with the opportunity to get your new licence ID card!  Please click here to view upcoming schedule.

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 (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
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Fax: (902)468-7147
Toll Free: (800)765-8757

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Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE




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