Classes approved for upgrading credit:


The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia provides updated education for licence upgrading and/or professional development - often times at no cost to Members. There is a full list of classes that have been approved for upgrading in the following categories (click on individual links):

Upgrading Classes - Hairdresser
Upgrading Classes - Esthetics
Upgrading Classes - Instructors

Upcoming Education

Members' Quarterly Meeting

TBD following AGM on October 22, 2023.

Infection Control Education

Designed specifically for the beauty industry by Canada’s leader in infection control, CBON’s free online infection control courses offer the highest standard of infection control education available today. Certificates are awarded for each course passed. 
CBON Infection Control


Visiting Instructor Licence

Instructors that are not current residents of Nova Scotia and do not hold a valid Nova Scotia Cosmetology (Instructor) Licence are required to apply for a Temporary Licence (Visitor), in order to instruct in the Province of Nova Scotia.  Please visit the Association's Visiting Cosmetologists page for more information on how to obtain a Temporary Licence (Visitor).

Completed applications can be submitted by fax (902) 468-7147, by email to or visit our office.
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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50 Elliott Road, Middleton
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NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton