Master Esthetics/Specific Licence Approved Professional Developement Classes.


A Cosmetologist (Esthetics) 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. 

A Master Cosmetologist (Esthetics) must successfully complete one (1) accredited professional developement class every second calendar year in order to be eligible for a Master licence status.

IMPORTANT: any individual that obtained Master Licence designation after January 1, 2019, must maintain that designation by providing the Cosmetology Association with confirmation of one approved upgrading credit every two years in order to qualify for Master designation.

NOTE - If you would like to take a specific program that is not approved for upgrading and you feel it should be an approved course for upgrading, please, have the instructor or company contact the Association to have the program approved or visit 

If you are unsure whether or not a 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 (listed below):

 BioSpa(Sharon Quan) Exfoliation Peel  1

BioSpa (Sharon Quan)

Dermaplaning 1
BioSpa (Sharon Quan) Gua Sha & Facial Cupping 1
Euro Beauty 
Threading Certification 

Euro Beauty  Dermaplaning PLUS

Euro Beauty  Sugaring Ex'Pert Hair Removal 1 
Euro Beauty Brow Lamination by Refectocil 1 
Euro Beauty Lash Lift by Refectocil 1 
NA School of Podology Certified Master Pedicurist 2 
Kimberlea Aesthetics Dermaplaning 1
K. Matthews Advanced Skin Consultation          1
Lov'En Lashes Advanced Lash Course 1
Medika Beauty Institute Inc.  Skin Peel Course

Medika Beauty Institute Inc. Dermaplaning Advance Course 2
Medika Beauty Institute Inc. Hydro & Microdermabrasion Course 2
Medika Beauty Institute Inc. Biomedika Pro Course  1
Medika Beauty Institute Inc. Skin Consultation & Skin Diseases Course  0.5
Medika Beauty Institute Inc. Brow Lamination  0.5
North American School of Podology Certified Master Pedicure Program 2
 The Canadian Beauty Link Inc.
The AFA Peel System 1
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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CBBC - Halifax
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NSCC Annapolis Campus
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
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372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton