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Hairstylist Apprenticeship

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Applications are submitted externally through the VCC website.

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $2,400 (One level)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $400 - $600
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Hairstylist- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact 604.871.7041 or email

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

International students may refer to the VCC International page for details on admission deadlines. 

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact VCC for the next opening.

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Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


For updated details regarding Hairstylist , please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.

Hairstylists shampoo, cut, style and chemically treat hair. They may also provide other services such as scalp treatments and hairpiece services. In some regions, hairstylists may also provide additional services such as basic natural nail services, basic facial care and ear piecing.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes two years to complete.

The technical training is made up of two levels totaling 15 weeks (450 hours). Level One is 10 weeks (300 hours). Level Two is 5 weeks (150 hours). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 3150 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 105 weeks of training.

Note: Due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization initiative the changes to this program were effective April 1, 2021.  For details please view OPSN 2020 008.
Training Content
  • Perform Safety-Related and Hygienic Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Client Service
  • Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
  • Analyze and Respond to Hair and Scalp Conditions
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair & Scalp
  • Cut Diverse Textures of Hair Using Cutting Tools
  • Cut Facial and Nape Hair
  • Style Wet Hair
  • Style Dry Hair
  • Perform Chemical Texture Services on Hair
  • Colour Hair
  • Lighten Hair
  • Perform Colour Correction
  • Perform Services for Hair Extensions, Wigs, and Hairpieces
  • Practice Business Fundamentals


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted



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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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