Job requirements Hairstylist Apprentice in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "hairstylist apprentice" was moved from the group Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) to the group Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 63210).

Find out what you typically need to work as a hairstylist apprentice in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 63210).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Trade certification for barbers is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon.
  • Hairstylists
  • Employers may require applicants to provide a hairstyling demonstration before being hired.
  • Trade certification for hairstylists is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified hairstylists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • In New Brunswick, licensing by the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick is mandatory to use the titles “Hairstylist” or “hairdresser”.
  • Barbers
  • Completion of secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a seven-month to one-year apprenticeship or other barber program is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.
  • Trade certification for barbers is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to barbers, as qualified hairstylists, upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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