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Hairstyling Certificate

Train with our experienced, professional instructors in a program that combines hands-on skills and technical knowledge. We offer small class sizes and a comfortable learning environment. Our program is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship Industry Training, and upon successful completion, you'll be able to work in the industry.

The program consists of 1,400 hours of classroom theory and practical hands-on training. Key areas focus on haircutting, face shaving, colouring, chemical texturizing, and design. An important component of the program is establishing and maintaining effective client relations.

After graduation, you will need to complete 2,900 hours of work experience under a journeyman hairstylist as required by AIT

Hairstyling at Portage

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Career Potential

As a recognized program by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), the Hairstyling program will prepare you to write your theory and practical provincial exams upon successfully completion. With a journeyperson ticket and Red Seal certification, you can work anywhere in Canada.

As a certified hairstylist, you can work hours that meet your lifestyle, part-time or full-time, in a well-paid job. Whether you decide to continue working in an established salon or start a home based business, this is truly a flexible, high demand occupation. 

Credentials


Certificate

Admission Requirements

Recommended:
English 30-2
Math 30-3
Physics 20
Chemistry 20 or Science 20
Related Career and Technology (CTS) courses

Minimum:
English 10-2
Math 10-3
or a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational (GED) tests

Students without Minimum Requirements or Mature Status must complete either of the two options below:

  • CAAT-C Stanine 5 reading comprehension, Total Math
  • Or pass the Alberta Apprenticeship Entrance Exam

Documents

Proof of above (transcripts)

Dual Credit/High school credits Recognition ( Note: CTS Course Completion Records from AIT, Trades Secrets are required)

Maximum 10 credits. 70% pass in each course.

Transferability N/A

Program Start/End Date
August 22, 2022 to June 23, 2023 (Fall, Winter and Spring Terms)

Application Deadline
August 15, 2022

Location
Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2022

Tuition $4,731.10
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $4,980.77

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $4731.10
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $4,980.77

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $9,961.54

Part-time Fees
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $135. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $135.

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International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2022

Tuition $14795.55
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $15,045.22

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $14193.30
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $14,442.97

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $29,488.19

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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $1500

Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

Hairstyling

  • HAIRSTYLING FOUNDATIONS

    Course ID: HAIR120

    Name: HAIRSTYLING FOUNDATIONS

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 3

    This is the beginning of your hairstyling journey. This course covers a wide range of topics to get you started. You will begin by learning safe work practices and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety Standards, infection control and hygiene. You will also study anatomy and physiology of the human body.

  • HAIR AND SCALP CARE

    Course ID: HAIR121

    Name: HAIR AND SCALP CARE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will learn to appropriately perform shampoo and hair treatments in a salon setting. They will also learn about selected types of shampoos and conditioners, and their application in the treatment of hair and scalp conditions. Brushing and massaging techniques will also be developed. In this course students will learn about hair structure, chemistry and growth and the hair analysis process. They will also study mechanical, environmental, chemical and thermal damage of hair and be able to describe and treat hair and scalp disorders.

  • SALON OPERATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS

    Course ID: HAIR122

    Name: SALON OPERATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 3

    In this course students will learn how to gather client information, keep accurate client records and use this data to ensure predictable results for all services. They will develop communication skills required in the hairstyling industry and learn to recommend and prescribe professional hair care products for client's home use. Salon operations, marketing products and services will also be covered. In this course, students will learn to appropriately drape clients for services use, care and maintenance of tools will be included.

  • HAIRCUTTING

    Course ID: HAIR123

    Name: HAIRCUTTING

    Hours: 250

    Credits: 17

    In this course you will learn to describe and perform the basic types of haircuts using multiple cutting and texturizing techniques. Trim and remove facial and nape hair. You will be able to perform appropriate hair styling techniques after haircuts.

  • SALON 1

    Course ID: HAIR124

    Name: SALON 1

    Hours: 178

    Credits: 4

    The entirety of this course takes place in our state of the art salon. This courses focuses on applied skills acquired throughout the program in a live salon setting. The course includes daily course evaluations, practical and written exam, and prepares the student for their Provincial exam, and Apprenticeship.

  • HAIR COLOURING

    Course ID: HAIR220

    Name: HAIR COLOURING

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 10

    Hair colouring services provide stylists and clients with an opportunity for creative expression and artistry. In this course, you will develop techniques in determining which products and hair colour services are appropriate for your client. Students will learn to describe the categories of colour and its effect on hair. They will also be able to describe and demonstrate colour application techniques and procedures and apply the Law of Colour to create and mix colour formulations.

  • HAIRSTYLING

    Course ID: HAIR221

    Name: HAIRSTYLING

    Hours: 104

    Credits: 7

    In this course you will develop your ability to design and create hairstyles using a variety of styling tools. Basic techniques taught will allow students to manipulate and form hair into shapes, styles, add volume and perform basic finishing techniques. By the end of the course you will be able to create hairstyles from wet to dry.

  • CHEMICAL TEXTURIZING

    Course ID: HAIR222

    Name: CHEMICAL TEXTURIZING

    Hours: 102

    Credits: 7

    In this course you will be introduced to the history of chemical texturizing, perming and hair relaxing services, which alter the physical appearance of the hair through chemical changes.

  • SPECIALIZED SERVICES

    Course ID: HAIR 223

    Name: SPECIALIZED SERVICES

    Hours: 35

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will learn techniques for application and removal of hair extensions. Students will also be able to describe various wigs and wig maintenance procedures. This course will also explain the requirements for the Interprovincial Red Seal examination.

  • SALON 2

    Course ID: HAIR224

    Name: SALON 2

    Hours: 444

    Credits: 10

    The entirety of this course takes place in our state of the art salon. This course focuses on applied skills acquired throughout the program in a live salon setting. The course includes daily course evaluations, practical and written exam, and prepares the student for their Provincial exam, and Apprenticeship.

  • WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEM

    Course ID: SAFE071

    Name: WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEM

    Hours: 4

    Credits: 0

    Students will discuss hazardous materials used in the workplace and how to find the information needed to work safely with hazardous materials. Understanding the classification of hazard symbols are covered.

The Portage College Hair Salon is NOW OPEN!

Our Hairstyling students are your stylists, and as they progress in their training, they can accept clients. For a list of services and to book an appointment click on the button.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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