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


  • In addition to the written examination, candidates are required to undertake a practical assessment. Details of the assessment criteria are contained within the Hairstylist Practical Assessment Information package.
  • Please note that there is a fee attached to the practical assessment which is set by the assessment agency and will be approximately $500. 

To book a practical assessment, contact North Pacific at:



  • The Foundation program for this trade requires a 300 hour practicum in order to meet completion requirements. Instructors will need to fill out this form for each Foundation student and send it in alongside their class marks.
Your Record Book

Program Updates:

Standardized Level Exam (SLE) Updates

SLE Weighting Charts

Interprovincial Exam Updates

  • Program Update As of July 2021, Interprovincial exams written for Hairstylist are aligned to the 2019 Hairstylist Red Seal Occupational Standard.

Interprovincial Exam Information

If you already have a certification in the Hairstylist trade and would like to attain the Red Seal certification, please see this flowchart for the challenge process that applies to you.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 155.62 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 789.67 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 171.16 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 178.62 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 206.52 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 289.04 KB)