VCC International

Career FAQ: Cosmetology Diploma

Posted on June 7, 2021

VCC is the only public institution in Metro Vancouver offering a Cosmetology Diploma. Here's more information about how our students are getting hired, what types of work they do, and how they are supported throughout their programs and job-seeking journeys.


What type of work is expected?

  • Manicure, pedicure, specialized facial treatments, waxing or lash extensions
  • Haircuts, hair colouring, chemical texture services, shampooing, and styling

Where do VCC graduates find employment in Vancouver?


Photo from VCC Cosmetology student's Instagram: @lisa.wang57

What are some examples of position titles?

  • Esthetician, Education or Product Customer Support Representative, Make-Up Specialist, Body Massage Technician, Medical Esthetician, Spa Manager, Spa Business Consultant, Esthetics Instructor, Spa Coordinator
  • Assistant, Apprentice, Junior Stylist, Graduate Stylist, Stylist, Senior Stylist, Colourist, Salon Manager, Salon Owner, Barber, Salon Receptionist, Hairstylist Instructor/Educator


Photo from VCC Cosmetology student's Instagram: @sam.beautysalon


What is the salary range of VCC students and alumni?

  • Hourly wage: $16.52 for Esthetician and $16.41 for Hairstylists
  • Additional gratuities between 15% and 30%
  • Additional commission for product sales between 10% and 20%

How does VCC prepare students for employment?

  • Students practice customer service skills in VCC salon/spa by consulting with clients, and making recommendations under teacher supervision. Students also take turns running the reception desk, answering phone calls, booking appointments, and selling products.
  • VCC arranges guest speaker sessions, from salon/spa owners and product companies, to share industry insights, updates and product information with students.
  • Students learn to create resumes and cover letters.
  • Students practice entrepreneurship skills with business plan projects.
  • Many VCC students are hired through their practicum.


What are the English entrance requirements?

  • IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0), or equivalent

Other useful information about the program


Check out VCC Cosmetology Diploma student's posts about practicing on campus:

Photo from VCC Cosmetology student's Instagram: @true.living.aesthetics