Get top professional training in hairstyling and esthetics while practicing business management and serving real clients in VCC’s state-of-the-art salon and spa.

Tuition: 38393*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Downtown Downtown

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What you will learn

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Perform all duties of a hairstylist in accordance with industry health and safety standards related to hygiene, sanitation and disinfection practices.
  2. Use and maintain tools and equipment according to industry standards.
  3. Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills with clients and co-workers.
  4. Identify the structure and functions of the skin and the hair and recognize possible disease and disorders
  5. Perform shampooing, conditioning and scalp massaging services using the correct manipulations and professional haircare products.
  6. Demonstrate elevated and non-elevated haircuts using a variety of tools and techniques.
  7. Perform wet and dry hair styling using a variety of styling techniques, products and tools.
  8. Apply the fundamentals of preparing and applying professional colour and lightening products using specific applications and techniques.
  9. Demonstrate permanent wave procedures using a variety of tools and techniques.
  10. Describe the types and purposes of hair extensions, wigs and hairpieces.
  11. Apply fundamental business management knowledge and skills needed to operate a hair salon.

Upon successful completion of the Esthetics Certificate students will be able to:

  • Practice skin and body therapies in accordance with safety, hygiene, and sanitation standards and regulations.
  • Describe human anatomy, physiology and chemical composition specific to concerns relating to nail, skin, body, and hair removal treatments.
  • Perform spa treatments based on client consultation, skin analysis and nutritional needs.
  • Apply the principles of colour and design to lash, brow and specialized makeup techniques.
  • Perform in an ethical and professional manner conducive to spa environments.
  • Apply retail business administration practices and marketing techniques for operating a spa.

What to expect

The Hairstylist Certificate program is designed to meet the training needs of the Industry and the required training objectives established by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The Hairstylist program provides a wide range of student learning opportunities in the classroom, salon and workplace settings. Students will gain hands-on practical experience working with clients in the VCC Salon and Spa. Industry work experience provides students with additional opportunities to apply their knowledge and technical skills in a workplace setting. Classroom instruction is designed for students to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills which will be applied for success in the VCC Salon and Spa.

Active student learning and participation is emphasized throughout the program to promote the development of knowledge, technical skills and professional behaviour required for success in the industry. Lectures, demonstrations, group work, peer assessment, reflective journaling, and project based learning strategies are used throughout the program to promote student leaning.

Practical training is conducted in a fully equipped spa where treatments are offered as to the public, providing authentic industry experience preceded by the necessary theory.

Related theoretical content is delivered through lectures, demonstrations and various teaching aids in the classroom and is continuously integrated into the practical work.

Strategies include:

  • Guest speakers such as product experts and spa owners
  • Field trips such as trade shows, supply houses and skills competitions
  • Case studies such as industry trends and skin analysis

Participation is integral to the development of practical skills in this program; therefore, students assume the role of client, therapist and spa coordinator.

Work practicum offers students spa industry work experience, opportunities to practice knowledge and skills learned at the college and potential for employment.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 10 English or equivalent.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Courses *

Program general hours

Classes are run 3 days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Monday to Wednesday or Thursday to Saturday. Students will be expected to attend classes in the cohort schedules that are assigned to them. Although classes are only offered 3 days a week, students are expected to study, prepare for exams, and work on assignments during the remainder of the week.

Class times are subject to change.

Students may start with either the Hairstylist or Esthetics and Spa Therapy certificate, depending on seat availability upon admission.


Hairstylist Certificate

Term OneCredits
HAIR 1100 Hairstylist Foundation 1 17
  Credits 17
Term Two
HAIR 1200 Hairstylist Foundation 2 18
  Credits 18
Term Three
HAIR 1300 Hairstylist Foundation 3 6
  Credits 6
  Total Credits 41


Esthetics Certificate

ESTH 1101 Esthetics & Spa Therapy 1 16
ESTH 1201 Esthetics & Spa Therapy 2 16
ESTH 1301 Esthetics & Spa Therapy 3 7
Total Credits 39

This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tool kit: approximately $4,250 plus tax (subject to change). Check the Bookstore for updates and other required materials.

Tuition Deposit

12250 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 38393
Student union384
College initiative236
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource384
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 840
Program-specific extra fees450
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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Jan, Mar 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
May 2024
(Spring/Summer term)
June 01, 2023
Sep, Oct, Nov 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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