Get a head start in a career in cosmetology and train as a professional hairstylist while finishing high school. VCC partners with numerous Metro Vancouver school districts to provide exciting career exploration and skill training programs to secondary school students. At VCC, we provide a variety of enrolment options for secondary school students to earn academic and trades training credits. By the time students graduate from high school, they're skilled in a trade and ready to work. This credit program is offered to students attending secondary school in Maple Ridge.
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|Sep||10 months||Certificate||Samuel Robertson||Full-time|
Applicants to this program do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the career program coordinator or administrator for their school district.
Applicants are required to attend an information session at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School. Parents and teachers are welcome.
The hair design program is divided into three levels and is 10 months in length. The first two levels of this program are designed to cover all core aspects of the industry on a progressive scale, demanding an increase in competence at each level. The final level is specifically designed for the student to complete their chosen course of study.
Theoretical knowledge and practical training are covered in such areas as client relations, men's and ladies haircutting, permanent waving, shaving, hair colouring, hair and scalp treatments, facials and manicures, and disorders of the scalp and skin. Salon management, bookkeeping, reception and desk functions, and business services are also an integral part of this program. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive work-based hours of training credit towards an apprenticeship and are eligible to write the ITA exam.
Students who complete both the full-time hair design program and full-time skin and body therapy program are eligible to receive a cosmetology diploma.
Classes are generally held Monday to Thursday, noon - 7 p.m. (subject to change)
This program is eligible for ACE-IT funding. Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT) is a program of the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia. The ACE-IT program provides secondary school districts with funds to pay tuition and other costs associated with industry training. Financial support provided by the ACE-IT program may be used by school districts to financially assist individual secondary school students with paying for college while still attending high school. Funding from the ACE-IT program may not cover all costs to attend college. Students should inquire about additional fees/costs with their school or district.
This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
Some materials used in the program may affect those with sensitive skin and conditions such as sensitivity to latex or other allergies.
Fees and Other costs
|Application Fee||No Fee|
|Student Union Fee||$165|
|College Initiative Fee||$101|
For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.
Make VCC your choice for hairstyling.
Students in the hair design program train in a brand new, state-of-the-art VCC Salon & Spa at the Downtown campus. Come for a tour, speak with instructors and learn what it takes to be successful in this exciting industry.
Unable to make it to an upcoming info session? Learn everything you need to know about the hair design and skin and body therapy programs in this 5-minute video.
|October 23, 2019||Wednesday||4 - 5 p.m.||201||Downtown|
|January 21, 2020||Tuesday||4 - 5 p.m.||201||Downtown|
|March 24, 2020||Tuesday||4 - 5 p.m.||201||Downtown|
Contact Us/Request Info
Contact Us/Request Info
Before you send us an email, please ensure you have reviewed
As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information: