Hairstylist Certificate

Build a career as a RedSeal Endorsed (RSE) Hairstylist. Demand for qualified Hairstylists and barbers continues to grow along with public desire for specialized personal services. This program prepares students for employment in the hair industry by providing them with authentic theory and practical learning experiences, which includes two practicums in Term 2 and 3. This aids in development of knowledge, skill and professionalism to be successful in industry and start the journey to be a RSE Hairstylist.
VCC is the only public institution in Metro Vancouver offering cosmetology programs and RedSeal Endorsed Training.

Program Hours: The Hairstyling program runs 3 days per week 9:00am to 6:00pm and may include Saturdays.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Mar, May, Sep 10 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and only students who pay the required fees (including a non-refundable deposit that cannot be deferred from student loan) are registered into the program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Program Description

Program Description

This 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 hair cutting, 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 Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (these hours could change depending on the intake).

See changes to apprentice financial support.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


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.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 10 English or equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not meet the program admission requirements may be admitted based on an interview with the Department leader or representative.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Sincere interest in administering personal services
  • Interpersonal and communication skills required for providing customer service
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Manual dexterity and creative ability
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good depth perception and ability to perceive line and form
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to plan and work independently
  • Self-motivated and a sense of responsibility
  • Basic writing and numerical skills
  • Interest in art, fashion, creativity or design

Some materials used in the program may affect those with sensitive skin and conditions such as sensitivity to latex or other allergies.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $7,097
Student Union Fee $165
College Initiative Fee $105
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $410
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$284 - Campus Resource Fee
$450 - e-book
$1750 - Approximate Hairstyling kit to be purchased on or before the start of program at VCC Bookstore. Used kits will not be accepted.
$108 - Approximate uniform
$12 - Approximate Name Tag
This is a differential fee program & tuition fees are substantially higher then other programs. At the time of acceptance, a $500 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

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. 


Date Day Time Room Location
January 21, 2020 Tuesday 4 - 5 p.m. 201 Downtown
March 24, 2020 Tuesday 4 - 5 p.m. 201 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(HAIR 1100) Hairstylist Foundation 1
course schedule schedule
17.0 credits course outline

Term 2

(HAIR 1200) Hairstylist Foundation 2
course schedule schedule
18.0 credits course outline

Term 3

(HAIR 1300) Hairstylist Foundation 3
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits course outline

VCC alumni Molly Liu has started her hairstyling career, well, in style. In just over a year, she completed VCC's high school hair design certificate program, earned two medals at Skills Canada competitions in B.C. and Quebec, and got a job at an upscale salon in Vancouver’s Yaletown district.
Grand opening of VCC's hair salon and spa.
VCC's salon and spa store. Hair products galore.
VCC's salon and spa store. Hair products galore.