Hairstylist – High School

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Learn the foundations of professional hairstyling and earn credits toward your B.C. trade certificate while still in high school.

Tuition: *
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Offsite Offsite
Start Dates: Sep
Job openings predicted
Job openings predicted

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

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

What to expect

The Hairstylist Certificate program is designed to meet the training needs of the Industry and the required training objectives established by SkilledTradesBC. 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.

Admission requirements


English 10 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

Candidates considering this program are likely to be most successful as graduates if they are in good health and are aware that health concerns such as asthma, respiratory problems, skin conditions and eczema may be present in this career. 

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Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

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