Certificate in Hairstylist Foundation

Program Description

Students receive training according to the provincial Hairstylist Apprenticeship curriculum, as established by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) of British Columbia. Students who complete the NLC Foundation program are taught in a salon environment for the majority of their 990 hours and are credited with 300 work-based training hours. 

Students are introduced to the basics of haircuts, styles, shampoo and scalp treatments as well as the training needed to chemically treat hair using colour and permanent treatments. Students will also learn the business and communication skills that are required to work in a salon environment.

Students will create a personal portfolio showcasing their skills and creativity which will help them market their talent to prospective clients and employers.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation program and a further 1290 hours of work-based training, students may enroll in the Hairstylist Apprenticeship Program.

Career Prospects

Well-trained hairstylists are in demand. Graduates who have obtained their ITA Red Seal certification are qualified to secure employment in large or small salons, or they may wish to open their own business. The following career opportunities are available to program graduates: hairstyling, technician, platform artist, salon management, cruise ship salon operator, film stylist, instructor, inspector, examiner, and salesperson. 


Location: Dawson Creek South Peace Campus

Length: Approximately 32 weeks (967 hours)

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Admission Prerequisites

Math – one of the following:
BC Math 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or BC Math 11 or BC Math 12 (minimum final grade of C), or equivalent.
MATH 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 10 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
Science – one of the following:
BC Science 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or equivalent.
SCIE 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.


ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.


Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
  •        Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  •        Science: 11.00 grade equivalent or higher
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.


Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.

The following course is recommended prior to the start of the program:
•           Superhost  

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Basic student equipment kit will be included in instructional related fees. The kit includes tools necessary for the program.
  3. Students are expected to wear black pants and white shirts to class. Professional clothing must be worn to all practicums. 
  4. Graduates are required to write the British Columbia Certificate of Qualification written examination, if they wish to pursue working in the province. Students are responsible for all fees associated with any external examinations. Students who have completed a formal apprenticeship will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
  5. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  6. As NLC’s South Peace campus is connected to the Dawson Creek High School - South Peace campus, the Criminal Records Review Act requires that all students over the age of 19 before classes begin must complete a Schedule Type B Criminal Record Check (CRC). Costs related to the CRC will be paid by the College; please contact the NLC Admissions Officer for more information.
  7.  Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
  8. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide. 

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Do you need more information?
Contact trades@nlc.bc.ca