Hairstylist - Certificate (2017/18)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$5,683.12
Tuition: $4,491.08
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:101.20
Bus Pass Fee:133.20
Salon Fee:702.64
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$1,192.04

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Hairstylist program at College of the Rockies is a provincially accredited training program designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the Hairstylist Industry. The program provides students with skills that are needed as a first-year apprentice, including those related to salon hygiene practices, effective use and maintenance of tools and equipment, hair cutting, styling, and colouring, chemical waving and relaxing, as well as client service communication skills and basic business management skills. The program is delivered through regular lectures, demonstrations and practical skills training in a salon setting. Students will be assisted in obtaining sponsors from qualified salon settings for three weeks of practicum training. Students are provided with access to the College's Learning Support System to assist them in the development of computer, math and writing skills. Additionally, students will have opportunities to experience and participate in local indigenous community events as related to the Hairstylist program.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 10 or College Assessment
  • ACE-IT requires permission from the Career Education Coordinator
  • Applicants must be non-allergic to the solutions used in this occupation. This occupation is physically demanding and reasonable physical condition is necessary. Strong people skills are required.

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit

Technical Training Content:

HDRP 101 Hygiene, Sanitation and Disinfection Practices

  • Sanitize tools and equipment
  • Disinfect tools and equipment
  • Maintain a safe and hygienic environment

HDRP 102 Use and Maintenance of Tools and Equipment

  • Use and maintain single-use tools and accessories
  • Use and maintain cutting tools
  • Use and maintain styling tools
  • Use and maintain colouring tools
  • Use and maintain perm/relaxing tools
  • Use and maintain client capes
  • Use and maintain sanitizing and disinfecting equipment
  • Use and maintain major equipment
  • Use and maintain office equipment

HDRP 103 Client Service

  • Prepare for client service
  • Communicate effectively with clients and co-workers
  • Consult with clients
  • Analyze facial shape
  • Analyze hair and scalp

HDRP 104 Hair and Scalp Care

  • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
  • Perform scalp massage

HDRP 105 Hair Cutting

  • Cut hair using tools
  • Describe the procedure to cut facial and nape hair

HDRP 106 Hair Styling

  • Prepare and style hair
  • Finish hair

HDRP 107 Chemical Waving and Relaxing of Hair

  • Chemically wave and perm hair

HDRP 108 Hair Colouring

  • Prepare for colouring hair
  • Colour hair
  • Bleach hair
  • Describe the procedure to perform colour correction

HDRP 109 Specialized Services

  • Describe the principles of applying wigs and hairpieces
  • Describe the principles of using hair extensions

HDRP 110 Business Management

  • Perform salon operations
  • Complete financial transactions
  • Maintain product inventory
  • Market products and services

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • write the ITA Certificate of Completion Exam;
  • maintain a safe and hygienic environment;
  • use and maintain sanitizing and disinfecting equipment;
  • use and maintain single use tools, cutting tools, styling tools, perm/relaxing tools, client capes,
  • demonstrate proficiency in practical skills related to hair and scalp care, hair cutting, hair styling, hair colouring, chemical waving and relaxing;
  • describe the principles of applying wigs, hair pieces and extensions;
  • apply skills and knowledge to obtain employment in the hairdressing industry;
  • understand the scope of the hairdressing industry;
  • demonstrate the ability to establish a positive relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis clients;
  • demonstrate a respect for the local indigenous communities;
  • demonstrate a respect for some contemporary and traditional knowledge of local indigenous communities;
  • demonstrate proficiency in communication and customer service skills;
  • perform basic business tasks for a salon setting, including scheduling clients, completing financial transactions, maintaining product inventory, and marketing products and services;
  • incorporate a client centered approach to hairdressing;
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of hairdressing products; and
  • demonstrate initiative, motivation, energy and persistence in meeting client needs.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

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