A Hairstyling student wearing an apron and using a comb and a pair of scissors to trim a client's hair

Start your career as a certified hairstylist

Hairstyling Ontario College Diploma program

Hands-on experience in our salon. Get your in-school hours for trade certification exam. Outstanding facilities, experienced instructors.

Program code HAIR
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) In-person and hybrid option What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

This program covers all the skills required to work in the Hairstyling trade. Offered in a condensed 3-semester format, students complete the diploma in one year through progressive levels of theory and practical techniques. Students are introduced to relevant legislation in the trade, health and safety issues, professional ethics, communication skills, and entrepreneurial practices, including preparation for entering into the workforce. The program focuses on hands-on training in hair cutting and styling, hair design, as well as colouring and lightening, permanent wave, and hair additions. Students also take a specialized course in relaxing/smoothing, colouring, cutting, and styling different hair textures.

Interested in an apprenticeship? Georgian also offers a Hairstylist apprenticeship program. Visit the apprenticeships page to learn more and find out how to apply.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Summer 2024 Barrie
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Hairstyling program?

Hairstyling admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Why study Hairstyling at Georgian?

Hands-on experience in our on-campus salon

Gain work experience and confidence in a real-world environment on real clients in Georgian’s Hair Studio.

This full-service, student-run hair salon offers cuts and treatments to our community, overseen by experienced teaching professionals.


Enjoy small class sizes

At Georgian, our small class sizes mean beneficial one-on-one learning in a mentor-style relationship with your instructors.


Start your career in just one year

Georgian’s Hairstyling diploma program is designed with three back-to-back semesters so you can graduate career-ready in just one year!

    What career paths can I take as a hairstylist?

    Your Hairstyling diploma gives you many career opportunities

    Graduates of this program will have completed all required in-school hours for the trade certification exam. Certified Hairstylists may find work in a variety of hair salons or other businesses that require similar services (for example, the fashion and entertainment industry). In addition, graduates may find work in the related industries that supply and manufacture hair styling products, including positions as brand educators or sales representatives. In certain circumstances, individuals with an Ontario College Diploma may acquire additional educational credentials, which could offer enhanced employment opportunities.

    Experiential learning opportunities

    Experience Georgian: Inside the Georgian Hair Studio

    The Georgian Hair Studio is a creative hub on the Barrie Campus.

    Inside, professor Rena Lang teaches students a variety of hairstyling services they’ll be expected to perform in salons they work at or own in the future.

    In this video, Rena demonstrates colouring techniques.

    What courses are included in the Hairstyling diploma program?

    Course overview

    19 Program Courses
    2 Communications Courses
    3 General Education Courses

    Program-specific courses

    Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Hairstyling program outline.

    • HAIR 1010 – Preparatory Procedures and Treatments
    • HAIR 1011 – Health and Safety
    • HAIR 1012 – Style Hair: Basic
    • HAIR 1013 – Cut Hair: Basic
    • HAIR 1014 – Colour and Lighten Hair: Basic
    • HAIR 1015 – Client Services
    • HAIR 1016 – Professional Issues
    • Select1 course from the communications list during registration.
    • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

    Your course delivery method(s)

    In-person and hybrid option

    In this program, some courses will provide an option to choose fully in person or fully online. You’ll choose one delivery method, that fits your circumstances, for the duration of the semester.

    Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    How long is the Hairstyling program at Georgian?Georgian College Chevron

    Our Hairstyling diploma program is three semesters in length. The semesters run back-to-back, resulting in one full year of studies.

    The program begins in January, May and September each year.

    How do I go about getting my provincial licence after I finish the program?Georgian College Chevron

    Once you have successfully completed the Hairstyling diploma program, you’re required to apprentice under a licenced hairstylist for set duration before you’ll be eligible to write your provincial exam for licensing.

    What’s the difference between a hairstyling diploma program and an apprenticeship program?Georgian College Chevron

    Georgian’s Hairstyling diploma program is a full-time program, with courses five days per week for one year (42 weeks). After successfully completing the program, you’re required to complete your apprenticeship hours to then write the provincial exam for licensing.

    An apprenticeship program is delivered one day per week for two years through the Ontario College of Trades. The apprenticeship allows you to work while completing your mandatory in-class hours. Learn more about our Hairstyling Techniques apprenticeship program.

    Do hairstylists have a good earning potential?Georgian College Chevron

    Yes, a successful hairstylist can make a very good income. As with any career, you must apply yourself and commit to continued education and building your clientele.

    What other opportunities does a hairstylist have besides working behind the chair?Georgian College Chevron

    There are many career opportunities for hairstylists beyond working behind the chair to service clients.

    As a hairstylist, you may choose to educate with or work for sales suppliers, work on cruise ships and travel while earning an income, provide hairstyling services on movie sets and to guest artists on stage, open your own business, and more!

    If I want to become a barber, is this program right for me?Georgian College Chevron

    Yes, absolutely. In Ontario, barbers are required to complete a hairstyling program the same as an aspiring hairstylist would.

    Do you have questions about Hairstyling? Contact us!

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    Contact our student recruitment team to explore your study options.

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    Are you an international student?

    Contact our international recruitment team to learn more about studying at Georgian. 

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