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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
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

This program covers all of the required skills needed to work in the Hairstyling trade. Offered in a condensed format, students complete the diploma in one year. Through progressive levels of theory and practical techniques, the program focuses on hands-on training in hair cutting, styling and design, as well as colouring and lightening, chemical texturizing, permanent wave, and hair additions. In addition, students will be introduced to relevant legislation in the trade, health and safety issues, professional ethics, communication skills, and entrepreneurial practices.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie
Summer 2022 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 Transfer Centre website for details:

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 entertainment industry). In addition, graduates may find work in the related industries that supply and manufacture hairstyling products. 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

20 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.

  • ENTR 2012 – Entrepreneurial Skills
  • HAIR 1000 – Professional Issues
  • HAIR 1001 – Health and Safety
  • HAIR 1002 – Client Service
  • HAIR 1003 – Preparatory Procedures and Treatment: Basic
  • HAIR 1004 – Cut Hair: Basic
  • HAIR 1005 – Style Hair: Basic
  • HAIR 1009 – Colour and Lighten Hair: Basic
  • Select1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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