Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

Faculty:School of Hospitality and Tourism (Ottawa)
Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design
Course Based:Yes
Length:16 Week(s)
Careers:Hairstylists and Barbers


Get career-ready, cutting-edge skills in our Salon, Spa and Boutique.

Registered hairstylist apprentices are invited to pursue this Hairstylist (Apprenticeship) Algonquin College Certificate program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Learn cutting-edge skills from industry experts in Algonquin College's world-class hair salon. Through a combination of hands-on application and theoretical instruction, you develop the skills you need for a career as a licensed professional hairstylist in today's high-demand beauty industry.

In order to enrol in this program, applicants must:

  • be currently employed in the trade
  • be formally registered as apprentices with MTCU
  • have a valid Offer of Classroom Training from the MTCU that includes your Ministry Client ID and approved Class Number

Eligibility is determined by the MTCU.

The program provides a total of 480 hours of in-class instruction, which must be supplemented by 3,020 hours of on the job training. Upon completion of these requirements, you write and perform a practical exam to earn your Red Seal Inter-provincial license so you can work as a qualified hairstylist.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must be formally registered as apprentices, must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, must be currently employed in the trade, and must be released by employers to attend the College. Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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