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Apprenticeship

Hairstylist


Duties

Hairstylists cut and style hair to suit the client's face and lifestyle; recommending home care maintenance to ensure each client always looks and feels his or her best.

Hairstylists:
  • shampoo, cut, trim, colour, wave, and style hair, wigs and hairpieces
  • shave, trim and shape beards and mustaches
  • suggest appropriate styling aids or hairstyles
  • analyze hair and scalp and suggest treatment
Hairstylists must keep their station clean and organized. All equipment: scissors, combs, brushes and clippers must be kept in good working condition and sterilized. Those who own or manage a salon also order supplies, pay bills, keep records, hire and supervise employees always encouraging the need for further education.

Working Conditions

Hairstylists work indoors in a professional, clean environment, but must stand all day and sometimes work through their breaks. They may be required to work weekends and evenings and put in extra hours at peak times.

Skills and Abilities

Successful hairstylists are usually creative sales people who get satisfaction from styling hair to suit their client. They must:
  • enjoy people and be patient and helpful serving the public
  • have the physical stamina needed to stand all day and sometimes go without breaks
  • keep up to date with new hair fashions
  • always look and dress professionally
  • stay updated on new supplies, equipment and technology
Employment and Advancement

Most Hairstylists work in beauty salons. Employment opportunities are concentrated in large and medium-sized urban areas, although many smaller communities support small salons. Part-time work is more common than in most other occupations.

Certified Hairstylists wage rates vary, but generally range from $10 to $17 an hour plus benefits.

Hairstylists can move into other areas such as a colour or permanent wave technician who demonstrate new techniques at hair shows or in salons for staff, esthetics or nail technicians. Advancement is usually limited to managing a salon or owning and operating one's own establishment. You may also wish to become a salesperson for a beauty supply house.

Working in Alberta

To work as a Hairstylist in Alberta, a person must be a registered apprentice, an Alberta-certified journeyperson, or hold a valid recognized credential. (see Recognized Trade Certificates)

Hairstylists learn their skills by registering with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to participate in apprenticeship training. Upon successful completion, they are awarded the Alberta Journeyman Certificate.

A hairstylist who holds a valid trade certificate from Alberta or from another Canadian province or territory may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal is recognized throughout most of Canada.

A hairstylist who holds a valid recognized credential that does not have a Red Seal may apply for:
  • an Alberta trade certificate under the Qualification Certificate Program
  • an Alberta Equivalency document under the Equivalency Program.
Hairstylists who:
  • hold a credential that is not recognized or is no longer valid in an Alberta-designated trade, OR
  • can demonstrate their experience, skills and knowledge in an Alberta-designated trade, and meet the standards and requirements established by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board may be eligible to apply for trade certification under the Qualification Certificate Program.
Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Qualification Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, or a valid recognized credential are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.

Apprenticeship Training


The term of apprenticeship for a hairstylist is 2 years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1400 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training each year.
  • An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the Hairstylist trade or holds a related journeyperson certificate and has the employer's recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship. (see Accreditation Information for a list of accredited courses)
  • A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.
  • A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
To learn the skills required of a Hairstylist in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must:
  • satisfy the entrance requirements or pass the entrance exam (see Entrance Level Competencies, Exam Counselling Sheet, Entrance Exam Study Guide, and Entrance Exam Support Materials List)
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice
  • with their employer, complete the Apprenticeship Application and Contract and submit it to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office
  • pay the non-refundable application fee as identified on the application noted above
  • complete the required on-the-job training - during on-the-job training, apprentice hairstylists earn at least minimum wage. Usually the pay increases as the training progresses.
  • complete the required technical training each year (see Course Outline)
  • enroll in technical training (see Technical Training Centre)
  • select an educational institution that offers training for Hairstylist apprentices, and a time to attend training
  • determine requirements for enrolling at the selected institution, and forward completed enrollment form to the selected institution
  • review books and materials required for training (see Textbook and Resource List)
  • successfully complete all required exams (see Exam Counselling Sheets)
  • review the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Policy on Cheating
Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal. (see Exam Counselling Sheets)

    * review the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Policy on Cheating

When apprentices attend technical training, they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase course supplies.

Grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance or contact an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.

Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program


To qualify for a Red Seal, a person must:
  • hold a valid trade certificate in a trade that participates in the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program:
  • an Alberta trade certificate or completion of apprenticeship certificate, OR a journeyperson or completion of apprenticeship certificate issued by another Canadian province or territory
    * for applications based on Alberta certificates
  • complete the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination Application - Alberta Certified (no application fee is required)
  • submit the application to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office
    * for applications based on non-Alberta certificates
  • complete the Qualification Certificate – Recognized Credential Application
  • submit the application to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office
  • pay the non-refundable application fee as identified on the application form
    * prepare for the exam (see Exam Counselling Sheets)
  • review the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Policy on Cheating
  • review available resource materials (see Resource Materials - Hairstylist )
  • successfully complete the required exam
Equivalency Program

To qualify for an Equivalency document based on a recognized credential, a person must:
  • have a valid recognized credential that does not have an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal
  • complete the Equivalency Application and deliver it in person to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office. Government issued photo identification is required.
  • pay the non-refundable application fee as identified on the application noted above

A person who holds a valid recognized credential, as described above, does not require an Alberta Equivalency document to work in the trade in Alberta. However, some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.

Qualification Certificate Program


To qualify for a Qualification Certificate based on a recognized credential, a person must:
  • hold a valid recognized credential that does not have an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal
  • complete the Qualification Certificate – Recognized Credential Application and submit it to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.
  • pay the non-refundable application fee as identified on the application noted above
  • prepare for the exam(s) (see Exam Counselling Sheets)
  • review the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Policy on Cheating
  • review available resource materials (see Resource Materials - Hairstylist)
  • successfully complete the required exam(s)
To qualify for an Alberta Qualification Certificate based on work experience, a person must:
  • have at least 4,200 hours and 36 months of ‘hands-on’ work experience as a hairstylist
Time spent on supervisory or foreman duties, counter work, heading the tool crib, or on a training course is NOT counted as ‘hands-on’ work experience.
  • complete the Qualification Certificate - Work Experience Application (and review the Application Guide) and submit it to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office
  • pay the non-refundable fees as identified on the application noted above
This application fee covers the review of the application, the assessment and confirmation of the applicant's work experience hours/months, the administration of the applicant’s demonstration of competency, and one attempt at the Qualification Certificate theory examination. The Qualification Certificate practical examination requires a separate fee as identified on the application noted above.
  • prepare for the exam(s) (see Exam Counselling Sheets)
  • review the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Policy on Cheating
  • review available resource materials (see Resource Materials - Hairstylist) 
  • successfully complete the required exam(s)
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