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Trade Description:

Hairstylists use a range of specialty equipment and products to cut, style, colour and chemically treat hair. Duties also include treating the hair, scalp and related skin conditions. Classroom instruction includes developing a working knowledge of workplace health and safety, as well as personal and public hygiene. Hairstylists enjoy working with, and meeting people. They need to be able to stand for long periods of time, maintain a well-groomed and professional appearance, and keep up-to-date with styles, supplies and technologies.

Employers include salons, hair replacement clinics, studios and retail product sales companies.

When registering as an apprentice, enrolment in or completion of technical training is required.

In addition to a Red Seal endorsed certification-theory examination, a practical examination is required for this trade.

Trade Regulation PDF Document Prepping for the Exam - Booklist
National Occupational Analysis Sample Exams
Authorization to Practise form - Persons working in the trades of Esthetician, Electrologist, and Hairstylist must have an Authorization to Practise to legally work in Manitoba. A new authorization to practise is granted to a person working in the above three followings trades and who has:
  • Received a Certificate of Qualification in the trade; or
  • Received a Certificate Recognition Letter of Approval from Apprenticeship Manitoba, which demonstrates the requirements of the Agreement on Internal Trade have been met.
*Effective June 3, 2019, there is no longer a $75 fee required for new Authorization to Practise or Re-instatement of Authorization to Practise forms.

Apprenticeship - Annual Requirements:

Levels Total Hours/Year
(On-the-Job & Technical Training)
Total Weeks/Year
(Technical Training)
Delivered By
2 1,500 1,400 hours Various

Training Standards:

PDF Document Level One PDF Document Level Chart
PDF Document NOA Subtask to Unit Comparison PDF Document Profile Chart
PDF Document Practical Exam Information for Candidates
PDF Document Practical Exam Information for Candidates (French)
PDF Document Verification of Enrolment for Technical Training

Challenging the Exam - Trades Qualification:

Years of Experience Hours Required Additional Practical
3 4,500 Yes
PDF Document Employer Declaration | PDF Document Employer Declaration (FR)
PDF Document Statutory Declaration | PDF Document Statutory Declaration (FR)

Accredited Programs:

Apprenticeship Trade Training Institution -
Secondary Schools 
Training Institution -
Post-Secondary Schools
Training Institution
Program Name
Hours of Accredited Technical Training
Hairstylist __ Aveda Institute Hairstyling Program 1,400
College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Dauphin Regional Comprehensive School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Frontier Collegiate Institute __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
__ H & Co Academy Hair. Nail. Skin Hairstyling Program 1,060
__ Helen Betty Osborne Ininew Education Resource Centre Hairstyling Program 1,400
Kildonan East Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre Hairstyling Program 1,400
Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology Hairstyling Program 1,400
__ MC College Hairstyling Program 1,400
Miles Macdonell Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Northlands Parkway Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Portage Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
R. B. Russell Vocational School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
R.D. Parker Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Rossburn Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
St. James Collegiate __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Steinbach Regional Secondary School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
Swan Valley Regional Secondary School __ Hairstyling Program 1,400
__ Systems Beauty College Hairstyling Program 1,400
__ Systems Beauty College Distance Education Hairstyling Program 1,400
__ The Salon Professional Academy Hairstyling Program 1,400
UCN - Mary Duncan School __ Hairstylist Program 1,400