Hairstylist Apprenticeship In-school Training

Hairstylist is a compulsory trade in Ontario, which means you need an Ontario College of Trades certificate of qualification to work as one. In order to meet this requirement, you must complete an apprenticeship involving both sponsored on-the-job training and in-school training. Hairstylist apprenticeships are handled solely through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Employment Ontario apprenticeship training offices. (To learn about how to prepare for and start your hairstylist apprenticeship, visit the Apprenticeship in Ontario web page.) However, when it comes time to do your in-school training, you can choose to take your courses through the George Brown College School of Makeup and Esthetics.


In-school Training Essentials:

You will be required to purchase our hairstyling textbook package for this in-school training. Our hairstyling textbook package costs approximately $385 (plus tax) and includes all the textbooks and workbooks you need for this training. You should be prepared to purchase the textbook package on the first day of class as there will be weekly reading assignments. You will also be required to purchase our hairstyling kit for this in-school training. Our hairstyling kit will be reviewed on the first day, and you will be provided with a list. All the supplies required for this in-school training can be purchased at our Makeup and Esthetics Student Store. However, if you already have some supplies or wish to purchase your supplies elsewhere, there is no obligation to buy your kit from George Brown College.


Before you can start taking courses, you must be working in the hairstyling industry under the guidance of a ministry-approved sponsor, you must have your apprenticeship training registered with the ministry, you must be a member of the Ontario College of Trades, and you must have received and accepted an offer letter from the ministry. To accept an offer of classroom training from the ministry, you need to submit the Apprenticeship Application for Admission to the George Brown College School of Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades. You can send it via fax to 416-415-4289 or via email to, or you can bring it in person to any Student Service Centre. For more information, contact an Apprentice Registration Service Specialist at 416-415-5000, ext. 4892.

Completion Details

The in-school training consists of two levels: each level consists of 240 hours delivered one day (six hours) a week over the course of one academic year. You must complete 480 hours of in-school training. However, training to become a Hairstylist takes about 3,500 hours total, which means you must complete an additional 3,020 hours of on-the-job work experience. Training to be a hairstylist takes about two years to complete, and you must pass the hairstylist certification examination before you can apply to become certified and registered in the trade.

The course requirements as well as their details and schedules are available by contacting the School of Makeup and Esthetics.

Additional Information

Have Questions?

For details about the Hairstylist trade and its apprenticeship program, read the Hairstylist trade fact sheet produced by the Ontario College of Trades. For details about the Hairstylist apprenticeship in-school training offered at George Brown College, contact the Continuing Education School of Makeup & Esthetics at 416-415-5000, ext. 4070, at or by visiting the school at St. James Campus, 193 King St. E., Building G (SJG), first floor.