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Hairstylist Foundation – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 9 months

Total Credits: This program provides credit towards Red Seal Certification

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Silver King

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Hairstylist and credit for Level 1 Technical Training plus 1290 WBT (Work Based Training) hours towards completion of Apprenticeship


Program Summary

Our Hairstylist Foundation program uses highly experienced, supportive instructors to develop an intimate learning environment which teaches the required classroom theory and hands-on training.

From hair care and equipment upkeep to exploring the latest trends in colour and style, Selkirk College will give you a comprehensive overview while teaching you to build strong workplace and client relationships. Practice your classroom learning with real clients in the salon on the Silver King Campus and in a weekly commercial salon practicums.

Students successfully completing the Selkirk College Hairstylist Foundation program will have earned the hours and training required to receive the Industry Authority Certificate of Completion of the Level 1 Foundation program. Subsequent training can help earn the Level 2 Foundation and the Red Seal Certificate of Qualification.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • follow hygiene, sanitation, and disinfection practices.
  • use and maintain tools and equipment.
  • perform client services.
  • demonstrate hair and scalp care.
  • cut hair using standard tools.
  • style hair.
  • chemically wave and relax hair.
  • colour hair.
  • describe the principles of applying wigs, hairpieces, and extensions.
  • perform routine business operations.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of BC grade 10 or equivalent (e.g. GED, ABE Intermediate)
  • Consideration will be given to mature individuals: anyone who is not a secondary school graduate (or equivalent) but who will be nineteen (19) years of age or older on the first day of classes for the term is eligible to attend the College as a mature student

Additional Requirements

  • An interview with an instructor may be required before commencement of the program
  • Applicants must have developed interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Strong "people skills" are a must.
  • Applicants must be non-allergic to the solutions used in this occupation.
  • This occupation is physically demanding and reasonable physical conditioning is necessary.
  • Professional clothes must be worn to all classes and practicum placements (no jeans).

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum of 70% average.

Program Curriculum

See ITA website for program outline.