About this Apprenticeship

  • Length:2 to 2.5 Years
  • Class Location:Welland Campus
  • Starts In:Fall
  • Credential:Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • School of:Trades

Apprentices complete 480 hours of college instruction and approximately 4 years of on-the-job training over a two-year period.

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This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



Please be advised that the curriculum you have selected is for a past or future term. The remaining information on this website is reflective of the most recent intake term, unless stated otherwise.

Term one (2018 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1160 Ethics, Regulation and Policy 1
APPR1161 Health and Safety 1
APPR1163 Entrepreneurial Skills 1 1
APPR1162 Professional Development 1
APPR1164 Client Service 1
APPR1165 Preparatory Procedures and Treatments 1 1
APPR1166 Cut Hair 1 3
APPR1167 Style Hair 1 3
APPR1168 Permanent Wave Hair 4
APPR1169 Colour and Lighten Hair 1 4
Term two (2019 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1263 Entrepreneurial Skills 2 1
APPR1264 Hair Additions 2
APPR1265 Preparatory Procedures and Treatments 2 1
APPR1266 Cut Hair 2 4
APPR1267 Style Hair 2 4
APPR1268 Chemically Relax Hair 4
APPR1269 Colour and Lighten Hair 2 4

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Grade 12 equivalency, and
  • Employment in the trade

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Our Award Winning Students

We are proud of our Skills Canada winners! Our apprentices have been medal recipients each year for the past 8 years. Here are our Annual Provincial Technology Skills Competition winners:

  • 2012: Cassandra Botelho – (Gold), Nancy Nguyen – (Silver)
  • 2011: Breanne Campbell – (Bronze)
  • 2010: Julia Falvo – (Gold Medal), Courtney Campagna (Silver)
  • 2007: Kathy Luu – (Gold Medal) and Member of Team Ontario at the National Competition held in Saskatoon
  • 2006: Cassandra Scutti – (Gold Medal), Erin Wright – (Silver Medal) and Member of Team Ontario at the National Competition held in Halifax
  • 2005: Zina Shamoun – (Silver Medal), Meaghan de Melo – (Bronze Medal)
  • 2004: Stefinia Fortino – (Silver Medal) Hazel Aperocho won the gold medal at the Ontario Skills Competition and competed in the national finals in Vancouver, B.C. winning the bronze medal.

Melissa Del Col believes we're one of the best hairstyling programs in Canada

The two-year Hairstylist Apprenticeship at Niagara College is one of the best programs in Canada. As an apprentice and student, you definitely experience the NC Difference.

This program has many benefits for apprentices who are entering the hairstyling industry. One benefit this program offers its students is the opportunity to learn about the latest hairstyling techniques following the Ontario Ministry curriculum. Niagara allows students to partake in both classroom and practical instruction. Not only are students able to learn the theory behind hairstyling, they also receive hands on learning in the classroom. The apprenticeship program at Niagara blends theoretical and practical knowledge in the classroom and at the Niagara Hair Salon. Over time, students are able to utilize these skills within their workplace. During this program, students have the opportunity to work in a salon, receive on-the-job training and attend school all at the same time in order to complete their apprenticeship.

In addition, the apprenticeship program at Niagara is practical due to its affordable price with majority of tuition costs covered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. The small price students pay for tuition gives young adults the equal opportunity to start their careers as hairstylists. Furthermore, upon completion of the apprenticeship, students obtain their certificate of apprenticeship and are able to pursue employment in this trade as a fully licensed stylist. Another benefit this program offers is the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant which an apprentice can apply for upon completion of their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program.

Finally, the professors at Niagara College are highly experienced and supportive and teach the hairstyling trade to its fullest capacity. Pat Spano, Debra Kay and Joe Abbruscato want nothing more but to see their students succeed and offer assistance as needed. They have just as much a passion for hairstyling as their students do and it shows through their instruction both in the classroom and Niagara Hair Salon. The instructors are not only highly respected by their students but by other professionals in the hairstyling industry. This is also beneficial to the new apprentices because they have the opportunity to learn and work with different people within the hairstyling profession. The professors at Niagara are inspiring to their students and are one of the reasons why the two-year Hairstylist Apprenticeship is so successful. Students at Niagara College really do experience the NC Difference while taking this program.

Melissa Del Col, 2015 graduate

With this apprenticeship, you could be a...

  • Chemical technician
  • Business owner
  • Salon manager
  • Colour technician/specialist
  • Product sales representative
  • Salon consultant
  • Hair receptionist
  • Educator

Why Study at Niagara College?

  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction
  • Instructors are highly respected in the hairstyling profession
  • Highly experienced and respected supportive professors
  • Many apprentices and graduates have won Skills Canada Awards at the provincial, national and international levels along with ABA, Contessa & Mirror awards
  • Up-to-date facilities for your practical experiences
  • Small class sizes where you will receive individual attention from the professors
  • Student support system which includes counselling and financial aid
  • Apprentices complete 480 hours of college instruction over a two-year period

The Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • The Province of Ontario is facing a large shortage of skilled labour.
  • A certified journeyperson earns a good wage.
  • Approximately 18 per cent of skilled workers are self-employed.
  • There is, and will continue to be, a demand for highly qualified, highly skilled tradespeople.
  • Majority of tuition for the in-school training is paid for by the .