Program: HAIR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Summer 2022
Location: Barrie


This program covers all of the required skills needed to work in the Hairstyling trade. Offered in a condensed format, students complete the diploma in one year. Through progressive levels of theory and practical techniques, the program focuses on hands-on training in hair cutting, styling and design, as well as colouring and lightening, chemical texturizing, permanent wave, and hair additions. In addition, students will be introduced to relevant legislation in the trade, health and safety issues, professional ethics, communication skills, and entrepreneurial practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will have completed all required in-school hours for the trade certification exam. Certified Hairstylists may find work in a variety of hair salons or other businesses that require similar services (for example, the entertainment industry). In addition, graduates may find work in the related industries that supply and manufacture hairstyling products. In certain circumstances, individuals with an Ontario College Diploma may acquire additional educational credentials, which could offer enhanced employment opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. complete all work in adherence with professional ethics, government regulations, workplace standards and policies, and according to manufacturer’s specifications, as applicable;
  2. facilitate the provision of a healthy and safe working environment and perform sanitization procedures in accordance with related health regulations and legislation;
  3. apply entrepreneurial skills to the operation and administration of a hair styling business;
  4. adapt to various and changing technologies, applications, and procedures in the hair styling industry, and develop and present a plan outlining future professional development;
  5. develop and use client service strategies that meet and adapt to individual client needs and expectations;
  6. select and administer preparatory procedures and/or treatments to the hair and scalp using individually selected products to meet the expectations of the client;
  7. identify, select, and use a variety of tools to cut hair according to the needs and expectations of the client;
  8. select and use standard and specialized techniques to effectively style wet and dry hair;
  9. perform a permanent wave using current and relevant methods according to hair type and style;
  10. chemically relax hair by selecting and applying relevant knowledge of, and skills with, chemical products and techniques in order to meet the needs and expectations of the client;
  11. colour, lighten, tone, highlight and lowlight hair, and/or remove pigment to the level of colour desired;
  12. compare and contrast fibre types, application procedures, specialized tools, and maintenance procedures when working with hair additions;
  13. perform hairstyling using environmentally sustainable practices.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake 

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Sem 3: Summer 2022

Winter Intake 

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022

Summer Intake

  • Sem 1: Summer 2022
  • Sem 2: Fall 2022
  • Sem 3: Winter 2023

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

20 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ENTR 2012 Entrepreneurial Skills 45
HAIR 1000 Professional Issues 30
HAIR 1001 Health and Safety 60
HAIR 1002 Client Service 30
HAIR 1003 Preparatory Procedures and Treatment: Basic 45
HAIR 1004 Cut Hair: Basic 90
HAIR 1005 Style Hair: Basic 90
HAIR 1009 Colour and Lighten Hair: Basic 105
Communications Course  
Select1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ENTR 2013 Advanced Entrepreneurial Skills 45
HAIR 1006 Preparatory Procedures and Treatment: Advanced 45
HAIR 1007 Cut Hair: Intermediate 90
HAIR 1008 Style Hair: Intermediate 90
HAIR 2002 Permanent Wave Hair: Basic 105
HAIR 2003 Colour and Lighten Hair: Intermediate 120
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
HAIR 2000 Cut Hair: Advanced 75
HAIR 2001 Style Hair: Advanced 75
HAIR 2004 Permanent Wave Hair: Advanced 60
HAIR 2005 Chemically Relax Hair 120
HAIR 2006 Colour and Lighten Hair: Advanced 105
HAIR 2007 Hair Additions 75
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1710

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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