Program: HAIR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
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:

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

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018

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 Mandatory 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.


Mandatory Courses
ENTR 2012Entrepreneurial Skills
ENTR 2013Advanced Entrepreneurial Skills
HAIR 1000Professional Issues
HAIR 1001Health and Safety
HAIR 1002Client Service
HAIR 1003Preparatory Procedures and Treatment: Basic
HAIR 1004Cut Hair: Basic
HAIR 1005Style Hair: Basic
HAIR 1006Preparatory Procedures and Treatment: Advanced
HAIR 1007Cut Hair: Intermediate
HAIR 1008Style Hair: Intermediate
HAIR 1009Colour and Lighten Hair: Basic
HAIR 2000Cut Hair: Advanced
HAIR 2001Style Hair: Advanced
HAIR 2002Permanent Wave Hair: Basic
HAIR 2003Colour and Lighten Hair: Intermediate
HAIR 2004Permanent Wave Hair: Advanced
HAIR 2005Chemically Relax Hair
HAIR 2006Colour and Lighten Hair: Advanced
HAIR 2007Hair Additions
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs 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. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.