Program Description:

Saanich Hairstylist program is a combination of theoretical and practical training that occurs in our own teaching salon, “Studio 63”.  The program starts at the beginning of second semester in February of each year and wraps up the following December.  Students attend classes and work in the teaching salon from Monday to Thursday each week and work in industry with community based employers on Fridays.  Students learn all of the basics from shampooing to cutting and colours to perms as well as customer service and reception routines.

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Location / Post Secondary Partner:

Saanichton Learning Centre, in partnership with Vancouver Island University.


All Saanich District Programs are available to any “school aged” student registered in any Saanich District school.


Students should be in grade 11 or 12.  Grade 10’s may be considered.  They should have reasonable basic numeracy and literacy skills.  They must have a genuine, expressed interest and curiosity in aesthetics and beauty in general and hairstyling in particular.

Application Process:

Students must meet with their school based Career Counsellor to initiate the application process.  Students must complete a Hairstyling application form available through their school based Career Counsellor.  Students will be interviewed and will be required to participate in an orientation evening accompanied by a family member.

Credits Earned:

Students will earn credit for up to 18 courses:

  • Youth Train in Trades: TRNL 12A to TRNL 12L

  • Work Experience: WEx 12A, WEx 12B

  • Youth Work In Trades: WRK 11A, WRK 11B, WRK 12A, WRK 12B

Materials / Equipment / Cost:

Students will be required to provide their own hairstylist tool kit as well as textbooks and work booklets.  Approximate cost for these items is $950.00  In addition, students will be required to wear career specific, professional attire.

Transition Process:

  • Students from any Saanich school can apply for the program and cross enrol through Saanich School District’s Continuing Education school.

  • Once the program commences students will be prepared to begin their first work experience placement with community based salons on Fridays and are encouraged to establish a routine of working on Saturdays as well.

  • As students’ knowledge and skill increases they will be able to engage in more complex tasks at their work placement, gradually transitioning from simple tasks like shampooing and blowdrying to providing full service for their clients.

  • At the conclusion of the program successful candidates should be able to transition into steady part time or full time work as an apprentice Hairstylist where they will continue to grow their skills and client base.  This is the classic “learn while you earn” scenario.

  • After logging 3600 hours of work-based training in industry apprentices are eligible to return to a training institution for the second level of their technical training.

  • Once apprentices accrue 3600 hours and complete Level Two technical training they are eligible to write the final examination and do the final practical exam to get their Red Seal Certificate of Qualification.

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Student Successes:

Jorge Costa, (Hairstylist, 2012), Individual Learning Centre

Taylor Orr, (Hairstylist, 2013), Stelly’s Secondary School

Taylor Orr, (Where are they now, 2016)

Julia Scheuer, (Hairstylist, 2017), Claremont Secondary School

Sene Underwood, (Hairstylist, 2019), Stelly's Secondary School

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