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Hairstylist

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Hairstylist

Program Overview

Hairstylist is a certificate program. Hairstylists who want to work in the trade are legally required to first complete a 1500 hour pre-employment program.

You will learn how to perform techniques on hair, wigs, hairpieces, skin and nails. You will also develop artistry, salon management and customer service skills.

The program provides an apprenticeship period of up to two years.

Graduates of the Hairstylist program have the opportunity of going directly into Level 2 Esthetician.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of positions.

  • artistics and/or technical educators
  • cosmetologists
  • hair colour technicians
  • hair stylists and designers
  • manicurists
  • platform artists
  • sales representatives
  • salon owners
  • salon receptionists and managers
  • skin care and make up specialists
  • wig stylists

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
HairstylistHairstylists and Barbers (6271)$20,800 - $50,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August, January

Length: 45 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level 'A' are required for practicum placement.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  •  Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$10,700

International Students

Prince Albert

Year 1 (45 weeks) - $22,100 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Level 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BUS 100
Salon and Spa Operations
4
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You will develop an appreciation for the effort that goes into starting your own business. Your studies will develop your awareness of legal and labour regulations, protection required, financing, salon design and maintaining shop inventory and equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 100
Reception and Retail
4
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Your studies will focus on telephone skills, processing payments, maintaining records and opening and closing reception duties. You will practice your reception skills in the salon along with selling products and services, merchandising retail products and managing a salon.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 102
Manicuring and Pedicuring
2
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You will develop an understanding of the anatomy of hands and feet. Your studies will help you acquire an understanding of hand and nail care, diseases and disorders. You will practice giving manicures and pedicures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Equivalent Course(s): COSM 146
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 208
Skin Care and Makeup Techniques
3
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You will focus on a variety of methods and procedures that relate to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the skin. You will practice techniques in skin analysis, eyebrow arching, plain and specialized facials, waxing, ear piercing and brow and lash tinting. Lab experience will provide you with skill in a variety of make-up techniques that range from daytime to specialized. You will study skin diseases and disorders to assist you in selecting the most beneficial skin care products to suit the skin condition.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105, SCI 107
Equivalent Course(s): COSM 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PSYC 100
Salon Psychology
2
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You will study various personality theories of psychologists. The course focuses on the practical salon application of these theories to salon situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SANT 105
Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene
1
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Your studies will focus on safety as it relates to salon and personal health and sanitation. You will receive instruction in the study of bacteriology. You will also study relevant safety concerns such as fire safety, health risks and diseases.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): SUPP 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
SCI 107
Beauty Culture Sciences
5
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You will explore sciences as they relate to the beauty profession. The course content includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, trichology, nutrition and metric conversion.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): SCI 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Level 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COSM 101
Dispensary Duties
4
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You will be prepared to organize and stock an organized dispensary. You will be responsible for maintaining an inventory and dispensing stock to the cosmetology students.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 200
Shampoos and Treatments
3
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You will study the practice and theory in shampooing, finishing rinses, hair treatments and scalp treatments. You will acquire the knowledge needed to recognize diseases and disorders of the scalp.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 201
Hairstyling and Braiding Principles
2
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The course is an introduction to the basic principles of finger waves, pin curls, roller sets, combouts, blow waving and braiding techniques. You will learn how to style hair to suit particular client features.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 202
Conventional Wet Styling
4
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You will examine the practical application of pincurling, finger waving, wet set styling and combouts.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 203
Thermal Styling
2
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You will practice air waving, blow waving and iron waving techniques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 204
Hairshaping Mechanics
4
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You will be introduced to the basic principles of cutting mechanics. You will gain an understanding of the use of hairshaping tools, angles and the elevation of cutting techniques (in theory and in practice).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 205
Basic Hair Colouring
3
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Classroom and lab experiences will contribute to your comprehensive study of all aspects of colouring. Practical applications of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent hair colouring techniques will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): SCI 107, COSM 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 206
Specialized Hair Colouring and Bleaching
3
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You will focus on specialized colouring techniques. The practical application of lightening and toning, creative lightening techniques and specialized colouring techniques will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): SCI 107, COSM 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 207
Chemical Waving
3
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You will study and practice all aspects of chemically treating the hair either through permanent waving or chemical relaxing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SCI 107, COSM 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 209
Wigs and Hair Pieces
1
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You will develop an understanding of the construction and history of wigs and wig making. You will practice cleaning, cutting, colouring and styling human and synthetics wigs. Your studies will also prepare you to measure, order and/or sell wigs.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 210
Hairstyling Artistry
4
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Classroom and lab experiences will provide an opportunity for you to expand your creativity. You will pre-plan and execute an individualized hairstyle by analyzing the elements of design and suitability of a hairstyle to your client's needs. The course expands on the basic mechanics of hairstyling to help you create special effects using specialized styling techniques in wet set styling, thermal styling, competition styling, bridal designs and fantasy designs. You will learn how to place the emphasis on client suitability, facial contour, lifestyle, body structure and hair analysis.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 201, COSM 202, COSM 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 211
Hairshaping Artistry
3
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You will expand on basic haircutting techniques with an introduction to art principles, creating individualized designs, custom design, and cutting. You will learn how to pre-plan a precision hairshape to suit the client's needs, lifestyle, body stature and styling abilities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 212
Chemical Waving Artistry
3
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You will develop an understanding of pre-planning a chemical wave by selecting a style and product suitable for the individual in order to provide total personalized care. Practice in design perm wrapping and specialized techniques will help you expand the type of services that can be provided to your clients.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COSM 213
Men's Hairshaping
2
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You will practice barbering techniques for unisex styling. These techniques include clipper cutting, shear/comb techniques and razor/combing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 211
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
LERN 101
Study Skills
1
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You will learn how to identify strategies for success and develop approaches that promote good study habits. You will receive resources and tools to guide your future success in school and personal achievements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PRAC 200
Customer Service Practicum 1
6
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You will become familiar with salon practices and gain experience in dealing with clients and reinforcing the skills you have practiced on mannequins and other students. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 100, PSYC 100, COSM 101, COSM 201, COSM 202, COSM 203, COSM 204, COSM 205, COSM 206
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 201
Customer Service Practicum 2
6
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You will focus on professionalism in the salon, teamwork and customer service at a basic level. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207, COSM 208, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 202
Customer Service Practicum 3
6
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You will learn how to become more efficient in your skills in dealing with clients and learning the best practices of salon client consultation. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207, COSM 208, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 203
Customer Service Practicum 4
6
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You will develop a clientele and work with co-workers to provide quality customer service. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working with moderate supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207, COSM 208, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 204
Customer Service Practicum 5
6
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You will gain experience in dealing with conflict and consult with clients independently. You will prepare for employment in the beauty industry by working with minimal supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207, COSM 208, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 205
Customer Service Practicum 6
3
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You will demonstrate mastery in all levels of evaluation. You will participate in a mock journeyperson exam.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 207, COSM 208, COSM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SEM 100
Beauty Culture Seminar
0
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You will participate in field trip experiences to enrich your industry contacts, increase your product knowledge and learn about the latest technology and techniques. You will challenge your skills through competition.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WORK 104
Work Placement Practicum
2
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To help you in your final preparations for employment, you will spend one week in industry. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills in the work environment and become familiar with the everyday customer relations and working schedules of a salon or spa.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COSM 100, COSM 101, COSM 102, COSM 205, COSM 206, COSM 208, COSM 209, COSM 210, COSM 211, COSM 212
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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