Hairstylist Foundation Certificate Program in partnership with SD47

10-month Certificate Program

Note: This program is not being run at this time - please check back for further updates.

The VIU Hairstylist program provides students with high quality education in the art and science of Hairstylist at the foundation level. The Pivot Point Designer Approach curriculum is implemented throughout this 10 month, 1075 hour program. Highly educated and experienced instructors ensure that students are provided with the appropriate learning opportunities to build competency in both the theoretical and practical application of skills. Learning is accomplished through practical instruction and student participation with equipment, tools and materials normally used in salons. Students quickly advance to performing services on clients in the VIU Hairdressing salon. Students will complete two practicums and will have an opportunity to take part in hairdressing competitions.

The goal of the VIU Hairstylist Program is to prepare our graduates to successfully begin their careers in the Hairstylist industry.

Class hours of the program are 9 am – 4 pm, Monday to Thursday. Homework will take approximately 4 to 6 hours per week. Good attendance is mandatory.

Program topics include:

  • Hygiene, Sanitation and Disinfection Practices
  • Use and Maintenance of Tools and Equipment
  • Client Services
  • Hair and Scalp Care
  • Hair Cutting (men and women)
  • Hair Styling: wet, thermal and long hair
  • Chemical Waving and Relaxing of Hair
  • Hair Colouring
  • Specialized Services
  • Business Management

Students are required to complete the following projects:

  • Hair Colouring
  • Permanent Waving

A minimum standing of 70% in both theory and practical skills is required to pass the program; personal assessments also form part of the student’s evaluation.

Note: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada may assist students in this program; contact your local Employment Centre regarding eligibility for sponsorship.

Career Opportunities

The VIU Hairstylist Foundation Certificate Program has earned an excellent reputation through its high standards, superior instruction and quality of graduates’ skills. We have a long standing history of proven success. Graduates of this program report a high level of success in industry. A high proportion of local salons are owned and operated by graduates of this program. Other graduates report success in areas such as: the cruise ship industry, modeling/magazine industry, apprenticeship, in-home salons, platform artist, technical educators, and building a large clientele within a 2 year time frame.

Prospects are very good, with 85% of graduates being hired within six months of graduation. For those prepared to relocate, job opportunities are even better. Salaries vary widely as they reflect individual talent.

Admission Requirements

Recommendations for Admission

  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Physically fit and able to stand all day.
  • Normal colour vision, good depth perception, and ability to perceive line and form.
  • Volunteer work, work experience or experience in a hairdressing salon.

Program Outline


HAIR 100T - (Hygiene, Sanitation, and Disinfection Practices)

HAIR 101T - (Use and Maintenance of Tools and Equipment)

HAIR 102T - (Client Services)

HAIR 103T - (Hair and Scalp)

HAIR 104T - (Hair Cutting)

HAIR 105T - (Hair Styling)

HAIR 106T - (Chemical Waving and Relaxing of Hair)

HAIR 107T - (Hair Colouring)

HAIR 108T - (Specialized Services)

HAIR 109T - (Business Management)

HAIR 110T - (Experiential Learning:  Salon Module)

Fees (subject to change)

Fee Type Cost
Student Fees
Grad Fee
Criminal Record Check Fee
Application Fee

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

*Dual Credit Students - information on fees.

Additional Expenses

Students are required to buy the following supplies, which the instructor will have available for purchase. The Supply Kit is purchased through a supplier.
Please note: these supplies are a necessity, and will not be given out without payment.

First Day:

  • Textbooks, approx $250
  • Supply Kit: approx $1400

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to students demonstrating financial need. This program is government student loan eligible. Applications for the academic year are available each May at any post-secondary institution, or on-line at StudentAidBC.

More information is available from an Advisor at Vancouver Island University.
Please call 604-485-2878 to make an appointment.

How to Apply

*Dual Credit Students - information on how to apply for this program.

When the Registration Center confirms that you have been admitted, you will be advised when and how to register and pay for your program.