Hairstylist Apprenticeship in partnership with SD47

10 Month Certificate Program
September 10, 2018 to June 27, 2019

(No application deadline date, however apply early as space is limited)

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 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday. Homework will take approximately 4 to 6 hours per week. Good attendance is mandatory.

Program topics include:

  • Professional development
  • People skills
  • Salon ecology
  • Trichology
  • Hair cutting (men and women)
  • Hair styling: wet, thermal and long hair
  • Design decisions
  • Permanent waving and chemical texturizing
  • Hair colouring
  • Salon business
  • Client services

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

VIU Hair 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 125T - (Integrated Salon Experience)

HAIR 136T - (Theory I)

HAIR 137T - (Theory II)

HAIR 138T - (Theory III)

HAIR 141T - (Hair Shaping I)

HAIR 142T - (Hair Shaping II)

HAIR 143T - (Hair Shaping III)

HAIR 146T - (Hair Styling and Design I)

HAIR 147T - (Hair Styling and Design II)

HAIR 148T - (Hairstyling and Design III)

HAIR 156T - (Chemical Texturizing I)

HAIR 157T - (Chemical Texturizing II)

HAIR 158T - (Chemical Texturizing III)

HAIR 166T - (Hair Colouring I)

HAIR 167T - (Hair Colouring II)

HAIR 168T - (Hair Colouring III)

HAIR 176T - (Professional Development and Employability Skills I)

HAIR 177T - (Professional Development and Employability Skills II)

HAIR 178T - (Professional Development and Employability Skills III)

HAIR 186T - (Client Services I)

HAIR 187T - (Client Services II)

HAIR 188T - (Client Services III)

HAIR 196T - (Salon Business I)

HAIR 197T - (Salon Business II)

HAIR 198T - (Salon Business III)

Fees (subject to change)

Fee Type


Student Fees
Application Fee
International Student Tuition
$1740.00 per month

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 $705
  • Supply Kit: approx $700

Third Week:

  • Smock and shoes, approx $100

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

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.