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Hairdressing Foundation


The NWCC Hairdressing program combines the art and science of Hairdressing at a Foundations level. This 10-month program uses the Pivot Point Designer Approach Curriculum to provide students with the theoretical and practical application of the latest hairdressing skills. Students learn through practical instruction and student participation with equipment in our own salon setting at the CMSD Northwest Regional Trades & Employment Training Centre (formerly Thornhill Jr. Secondary School.)

Program Outline 

The Hairdressing Foundations program is a full-time, 10-month program.

Program Topics include:

  • Salon Ecology
  • Trichology
  • Hair Cutting (Men & Women)
  • Hair Styling
  • Design Decisions
  • Permanent Waving and Chemical Texturizing
  • Hair Colouring
  • Professional Development
  • People Skills
  • Salon Business
  • Client Services

Please note that the ITA has changed this program effective for the Sept 2016 program. Please refer to the current Hairstylist outline at .

This may affect the end date of the program. Please refer back to this website for updates.

Career Opportunities 

Hairstylists have many opportunities throughout the beauty industry including working in hair salons, spas, barber shops, schools, hair replacement clinics, health care establishments, hotels, and in the cruise, fashion and entertainment industries. With experience, hairstylists may move into other positions such as salon managers, owners, fashion consultants, educators, platform artists and product sales representatives.

Admission Requirements 


Grade 12 - Recommended

  • Criminal Record Check, AND
  • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032, AND
  • Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 (AWM 10), OR
  • GED, OR
  • Successful Completion of a CAT Assessment, OR
  • Permission of Instructor.
Dates and Locations 
Location Start Date End Date
Smithers* September 5th, 2017  June 22, 2018

*The program will take place at the Bulkley Valley Learning Center and will require adult learners to submit a CRC Criminal Record Check

Note: Students break for winter break December 19, 2016 - January 3, 2017 and for spring break March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017.

Program Fees 
FEES Full Time (40 weeks)
Tuition: $7,199.00
*Student Association Fee: $94.14
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee $26.46
Material Fee:  
**Books: $875.00
**Student Kit (taxes not included): $1,400.00*
Total: $9,594.60

**Student kits will be available for purchase on the first day of class but should be paid in advance at the registration office.

In addition to the fees outline above, the following costs apply:

  • Appropriate clothing adhering to the dress code; black or grey pants, closed toe black shoes (no sneakers) and hair and makeup done daily.
  • Purchase of individual consumables after those in the student kits are consumed (ie: latex gloves, bobby pins etc)
  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at NWCC Bookstore)
  • Learners are also required to provide pencils, pens, eraser, binders and paper.