Cosmetology Courses

Hairstylist Apprentice

Hairstylist Apprentice is based on 50 Credits for the first and second period of the Hairstyling trade, instruction follows the Alberta Education curriculum Upon graduation from high school and with the support of an employer, the individual may then enter into the post-secondary apprenticeship program as a first period apprentice with advanced standing. Some students start their apprenticeship program while still in high school.

Services are also offered to customers (haircut, hairstyle, conditioning treaments, colouring...) at a low rate: enough to cover the supplies used.

Specific courses are identified and must be delivered and assessed by a journeyman person to qualify a student to write the first-second period exam(s).

The CT Center offers students the opportunity to complete 50 specified credential pathway courses, related to the hairstylist trade and certain credit toward the Alberta Apprenticeship program. Download the Apprenticeship Application and Contract form.

Hairstylist Apprentice Period 1 (25 credits)

The Period 1 course develops a student's specific basic career skills. The personal and transferable skills the student acquires can be applied towards earning 46 credits and 2800 apprenticeship program hours. Students develop increased appreciation for the significance of personal grooming in various life situations, as well as the knowledge and skills required to perform basic grooming practices. They develop a more positive self-concept as they assume increasingly complex roles and responsibilities related to this trade.

As student make progress in developing fundamental skills they build on earlier competencies and broaden their industry perspective. At this level, students may begin to perform client services in all areas of cosmetology.

Student follow an intense curriculum that includes hair cutting, styling, colouring, highlighting, up-dos, hair extensions, business, and client retention classes.

  • HSA3406: WORK ENVIRONMENT - Students identify and apply safe and hygienic practices in the work environment. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3411: HEAD ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - Students use anatomy and physiology for analyzing head and facial features to design suitable haircuts and hairstyles. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3416: HAIRCUTTING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT - Students learn to ensure the safe handling and maintenance of haircutting tools and equipment used in salon operations. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  •  HSA3421: CONSULTATION AND DRAPING - Students learn how to conduct client consultations where they analyze the client’s needs to perform the appropriate service(s). Students demonstrate the proper use of draping techniques. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3426: SALON OPERATIONS - Students learn the duties, responsibilities, and essentials of owning and managing a salon. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3431: HAIR AND SCALP ANALYSIS - Students analyze and describe the structure and condition of the hair and scalp. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3436: SHAMPOO AND CONDITION HAIR - Students use their analysis of the structure and condition of hair and the relationship of hair to the scalp to select and use the appropriate hair and scalp cleansing and conditioning products. Prerequisite: HSA3431: Hair and Scalp Analysis
  • HSA3441: PRINCIPLES OF HAIRCUTTING AND STYLE - Students explain the principles of haircutting and using styles. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3446: CUSTOMIZING HAIRCUTS - Students learn how to ensure the client has the correct posture and body position when cutting the client’s hair. Students describe how to customize haircuts. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3451: DEMONSTRATE THE PRINCIPLES OF HAIRCUTTING - Students demonstrate basic haircutting principles by successfully completing basic types of haircuts. Prerequisites: HSA3441: Principles of Haircutting and Styles, HSA3446: Customizing Haircuts
  • HSA3456: DEMONSTRATE HAIRCUTTING ON VARIOUS TYPES OF HAIR - Students demonstrate haircutting by successfully completing a variety of haircuts on various types of hair.  Prerequisite: HSA3451: Demonstrate the Principles of Haircutting
  • HSA3461: RAZOR CUTTING AND SHEAR CUTTING - Students demonstrate razor cutting and shear cutting by successfully completing a number of haircuts using a razor or shears. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3466: CLIPPER CUTTING - Students demonstrate clipper use by successfully completing a number of haircuts using a clipper. Prerequisite: HSA3461: Razor Cutting and Shear Cutting
  • HSA3471: TEXTURIZING TECHNIQUES - Students demonstrate texturizing techniques by successfully completing a number of hairstyles using the texturizing techniques. Prerequisite: HSA3451: Demonstrate the Principles of Haircutting
  • HSA3476: VARIOUS HAIRCUTS - Students demonstrate how to complete a variety of haircuts. Prerequisite: HSA3451: Demonstrate the Principles of Haircutting
  • HSA3481: CUSTOMIZING TECHNIQUES - Students demonstrate customizing techniques by successfully completing a number of customized haircuts. Prerequisite: HSA3451: Demonstrate the Principles of Haircutting
  • HSA3486: HAIRCUTTING TECHNIQUES - Students demonstrate haircutting techniques by successfully completing a number of haircuts using various techniques. Prerequisite: HSA3451: Demonstrate the Principles of Haircutting
  • HSA3491: FACIAL AND NAPE HAIR THEORY - Students explain how to trim and remove facial hair and nape hair. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3496: FACIAL AND NAPE HAIR TRIMMING AND REMOVAL - Students demonstrate how to use changeable and disposable blades to trim and remove facial hair and nape hair. Prerequisite: HSA3491: Facial and Nape Hair Theory
  • HSA3501: STYLE HAIR - Students explain and demonstrate how to form and finish hairstyles in a variety of ways after a haircut. Prerequisite: HSA3486: Haircutting Techniques
  • HSA3775: HSA PRACTICUM A - Students, on the work site, continue to develop and refine those competencies developed in related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas, previous practicums, and other experiences. Prerequisite: None
  • HSA3780: HSA PRACTICUM B - Students, on the work site, continue to develop and refine those competencies developed in related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas, previous practicums, and other experiences. Prerequisite: None
  • HSA3785: HSA PRACTICUM C - Students, on the work site, continue to develop and refine those competencies developed in related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas, previous practicums, and other experiences. Prerequisite: None
  • HSA3790: HSA PRACTICUM D - Students, on the work site, continue to develop and refine those competencies developed in related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas, previous practicums, and other experiences. Prerequisite: None
  • HSA3900: APPRENTICESHIP SAFETY - Students develop the knowledge and skills required to maintain a personal health and safety plan; identify the steps for obtaining a journeyman certificate; and describe how to apply legislation,  regulations, and practices of the industry. Prerequisite: None

Hairstylist Apprentice Period 2 (21 Credits Available)

The Level 2 course expands the skills needed in the different areas of cosmetology. Through customer service, the student is given the opportunity to practice advanced techniques and gain the confidence needed for working with the public. In addition to hairstyling, students will perform other services of a cosmetologist such as manicures, make-up application, facials and facial hair removal.

*In addition, students who successfully complete 46 specified CTS courses may be credited with the first and second periods of formal instruction and will require 2800 hours of on-the-job training toward the second period of apprenticeship. Students may also challenge the first or second period examinations.

* Upon completion of this course and completion of ten credits of Work Experience in a salon setting, students may apply for apprenticeship status.


  • HSA3506: STYLING, PERMING, AND COLOURING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT - Students describe, maintain, and use tools and equipment for styling, perming, and colouring hair. Students demonstrate how to use styling aids for wet hair. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3511: DRYING HAIR - Students describe and demonstrate effective techniques to dry hair. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3516: SETTING WET HAIR - Students describe and demonstrate techniques for setting wet hair into style patterns. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3521: STYLING DRY HAIR - Students describe and demonstrate tools and aids to style dry hair. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3526: UPDO AND UPSTYLE STYLING TECHNIQUES - Students describe and demonstrate techniques for creating updo and upstyle hairstyles. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3531: STYLE HAIR USING ACCESSORIES - Students learn and demonstrate how to use accessories when styling hair by creating a variety of hairstyles. Students learn and demonstrate how to use brushes and combs on a variety of haircuts and styles. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3536: HAIR WRAPPING 1 - Students explain procedures for hair wrapping. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3541: HAIR WRAPPING 2 - Students demonstrate procedures for hair wrapping on a variety of hair types. Prerequisite: HSA3536: Hair Wrapping 1
  • HSA3546: CHEMICAL WAVING 1 - Students describe how to perm hair using chemical waving and neutralizing solutions. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3551: CHEMICAL WAVING 2 - Students demonstrate how to perm hair using chemical waving and neutralizing solutions on a variety of hair types. Prerequisite: HSA3546: Chemical Waving 1
  • HSA3556: CHEMICAL RELAXERS 1 - Students describe how to use and remove chemical relaxers and neutralizing solutions. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3561: CHEMICAL RELAXERS 2 - Students demonstrate how to use and remove chemical relaxers and neutralizing solutions. Prerequisite: HSA3556: Chemical Relaxers 1
  • HSA3566: COLOURING HAIR 1 - Students describe the basic principles of colour and the chemistry of hair colouring. Students describe the procedures to do predisposition and strand tests. Students describe the procedures to apply temporary hair colouring. Students describe the procedures for the removal of colour from the scalp. Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety
  • HSA3571: COLOURING HAIR 2 - Students demonstrate how to complete predisposition and strand tests and how to mix colour formulations and prepare applications. Prerequisite: HSA3566: Colouring Hair 1
  • HSA3576: COLOURING HAIR 3 - Students demonstrate hair colouring in a variety of ways and the removal of product from the hair and the scalp. Prerequisite: HSA3571: Colouring Hair 2
  • HSA3581: COLOURING VIRGIN HAIR AND REGROWTH - Students describe and demonstrate the procedures and techniques for colouring virgin hair and regrowth. Prerequisite: HSA3571: Colouring Hair 2
  • HSA3586: COLOURING HAIR USING SPECIAL EFFECTS - Students describe and demonstrate colouring hair using special effects. Prerequisite: HSA3576: Colouring Hair 3
  • HSA3591: LIGHTEN VIRGIN HAIR AND REGROWTH - Students describe and demonstrate the procedures and techniques for using lighteners and developers on virgin hair and regrowth. Prerequisite: HSA3581: Colouring Virgin Hair and Regrowth
  • HSA3596: LIGHTEN HAIR USING SPECIAL EFFECTS - Students describe and demonstrate the procedures and techniques for lightening hair using special effects hair colouring. Students describe and demonstrate the procedures for toning pre-lightened hair. Prerequisite: HSA3586: Colouring Hair Using Special Effects
  • HSA3601: COLOUR CORRECTIONS - Students describe and demonstrate the procedures and techniques for colour corrections and the removal of colour correction product. Prerequisite: HSA3576: Colouring Hair 3
  • HSA3606: SPECIALIZED SERVICES AND STANDARDS - Students describe and demonstrate specialized services (e.g., hair extensions, wigs, hairpieces) and standards (e.g., Red Seal products). Prerequisite: HSA3900: Apprenticeship Safety


Esthetics Certificate

The Esthetic Certificate program is based on 37 identified credits in the Esthetics specialization. Student who successfully complete the introductory, intermediate and advanced courses will receive a program certification. All three levels are designed for students to progress from foundational knowledge to full client services in a client spa setting.

Services are also offered to customers (manicures, pedicures, waxing...) at a low rate: enough to cover the supplies used.

Esthetics Introduction (8 Credits Available)

The Introductory course explores foundational skills in Esthetics. Students develop increased appreciation for the significance of skin care practice and personal grooming in various life situations, as well as the knowledge and skills required to perform basic esthetic practices. They develop a more positive self-concept as they assume increasingly complex roles and responsibilities related to this field.

Students completing this course have the necessary prerequisite knowledge and skills to enter the intermediate course.

Esthetics Intermediate (11 Credits Available)

The Intermediate course builds on the foundational skills presented at the introductory level. Students develop skills related to client services in the area of facials, make-up, manicures, nail art and theatrical make up. Student are encouraged to begin client services in the related field of study and develop the necessary inter-personal skills to manage and build a client base in the field of esthetics.

Esthetics Advanced (17 Credits Available)

The advanced course has a focus on client related services and advanced nail techniques/makeup. Students study spa awareness, body therapy, hair removal, pedicures, acrylic and gel nail enhancement, advanced theatrical make up and providing services in a spa environment.

Course selection is based on the personal learning plan of the student.

  • COS1010:  PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
  • HCS3000: WORKPLACE SAFETY  
  • EST1020:    SKIN CARE PRACTICES 
  • EST1025:    SKIN CARE – CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST1070:    MANICURING 1 
  • EST1140:    THEATRICAL MAKEUP 1 
  • EST1910:    EST PROJECT A 
  • EST2030:    FACIALS 
  • EST2035:    FACIALS – CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST2050:    MAKEUP 
  • EST2055:    MAKEUP – CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST2070:    MANICURING 2 
  • EST2075:    MANICURING 3 – CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST2090 :   NAIL ART 
  • EST2140:    THEATRICAL MAKEUP 2 
  • EST2910:    EST PROJECT B 
  • EST2920 :   EST PROJECT C 
  • EST2950 :   ESTHETICS INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM 
  • COS3000: SCIENCE OF COSMETOLOGY (ANATOMY) 
  • COS3010: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES  
  • EST3010:    SPA AWARENESS 
  • EST3030:    BODY THERAPY 
  • EST3040 :   HAIR REMOVAL 
  • EST3045 :   HAIR REMOVAL-CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST3060 :   FACIAL & BODY ADORNMENT 
  • EST3070 :   PEDICURING  
  • EST3075:    MANICURING & PEDICURING - CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST3090 :   NAIL ENHANCEMENT-GEL 
  • EST3100:    NAIL ENHANCEMENT - ACRYLIC 
  • EST3105:    NAIL ENHANCEMENT - CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST3115:    ESTHETICS - CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST3140:    THEATRICAL MAKE UP 3 
  • EST3145:    THEATRICAL MAKE UP 4-CLIENT SERVICES 
  • EST3150:    COMPETITION ESTHETICS 
  • EST3910:    ESTHETICS PROJECT D 
  • EST3920:    ESTHETICS PROJECT E 
  • EST3950:    EST ADVANCED PRACTICUM

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