The Hairstylist program is an Ontario College Diploma offered over three consecutive terms, resulting in a two-year Ontario College Diploma delivered in only 12 months. This pre-apprenticeship program provides students with 1,500 hours of hairstyling education: 510 hours of hairstyling theory and 990 hours of practice in hair cutting, styling, colouring and lightening, permanent waving, chemical relaxing and hair additions and trends. Students will also have the opportunity to study three general education courses.

A highlight and important aspect of the learning experience is the operation of The Salon at Lambton, a live practical lab where students practice salon business skills in preparation for salon management or ownership. Each week, students welcome clients into the salon and offer a variety of services. The array of services grows throughout the year as students develop their knowledge and mastery of hairstyling skills.

Upon successful completion of the Hairstylist program at Lambton College, the graduate is eligible to register with the apprenticeship branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as an apprentice and then complete a further 2,000 hours of in-salon apprenticeship hours. Once both components (in-school and in-salon) have been satisfied, graduates are eligible to write the provincial Certificate of Qualification Exam for an additional fee. Upon successful completion of this exam they would become licensed hairstylists.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates work in salons, spas or resorts as hairstylists, stage artists, colour technicians, salon managers or business owners. They are also successful as sales representatives or product educators for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of hairstyling products.

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Students complete the 1500 course hours required to work towards a hairstylist apprenticeship Red Seal.