Hairstylist practical assessment required for new hairstylist apprentices

Effective January 1, 2018 new apprentices registered in the hairstylist apprenticeship program will be required to complete a practical assessment as well as the written examination in order to obtain certification in the hairstylist trade. Although the first practical assessments will not take place until early 2019, those apprentices registering in 2018 must be aware of the new certification requirement.

Apprentices who sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) for the hairstylist trade with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development on or after January 1, 2018, will be required to complete a practical assessment and a written exam to become certified in the hairstylist trade. The practical assessment will be conducted at local testing centres across the province in 2019.

Individuals who are approved through the College’s Trade Equivalency Assessment process when the practical assessment is made available in 2019, will be required to complete both the practical assessment and written exam.

Upon successful completion of both the practical assessment and written exam, a Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) will be issued by the College.

RSE is a professional designation that recognizes the knowledge, skills and experience of the journeyperson. The RSE signifies the standard of excellence of the Red Seal Program.