The Cosmetology Industry is one of the largest and most lucrative in the Western world and continues to grow.

Our hairdressing program at The Academy provides more than the basics, which included advanced training in practical skills and related theory of hairstyling.

These skills are the foundation on which to build, and remain current in the ever-changing trends in hair fashion.

Purpose and Goals

  • Graduates of the Cosmetology Program will acquire the necessary skills and the knowledge to:
  • Apply and work with the in-depth study of hair cutting and design.
  • Apply the theory and practical aspects of hair color, including specialty techniques: foils, three dimensional color, highlighting, and pre-lightening applications.
  • Apply the principals of permanent waving
  • Learn and adapt new concepts developed in the industry.
  • Benefit from the training in the field al all aspects of hairstyling.
  • Learn the scientific approach to chemicals and their reactions to the hair and skin
  • Perform client consultation skills and learn to work independently.
  • Learn and perform reception duties, retail sales, and salon management/entrepreneurial skills.
  • In conjunction with our study of professional image, we offer as a bonus, a short skin care and makeup course.
  • Benefit from guest speakers sharing their knowledge and skill.
  • Extensions and Straightening 

Program Details

  • The program is 1500 hours. The school week is 36.5 hours with classes on Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Wednesday or Thursday 8:30 am to 8:30 pm (allowing for weekends off).
  • Tuition is $11,950 and includes: a non-refundable registration fee of $200.00, textbooks, professional Cosmetology/Hairdressing Kit containing necessary equipment and supplies, the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia Student Card Fee plus Provincial Exam fee.
  • Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a Diploma in Cosmetology/Hairdressing - which will qualify you to write the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia Provincial Exam.

Educational Requirments

Prerequisite for this program is Grade 12 or acceptable equivalent (call for details).

Program Details
In addition to your Academy Diploma you will recieve the following certifications:

  • Goldwell Intro to Color
  • Goldwell Advanced coloring certificate
  • Goldwell Advanced cutting certificate
  • Kerasilk Straightening certificate
  • Goldwell Product Knowledge


All of these certificates are included in the tuition fees.

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About the Academy

Thank you for your interest in the Academy of Cosmetology. The Academy celebrates it's 45th year in achieving excellence! At the Academy we offer the highest standard of education in the industry. The entire staff is committed to each and every student. Students will receive the most current theory and practical training available. We believe in keeping up with the latest trends and techniques, that is why we are constantly adding to our curriculum.

Angela Ponee, Aed, MHI

Consumer Choice Awards

2013-2014-2015 - Business Excellence
The Academy is proud to recieve our Consumer Choice Awards for Business Excellence for many years now.


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