Hairstyling and Barbering Certificate


Thinking about taking Hairstyling/Barber program?

Next course starts September 2021!

Complete Pre-Registration form to get started!

Hairstyling Pre-Registration Form

Certification that ensures foundational skills in hairstyling, barbering, WHMIS, plus introduction to aesthetics.

Hairstylists and barbers may be employed in a variety of settings including:

  • Salons
  • Barbershops
  • Spas
  • Self – employment
  • in residential institutions
  • or in theatre or television


Quality Instructors

Instruction is led by Ontario Certified Teachers (with the Ontario College of Teachers – OCT) with an adult education focus, who are also skilled professional, licensed hairstylists with years of industry experience, creativity and up-to-date trends.

Earn Secondary School Credits

You can earn up to 8 elective Secondary School Credits (if required).

If you already have your OSSD, you may apply these Secondary School Credits to your high school transcript.  If you pursue other post-secondary or training, you may want to see any higher grades earned in this program appear on your updated transcript. Please meet with the Guidance Department to make these arrangements.

Lots of Hands-on

With hands-on led instruction, you’ll move quickly to the energizing, in-school “Studio 102” to build your salon experience. Opportunities await in a variety of salon settings including high end salon placement opportunities, should you be ready.

Early Apprenticeship

Start earning your apprenticeship hours EARLY! Don’t wait until AFTER you have finished Grade 12. We can help you achieve your Ontario Secondary School Diploma with up to 8 elective Secondary School Credits in the Hair program, and lots of options to complete any compulsory credits. Register through OYAP, while in the St. Louis Hairstyling and Barber Training program to earn other benefits.


Ministry of Education covers the tuition. You cover the materials ($1300). Click on “Fees” for more details.

In-school Theory and Practical

Complete the in-school portion to become a licensed hairstylist, St. Louis offers both Level I and II, with a 2 month practical placement at an off-site salon. You must complete all three components to receive a St. Louis certificate in Hairstyling/Barbering.  This certificate is recognized by Ontario College of Trades.

As part of the hairstyling and barbering program, all students will receive WHMIS training.


  • History of Hair Design
  • Infection Control and Health & Safety
  • Functions of Salon
  • Cutting & Styling Hair
  • Colouring & Lightening Hair
  • Texture Services


  • Waxing
  • Math
  • Make-up
  • Nails
  • Anatomy
  • Chemical Waving & Relaxing of hair
  • Hair & Scalp Treatments

Length of Program

  • 660 hours of in class instruction, including a minimum 2hrs/day hands-on practical techniques
  • 220-hour work placement


  • In-class: Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
  • Onsite child care services are offered in coordination with these hours.
  • Work placement times may vary

Class Location

St. Louis Hairstyling and Barber Training is offered exclusively at the St. Louis Kitchener Main Campus.

Students pay a materials fee of $1300

for textbooks, hair kits, colour and other consumables. Tuition fees are paid from Ministry of Education funding.


$300 non-refundable deposit is payable on acceptance. Remaining $1000 final due date for payment will be given at intake and information session.

No refund will be granted after the applicant has attended the first class.

Exemption Exam fees of $155 each are not included in the materials fees.

Admission Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older (under 18 will be considered if OSSD already achieved)
  • Have completed a minimum of 16 secondary school credits
  • Be willing to work flexible hours in work placements
  • Provide proof of Status in Canada & photo identification
  • Attend a mandatory Intake/Registration session*
  • Successfully complete literacy test and interview at intake/registration session
  • Provide documentation to verify CLB 6 completed in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing (for LINC/ESL students only)
  • $300 non-refundable deposit is payable at registration to ensure student acceptance. Remaining $1000 to be paid in full before the beginning of the program start date.

Hairstyling and Barber Training classes start at three different times each year.

  • Level I and II: Sept 27, 2021 to May 27, 2022
  • Watch for future dates!

    Intake Virtual Session for the last few spots — to be determined!

  • Complete Pre-registration form to get started for the September 2021 class

Classes are held at St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus , Full-time, 5 days a week (Mon-Fri; 8:45am to 3:30pm).  Work placement times will vary.

*Intake/registration sessions for Hairstyling and Barber Training are offered on specific dates throughout the year .  Please complete the Pre-Registration Form online. You will be contacted about completing the required literacy testing and to participate in an interview (either in-person or virtual).  By taking these 3 steps of an intake session, we can determine your motivations, capabilities and interests in the program as well as your future goals. From there, we can help you achieve success.  All individuals with some previous hair or aesthetics employment skills are welcomed, however, you do not have to have prior salon experience or have a completed high school diploma to be accepted.

ALL staff supporting students in the Hairstyling/Barber Training program are qualified, Ontario certified teachers; a key element that sets St. Louis apart from all other training options in this field.

Tamara Becker, OCT: Instructor

Cassandra Lima, OCT: Instructor

Jennifer Martin, OCT: Co-op Placement Instructor and Supervisor

For more information:


or call 519-745-1201 ext. 201