Hairstyling / Barber Training classes are scheduled to begin in Fall 2020. Registration is closed.

We will reopen registration for Hairstyling program either in October or November 2020 for our January class.

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.  It’s that simple. 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

  • 700 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.

December, March and September

(Mon-Fri; 8:45am to 3:30pm)

St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus 

  • Next class is planned to begin September 14, 2020 – May 18, 2021 (Registration is closed)
  • We will reopen registration for Hairstyling program either in October or November 2020 for our January class.

*Attendance at an intake/registration session for Hairstyling and Barber Training is mandatory.  Please be prepared to complete literacy testing and participate in an interview.  By doing this at 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

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

Holly Maclean : Co-op Placement Instructor and Supervisor

For more information:


or call 519-745-1201 ext. 201