Clause 53(1)(a) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005 enables the Superintendent of Career Colleges to issue policy directives setting out standards for vocational programs or classes of vocational programs.

Subsection 53(2) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005, establishes that policy directives issued by the Superintendent of Career Colleges are legal requirements that are binding on all career colleges and every career college must comply with and operate in accordance with the policy directive.

Program approval

Pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005, career colleges that offer program(s) leading to a credential in hairstyling must have the program(s) approved by the Superintendent of Career Colleges.

career colleges intending to offer programs leading to a profession in hairstyling must comply with the directive outlined above and submit a complete program approval application to the Superintendent for consideration.

Upon receipt of program approval, the career college must include the disclaimer language below in all student contracts.

This is a legal document and is binding on all career colleges (PCC). Every career college shall comply with and be operated in accordance with this policy directive.

Issued: May 1, 2013

Mandatory requirements

Programs offered at career colleges designed to prepare students to obtain their Certificate of Qualification in Hairstyling, are required to:

The Career College Hairstyling Training Standard and disclaimer below form part of this policy directive.

Similar training programs

Programs that are related to hairstyling (for example, scalp treatment specialist or hair replacement technician) are not subject to this policy directive. The career college offering the program must ensure that all promotional materials and enrolment contracts do not suggest that the program provides students with a credential as a hairstylist, leading to a Certificate of Qualification.


Under subsection 24 (1) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005, a career college’s program approval may be revoked if the Superintendent believes that the program fails to meet the conditions of the approval. If a career college does not comply with the directive set out above, any of the following enforcement actions may be taken:

  • issuance of a Notice of Program Revocation
  • issuance of a Compliance or Restraining Order
  • application to a court for a Judicial Restraining Order
  • Proposal to Revoke or to Not Renew Registration
  • Prosecution for offences under the Career Colleges Act, 2005

Contact the Career Colleges Branch if you need more information.

Duty to inform

Important note to the registered career college providing training:

  • The wording below must be used exactly as specified and must be provided by the career college to students when the contract is being reviewed and signed
  • Please insert the school and program name where indicated and include a signature and date line to record the student's acknowledgement
  • The document must be kept in the student's file as a record of the disclosure

Disclaimer: student enrolment in hairstyling

In the province of Ontario, hairstyling is considered a trade which involves an apprenticeship. In order to qualify for an apprenticeship there are some requirements of pre-apprentices that have trained through a career college program.

  1. All apprentices in hairstyling must have a grade 12 diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) or other provincial equivalent, such as a General Educational Development Certificate (GED).

Students without a grade 12 diploma or equivalent will not be eligible to be registered as apprentices and will therefore be unable to work as a hairstylist in Ontario. Students can complete the grade 12 or equivalent while in the hairstyling program, however the diploma or equivalent must be obtained prior to seeking acceptance as an apprentice.

  1. Students who study hairstyling at a career college must complete a total of 1500 hours of instruction as outlined in the training standard for the trade.

Students who have missed practice time at the career college may be required to make up the hours prior to obtaining the hairstyling credential. Students will have to demonstrate that 1500 hours have been completed when seeking acceptance as an apprentice.

I acknowledge that I have read the above and understand the information contained in this disclaimer.

Student Name:





Contact the ministry if you have questions:

Career Colleges Branch
Ministry of Colleges and Universities
77 Wellesley Street, Box 977
Toronto, ON M7A 1N3