FAQs about the OHSA

FAQs about Private Career Colleges that offer a 1500-hour Hairstyling program

What is the OHSA?

The OHSA is the Ontario Hairstyling  Schools Association.  This group of Private Career Colleges formed a not-for-profit association to help member schools improve the education and training of students looking for a career in the Hairstyling industry.

Why should I choose an OHSA member Private Career College?

Not all Private Career Colleges are the same.  Some may not have received their accreditation from the Ontario government, and so they fall short of providing students with the higher standards set by the OHSA.

Members of the OHSA must adhere to specific by-laws which promote excellent training, updated information on Government legislation and continued support to their instructors.

What do registered Private Career Colleges teaching the 1500-hour Hairstyling program offer?

These Private Career Colleges offer a very efficient and direct route towards obtaining a Certificate of Qualification in the Hairstyling trade.

Students are taught by qualified instructors who have the knowledge and experience needed to work with students in a learning environment.

Who are the instructors?

The instructors are fully licensed hairstylists who are trained to identify different learning styles and adapt or modify proven techniques to relate to the needs of the individual student.

How much do Hairstyling courses at registered Private Career Colleges cost?

Total course costs for Hairstyling courses at member Private Career Colleges range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00.  Costs vary according to school size, location, number of instructors and contents of the kit offered to the student for the purpose of training.

Will I work on real people?

Yes.  Private Career Colleges offering Hairstyling courses are open to the public and offer services at reduced rates in order to attract clients for the students.

The 1500-hour curriculum contains a large percentage of training on live models.  Students in the 1500-hour Hairstyling course receive in most cases far more hands-on experience than the student in a full apprenticeship program.

When will I be able to work in a salon?

In most cases, a person with little or no experience can be completely trained and ready for employment in less than one year.

What is a Certificate of Qualification?

This is your licence to practise as a hairstylist in Ontario.

Who hires students from registered Private Career Colleges teaching the 1500-hour Hairstyling program?

Graduates of Private Career Colleges offering the 1500-hour Hairstyling program are hired by salon owners or managers because these students have had the necessary training and hands-on experience and are able to adapt quickly to the salon setting.

What are the advantages of a 1500-hour Hairstyling program over a full apprenticeship program?

Graduates of a 1500-hour Hairstyling program have had in most cases more practical experience than a full apprenticeship student.

Their training has been provided by licensed hairstylists who have also received training as teachers.

What is the next step after graduation?

Once you have completed the 1500-hour Hairstyling program and found employment in a licensed salon, you will need to register with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities' Apprenticeship office for the next phase of your training: apprenticeship.  There is a 2000-hour benchmark based on competency.

As a newly hired stylist, you will be given an apprenticeship book.  It is the responsibility of the salon owner or manger to sign off the units in this book, verifying your competency.

When can I write the Ministry exam for Hairstyling?

After your employer has signed off each unit in your apprenticeship book, verifying your competency, you may register with the Apprenticeship office to write your exam.

How often do I renew my licence?

After you have successfully passed the exam and have received your Certificate of Qualification as a licensed hairstylist in Ontario, you must renew your licence every 3 years.