Why Get Certified

Certification Information

Exams & Certification Overview

Upon completion of your training, it's highly recommended that you register for the BeautyCouncil examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination, you will receive a BeautyCouncil Certificate of Qualification in hair, esthetics, nail technology or one of the industry sub-trades.

BeautyCouncil's Certificate of Qualification is required to obtain the Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP) designation. Those holding the CCP designation are professionals in good standing and are recognized internationally. Among many benefits of holding professional trade credentials, you are granted the eligibility to purchase exclusive professional products and equipment, and to apply for liability/malpractice insurance.

Please check with your municipality as some districts (i.e.. City of Surrey) will require a BeautyCouncil Certificate of Qualification when applying for a business license.

Check your desired industry trade or sub-trade for exam requirements.

*Proof of training is required to be eligible to take the exam

BeautyCouncil Exams

BeautyCouncil holds exams approximately every six (6) weeks in Langley and Vancouver, BC. These exams are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Candidates will be booked once they have completed their exam application forms and submitted them to the association. Exam instructions are emailed to each candidate with their exam notification and are also available on the BeautyCouncil website.  


We are currently on the lookout for exam venues for open call exams in other areas of the province.  If you know of a venue that would be willing to hold open call exams, please contact BeautyCouncil at 604-871-0222 or exams@beautycouncil.ca.

Exam Fees

Fully Qualified Exams

(Hairdressing, Barbering, Esthetics, Nail Technology)

  • Member Price: $150.00 + GST = $157.50
  • Non-member Price: $250.00 + GST = 262.50

Fast Track Exams

(Waxing, Make-up)

  • Member Price: $100.00 + GST = $105.00
  • Non-member Price: $150.00 + GST = $157.50

Retake Exam 

  • Member & Non-member Price = $100.00 + GST = $105.00

Exam Fees are non-refundable

Certified Professional

Once you have passed your exam, you are eligible to become a Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP)! With your CCP designation you will be listed in the Professional Registry and recognized as a BeautyCouncil member in good standing, as well as fully qualified professional who exhibits the necessary skills and knowledge to meet industry standards.

To achieve your CCP status, you are asked to comply with the following:

  • You are a BeautyCouncil member in good standing (a current member).
  • You have promised to abide by BeautyCouncil’s professional code of conduct.
  • You have completed the recommended practical and theoretical training in your trade.
  • You have successfully passed BeautyCouncil’s examination in hair, esthetics and/or nails (or any of the sub-trades).

CCPs include salon and spa owners, home-based businesses, hairdressers, estheticians, nails technicians, retirees, chair and space renters, mobile services, teachers, instructors, manufacturers, distributors and sales representatives.