Just getting started in the cosmetology industry?

There are so many reasons to choose the beauty industry as a rewarding career, here are a few reasons:

  • Beauty. This is obvious...but when you're around beautiful things like art, nature and creativity, they can help enhance your life and make it easy to come to work everyday!
    Creativity. Having the chance to express yourself creatively is one of the top reasons people go into the cosmetology industry. You get to work with your hands and come up with new ideas all the time.
  • People. This profession is far from solitary career as you’ll have lots of time to chat when you're working on your clients' hair, skin and/or nails.
  • Gratification & Reward. Being a beauty professional is beyond just making people look beautiful. It's about working towards making the world a better place by making people feel beautiful about themselves.
  • Passion. Many beauty professionals feel passionate about beauty, and you will be able to appreciate that you can make a living from your passion.
  • Opportunity. Once you’re a certified cosmetology professional, your world is full of opportunities. You can become a salon manager or owner, teach at a cosmetology school, work for a company to help formulate products, demonstrate products and techniques at trade shows (it’s called “platform work”), develop new looks called “trend releases” for product lines, create styles for magazine or newspaper photo shoots, work on the sets of movies and TV, and much more!
  • Flexibility. You can create your own schedule. This is another thing cosmetology professionals love about this business. People get their hair done on weekends, at night, early before work-whatever hours you want to work, there are clients who need you. It’s common for people to work part-time some years and full-time other years, depending on life’s twists and turns.
  • Personal Growth. To stay on top of everything, beauty professionals go to classes, shows, read magazines, watch DVDs-anything that keeps you up on the latest/newest/hottest. When you’re learning, you feel connected and healthy.
  • Giving & Caring. It’s a charitable industry filled with generous people! In addition to being “givers” when it comes to treating clients well, cosmetologists are known for their good deeds and community service. Salons routinely hold fundraising, participate benefits for all sorts of charities like children’s needs, cancer, AIDS, hunger and pretty much any cause that you want to support.
  • Fun. A lot of salon or spa owners make sure the environment stays light and upbeat. They hold sales contests with prizes, decorate for holidays throughout the year, hold photo shoots and laugh a lot.
  • Teamwork. Salon & spas are all about building a team of professionals who help each other and play to everyone’s strengths. Older stylists help new people, and the whole staff pitches in if someone needs to take time away for illness or other personal crisis. A well-run salon or spa becomes a second family-in a good way!

Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your career as an esthetician.

  • Choosing the right career: Look at our occupational profiles here.
  • Looking for the right school: search our School Directory
  • Getting Certified: Finished school, get your professional certification.
  • Looking for work: Check our job board here or search our business directory.
  • Advanced Education: Register today for advanced education and check out our member only online resources.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money with discounts on textbooks, industry events, supplies and equipment.
  • Raise Your Profile: Promote yourself and showcase your creative work to new employers, clients and the industry-at-large in the searchable professional directory.

BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Educators and cosmetology schools teach and train students to become competent professionals in the rewarding cosmetology industry.


By being a BeautyCouncil member, you can help raise your individual and school profile on the professional registry while investing to elevate industry standards in safety, education, business practices and quality of work.


Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your teaching profession or cosmetology school.

  • Speaker program: Have BeautyCouncil visit and teach your students. Call 604-871-0222.
  • Professional Development: Attend the Teachers Summit information
  • Training Resources: Program Outlines/Lesson Overviews for Esthetics, Hair, Nails
  • Certification: Prepare your students with our Esthetics, Hair, Nails Exam Instructions
  • Raise Your Profile: Be sure to update your school profile on the searchable professional directory
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money with discounts on textbooks,industry events, supplies and equipment.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Get involved: BeautyCouncil is always looking to grow and improve its advanced education program. If you're interested in teaching for BeautyCouncil, please follow and read all of the instructions given:

  • Presenter Guidelines
  • Education Program Proposal Guidelines
    Note: All new education program proposals will be subject for review by BeautyCouncil's Standards Committee Panel. Once approved, the new classes will be added to the following season's calendar.

Become an educator: Are you interested in teaching? Here are requirements to teach:

  • BC: minimum 5 years experience in your trade or field & Provincial Instructors Diploma (if required from school)
  • Alberta: Alberta Teaching Certificate and Journeyman Certificate in Cosmetology

Register your school: You can register your school:

  • BC: Private Training Institution Branch (formerly PCTIA)
  • Alberta: Private Vocational Training in Alberta

Manufacturers produce beauty products for sale to wholesalers, distributors and/or salons.

Distributors purchase salon, spa, beauty and barber products and resell them at wholesale to beauty salons, barbershops and cosmetologists, and companies that sell over-the-counter beauty products,

By being a BeautyCouncil member, you can help raise your company profile on the professional registry while investing to elevate industry standards in safety, education, business practices and quality of work.


Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your salon/spa business.

  • Community Support: Get involved with BeautyCouncil events, review sponsorship/partnership opportunities here.
  • Job Board: Looking for great team members, post your job here.
  • Continuing Education Program: Get involved with our Continuing Education program review submission outline.
  • Promotion: Don't forget to list your business & product lines in the searchable professional directory.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money on essential products & services for your business. Check out the member benefits.
  • Industry Research: Have a great question for our members. Please send your survey suggestions here.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Salon & spa owners run and operate full-service salons/spas or have businesses that specialize in hair, skin or nail care services.

As a salon/spa owner and a business professional in a leadership role, you can earn the respect of clients and your community. Your salon/spa salon can be a social hub where you develop long-term friendships with employees and clients.

By being a BeautyCouncil member, you can help raise your salon & spa profile on the professional registry while investing to elevate industry standards in safety, education, business practices and quality of work.

Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your salon/spa business.

  • Advertising: Don't forget to list your business profile & link it to your social media pages in the searchable professional directory.
  • Events: Stay connected & get involved with BeautyCouncil events.
  • Jobs Board: Looking for great team members, post your job here.
  • Management & Staff Training: Get involved with our Continuing Education program at great member discounted rates.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money on essential products & services for your business. Check out the member benefits.
  • News & Research: Looking for trends and benchmarks, participate in industry surveys and compare your data and stay on top of the latest news.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Nail technicians are skilled individuals performing manicures, pedicures, nail art, applying or refilling gel or acrylic nails and various treatments for the hands and feet.

You have the opportunity to branch off in your career by teaching or opening your salon or spa, school, and much more!

Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your career as a nail technician.

  • Cosmetology School: To become a certified nail technician, you will need to complete a nail technician program at a cosmetology school. To choose what school is right for you, you must do your research and consider the course curriculum, the location of the school and financial commitment of the nail technician program. You can search for registered cosmetology schools in the searchable professional directory.
  • Nail Technician Certification Exam: Once you have completed your training in a cosmetology institution, it's highly recommended that you register to challenge the nail technology exam. Once you have successfully passed our examination, you will become a Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP) in nail technology.
  • Continuing Education: New nail application techniques as well as technology and procedures are always appearing, encouraging nail technicians to take advantage of continuing education opportunities.
  • Events: Stay connected & get involved with BeautyCouncil events.
  • Find a Job: As a nail technician you can find employment opportunities in our job bank or space rental options in our classifieds section.
  • Raise Your Profile: Don't forget to list your business profile & link it to your social media pages in the searchable professional directory.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money on essential products & services for your business. Check out the member benefits.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Hairdressers are creative individuals who have a passion for styling hair and this trade has many exciting opportunities from being a colourist, hairstylist, barber, salon owner, creative director, and much more.

You have the opportunity to become a platform artist who educates and demonstrates product and techniques at trade shows, create editorial looks for magazine or newspaper photo shoots, work on movie & TV sets and more.


Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your career as a hairdresser.

  • Cosmetology School: To become a certified hairdresser, you will need to complete a hairdressing program at a cosmetology school. To choose what school is right for you, you must do your research and consider the course curriculum, the location of the school and financial commitment of the hairdressing program. You can search for registered cosmetology schools in the searchable professional directory.
  • Hairdressing Certification Exam: Once you have completed your training in a cosmetology institution, it's highly recommended that you register to challenge the hair exam. Once you have successfully passed our examination, you will become a Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP) in hairdressing.
  • Continuing Education: New techniques, technology and procedures are always appearing, encouraging hairdressers to take advantage of continuing education opportunities. There are always cutting, colouring, and updo classes to help a stylist better their skills and techniques.
  • Events: Stay connected & get involved with BeautyCouncil events.
  • Find a Job: As a hairdresser you can work in salons or rent a chair or space. You can find employment opportunities in our job bank or space rental options in our classifieds section.
  • Raise Your Profile: Don't forget to list your business profile & link it to your social media pages in the searchable professional directory.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money on essential products & services for your business. Check out the member benefits.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.

Estheticians are skincare specialists and makeup artists who have many exciting jobs in the beauty industry. You give relaxing facials and body treatments, massages, work with tools such as lasers, provide hair removal services, artistic make-up and much more.

You have the opportunity to branch off in your career and work with a doctor to perform medical esthetics, open up your own day spa or even work with a chemist to create your own product line.

Here are quick links to tools and resources to help support the development and advancement in your career as an esthetician.

  • Cosmetology School: To become a certified esthetician, you will need to complete an esthetics program at a cosmetology school. To choose what school is right for you, you must do your research and consider the course curriculum, the location of the school and financial commitment of the esthetics program. You can search for registered cosmetology schools in the searchable professional directory.
  • Esthetics Certification Exam: Once you have completed your training in a cosmetology institution, it's highly recommended that you register to challenge the esthetics exam. Once you have successfully passed our examination, you will become a Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP) in esthetics.
  • Continuing Education: New skincare and make-up lines as well as technology and procedures are always appearing, encouraging estheticians to take advantage of continuing education opportunities. There are always treatment, machine, skincare line and makeup classes to help an esthetician better their skills and techniques.
  • Events: Stay connected & get involved with BeautyCouncil events.
  • Find a Job: As an esthetician you can work in day spas, medical spas, or rent your own private room or space. You can find employment opportunities in our job bank or space rental options in our classifieds section.
  • Raise Your Profile: Don't forget to list your business profile & link it to your social media pages in the searchable professional company directory.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts: Save money on essential products & services for your business. Check out the member benefits.
  • BeautySafe: Be an industry leader and be BeautySafe certified! Working in a deregulated environment, you can raise industry standards by proactively updating and refreshing your knowledge on the protocols for infection control, cleaning and chemical practices.
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