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VIU SD63 Hairsylist Foundations Program

VIU SD63 Hairstylist Foundations Program

The Hairstylist Foundation Certificate Program

The Vancouver Island University Hairstylist program offered in partnership with the Saanich School District provides students with high-quality education in the art and science of hairdressing at the foundation level. Throughout this 10 month program students will progress through three phases of course work, to build their competency in both theoretical and practical application of skills. Learning is accomplished through a variety of instructional practices and student participation. Students quickly advance to performing services on live clients in Studio 63 Teaching Salon, using professional grade equipment and products that mirror those used in industry. This authentic learning environment provides students with the opportunity to hone their skill sets under the guidance of an experienced and dedicated instructor. Students learn to establish relationships with real clients, while being guided in the development of skills, speed, accuracy, and product knowledge in order to offer quality service to a clientele upon graduation.

To enhance the student experience further, guest artists and speakers are invited regularly to visit the program and provide industry insight along with valuable networking opportunities. Students gain additional experiential learning through participating in practicums hosted by professional, fully-operational salons within the community.

The goal of the VIU Hairdressing Program is to prepare our graduates to successfully begin their careers in the hairdressing industry. Successful graduates of this Program will receive:

  • ITALevel1Technical Training 990 Hours
  • SkilledTradesBC Work Based Training 300 Hours
  • VIUHairstylist Foundation and Experiential Learning Certificate
  • SkilledTradesBC Level 1 Certificate of Completion

The Hairstylist Foundation Program is a 10 month program- starting around February (the first day of Semester 2) each year. There is a 2 week spring break and a 7 week summer where students are encouraged to work on their practicum hours.

The program is in session 7 hours a day, Monday-Thursday. Students participate in their community salon practicums on Fridays. Students should expect 4-6 hours of home work each week.

Students will write VIU exams throughout the program, and in the final month of the program complete the SkilledTradesBC Hairstylist Foundation Level 1 exam. A minimum standing of 70% in both theory and practical skill is required to pass the program. Successful candidates will receive certification from both SkilledTradesBC and Vancouver Island University.

Program topics include:

  • Safety-related and Hygienic Functions.
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Client Service
  • Communication Techniques
  • Hairand Scalp Conditions
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair and Scalp
  • Haircutting
  • Facial and Nape Hair
  • Style Wet Hair
  • Style Dry Hair
  • Chemical Texture Service
  • Colour Hair
  • Lighten Hair
  • Color Correction
  • HairExtensions, Wigs, and Hairpieces
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Experiential Learning 1– Salon Module
  • Experiential Learning 2- Salon Module
  • Experiential Learning 3- Salon Module

Course Credits

Students who complete this program will receive 48 course credits and could receive up to 68

Course credits:

  • TRNL 12A-K(11courses)
  • WEx 12A

Potential additional course credits include:

  • WEx 12B
  • YWIT 11A
  • YWIT 11B
  • YWIT 12A
  • YWIT 12B

SD63 students contact the Careers Teacher at your school:




Heidi Hackman


Colleen McNamee


Rhiannon Cockayne


Nicole Thibadeau


Colleen McNamee

Out of district High School students please contact Nicole Thibadeau,

Adult Students: please contact VIU for application information

Learn more from your High School Career Counsellor or contact the Hairstylist Program Teacher

Saanich Schools - SD63

Career Contact Hairstylist Program: Nicole Thibadeau  Email:

Hairstylist Instructor: Anastasia Antoniadis   Email:


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