The Hairdressing Foundations Course (990 hours) includes all facets of wet and dry hair styling as well as techniques in up-dos. Students will be trained by qualified hairstylists/instructors, to gain knowledge in advanced modern color techniques, color correction, creative custom foiling applications and hair lightening. Training in texture services includes an application of modern perming techniques. The hair cutting segment provides the foundation for modern cutting and texturizing techniques, razor and clipper cutting.​   ​

Students will pay a $250.00 deposit to Keystone upon acceptance into the program to secure their spot in the program.  Please refer to Keystone Dismissal Policy, Attendance Policy and other pertinent information  outlined in the Student Handbook.


Hairstylists are one of the more in demand trades currently out there.  It is a profession that you can easily start off in a salon, build a clientele and eventually start your own business.

Past graduates have worked for salons in town such as;
Great Clips, First Choice Haircutters, Indigo Lounge, Kurt Claude Bigler, Roots the Salon, The Ironside Salon


A Hairstylist apprentice must complete a 2-year program including 3600 workplace hours and 450 in-school hours of training.  After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship and Certificate of Qualification with Inter provincial Standard Endorsement.

By completing the Train In Trades Keystone College program you cover 1290 hours towards the Trade.


Keystone College
2720 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC
(250) 871-8300

Keystone College Website

  1. Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
  2. Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
  3. Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
  4. Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
  5. Sign up for S.T.E.P.
  6. Apply for a Trades Sampler program
  7. Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses

Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the Hairdressing Program at Keystone College in their Grade 12 year.

Grade 10 Grade 11

Grade 12

English 10
Math 10
CLE 10/Elective 10
Elective 10/Elective 10

English 11
Science 11
Elective 11
Elective 11/CLE11
English 12
Elective 12
Elective 12
Socials 10
Science 10
Elective 10/Elective 10
Math 11
Socials 11 or 12
Elective 11
Elective 11

Keystone College
Hairdressing Program

Comox Valley Location

Counts as Grade 12 Electives

G.P. Vanier Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2110
Career Teacher: Ross Jamison
Career Coordinator: Kelley Giorgianni

Mark R. Isfeld Career Office

Phone: 250-334-4628
Career Teacher: Peter Lineger
Career Coordinator: Randy James

Highland Career Office

Phone: 250-339-5525
Career Teacher: Jacques Nijhof
Career Coordinator: Tracey.MvKinney

Glacier View Career Office

Phone: 250-338-2752
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens

District Trades Coordinator

Steve Claassen
Cell: 250-897-5632
Email: Steve


If you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.

FILLABLE – District Application – Trades 2020
(Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

FILLABLE – Grade 12 SLP – Fall 2020
(Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)

ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form
(To completed once accepted to program)

Keystone College Application – Link to Online Application
Note:  You will also need to submit a Resume and a “Personal Statement” in the form of a paragraph indicating why you want to take the program.