This NEW program follows the SkilledTradesBC (formerly the Industry Training Authority or ITA) Apprentice outline.  Students will do their 300hrs of technical training at Foundation Salon & Academy and their Work Based Training (990hrs) concurrently at a local salon (It may not be at Foundations).  At the end of the program students will be well on their way to completing Hairstylist Level 1.  While students are completing their Work Based Training hours they will be earning a wage.

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 $200.00 deposit to Foundations Salon & Academy upon acceptance into the program to secure their spot in the program.  A program policy book laying out; Dismissal Policy, Attendance Policy and other pertinent information will be given out.


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.


Foundation Hair Salon & Academy
273 5th Street, Courtenay

Program Start Date: February

Program Length: Semester 2

Note: The program follows the Comox Valley School’s Calendar.  However, students may be working at a salon during spring break.


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