Take the first step toward an exciting career in hairstyling, esthetics, or makeup artistry so you can do what you love every day! The information you need to start building your career in the exciting beauty industry is right here.  

Getting started is easy—discover the step-by-step process of how to enroll in the program of your choice at the HDC, along with other important information such as requirements, tuition, and program dates.  

Don’t wait any longer to start the future you’ve been dreaming about—read on and apply today!

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Program Dates

On your application, you can choose from various intake dates for each specific program offered at the HDC: Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry & Lash Extensions.


The tuition for the programs at the HDC are outlined in the chart below. For detailed information on what is included in the tuition, see the program page for the program you are interested in.

Hair Program Esthetics Program Makeup Program Lash Program
Course Tuition: $11, 565 $10,950 $3,050 $3,705
Student Tool Kit: $3,130 $3,125 $2050 $1,750
Total: $14,695 $14,075 $5,100 $5,455

(Tuition and kit costs are subject to change without notice.)

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“HDC helped me see the true gift of being an esthetician. I gained a strong love and respect for the career.”

Alanna Hubley

Admissions Requirements

Whether you are applying to the Hair, Esthetics, Makeup or Lash Program, you have to complete the following before you officially become a student:

  • Completion of Grade 12 diploma, GED, or equivalent*.
  • Submission of online application.
  • Successful completion of an admissions meeting with an Admissions Coordinator at the HDC. Acceptance is contingent on exemplifying the HDC P.R.I.D.E. values (Passion, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Enthusiasm).

*For mature students, the HDC offers an adult achievement test that serves as an education prerequisite for a fee of $50 and is taken on-site.

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“HDC gave me the confidence, techniques and business building tools I needed to achieve the goals I wanted in the industry and push me from hobby to career mode.”

Allie MacNeil

Admissions Process

Below is a step-by-step guide that outlines the admissions process from the time you submit your application to the first day of your program.

  1. Apply online: Submit a free online application. Be sure to fill out the application with complete and accurate information, including your desired program, start date and personal contact information so we can get in touch with you.
  2. Schedule an admissions meeting: Our admissions department will reach out to you within 1-2 business days after you submit your application to set up a meeting with an Admissions Coordinator either in person or over the phone. The goal of the meeting is to ensure that pursuing an education at the HDC is right for you. It’s also an opportunity to tour the campus, learn more about the HDC, and review the curriculum outline, financial information, schedules, and discuss any other relevant details and questions.
  3. Submit proof of education: Provide any outstanding documents to the Admissions Coordinator including education prerequisites such as High School or post-secondary transcripts.
  4. Wait for acceptance: After your meeting with the Admissions Coordinator, you will hear back from them regarding your acceptance into the program. Once you have been accepted, you can take the next step toward starting your career in cosmetology!
  5. Pay your registration fee: Once you’ve been accepted, reserve your seat in the program by paying the non-refundable registration fee—$300 for Hair Design or Esthetics and $140 for Makeup Artistry or Lash Technician.
  6. Sign your contract: Once you’ve paid the registration fee, you’ll need to sign your student enrollment contract prior to starting your program. The contract outlines details regarding school rules, program outcomes, and licensure information.
  7. Attend your first day of school: Now that you have completed all the steps to become a student, all you have to do is get ready for your first day of school!

The HDC will provide you with the foundation, technical skills, and salon & spa experience you need to start your career in cosmetology. Ready to love what you do? Apply now!

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The HDC Bursary Program

The Hair Design Centre’s Bursary program provides funds to students who are passionate about the beauty industry and are committed to beginning a career as a salon professional. A $500.00 bursary is available for a selected Hair Design or Esthetics student, and a $250.00 bursary is available for a selected Makeup Artistry or Lash Technician student. Click here to learn more and apply for a bursary.


The HDC is proudly a part of the Salon Resource Group, and our graduates benefit from this by often beginning their careers one of the amazing salons in the group, including The Head Shoppe and Vitality Medi Spa.

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