Prince Edward Island

In Prince Edward Island, only hairstylists are regulated among the beauty services. Other services allow beauticians to work without a Certificate of Qualification.

However, if an individual wants to get a Certificate of Qualification, they can complete an apprenticeship program, take the exam if they’re a trade qualifier or use a certificate from another province to apply for a Prince Edward Island’s certification, given the trade has certifications available in the province.

Since most designated trades can challenge the Red Seal examination, those with experience without formal training or a trade qualifier can apply to take the exam.

Here are the popular beauty services that you can learn and offer in Prince Edward Island:

Regulated Beauty Services in Prince Edward Island, Canada:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Prince Edward Island, Canada:

Regulated Trade Skills in Prince Edward Island, Canada


Hairstylists are designated in the province and with specific laws as per the Prince Edward Island Hairdressers Association.

The Hairdressers’ Act highlights that all studying and practising in the province must be registered with or licensed by the association. For students, they should be enrolled in a training institution registered with the association. They are also expected to complete 1,250 training hours and must pass the examination for theory and technical skills.

Once training is finished, the graduate must register as a licensed beauty operator I with the association. The license allows the hairstylist to start their employment with a licensed salon and practice their skills supervised by a master beauty operator. A minimum of 1,000 work hours are required to take the practical examination given by the association. Passing the exam allows the beauty operator I to become a beauty operator II.

As a beauty operator II, the hairstylist is also expected to continue working with the master beauty operator to advance their skills. They also need at least 1,000 work hours to register as a master beauty operator with the association.

Further details about licensing for hairstylists are given here:

Also, hairstylists are designated for a Red Seal certification, so they can challenge the examination to work in any province in Canada.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists work to help ease body aches through various massage techniques.

The consolidation document for the licensing regulations of this trade states that interested individuals in massage therapy should complete an approved degree or diploma course in the trade. The person then should pass the provincial and competency examinations given by the council.

Within three years of becoming a massage therapist, the professional should display the currency of professional skills and knowledge. They should do any of the following:

  • Complete a refresher program that satisfies the registrar of the council.
  • Actively practice massage therapy for a minimum of 500 hours.
  • Complete the educational requirements stated in Section 7 of the Regulated Health Professions Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. R-10.1.

Continuing competency is also another requirement for massage therapists to comply to. Professionals must use the methods or participate in programs provided by the council to assess competency.

More details about the registration and licensing requirements for massage therapy are available here:

Non-Regulated Trade Skills in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning is rising in popularity in the beauty industry as it’s a quick way to get tanned. Many aspiring beauticians want to learn spray tanning, and in Prince Edward Island, there are no licensing laws for it. Anyone can get trained for this trade by any training provider around the world.

Lash Technician

Lash techs dye and perm brows and lashes and provide eyelash extensions. They are in demand, and many are interested in getting skilled in lashes. The province is not regulated yet, so training can be done online or by any training provider.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists are skilled in various makeup looks, such as day, editorial, bridal, fashion and special effects makeup. In Prince Edward Island, this trade has no licensing regulations, so professional training can come from anywhere.


Facialists provide skin care treatments, such as facials and masks, to clients. Interested aspirants can train to learn professional facial skills from any training provider.

Nail Technician

Nail techs primarily cut, trim, colour and beautify nails. They can make the hands and feet look beautiful when done appropriately. Aspiring nail techs can train and master professional skills at any training institution since this trade is not regulated in the province.

Waxing Technician

Waxing techs are skilled professionals who remove unwanted hair in different body areas. They offer hot and cold wax depending on the preference of the client or the area of the body to be waxed. Regulations for licensing for this trade are not set in Prince Edward Island, so training can be done by any waxing course provider.