The province of Alberta only has two designated trades for beauty. Each designated trade has its own standards for a journeyperson certification set by the Alberta Board of Skilled Trades.
There are four pathways that designated trades can qualify for a certification:
- Apprenticeship – recommended for beginners in the trade as one can register for an apprenticeship program to learn and get certified.
- Work Experience – Those with experiences in the trade whether in or outside of Alberta can get their work hours verified by the board to take the certification examination.
- Recognised Credentials – Those with non-Alberta trade credentials that are recognised can qualify for the provincial examination.
- Alternative Recognised Training – Some designated trades may not have apprenticeship programs, and the board has requirements set to qualify for the examination.
For the apprenticeship pathway, an individual must ideally first find a sponsor and create an agreement with them before starting the apprenticeship program. The sponsor serves as their “employer” while they are working and learning with them.
They can become a registered apprentice and attend classroom learning before having on-the-job training, but they may find the classes challenging. More information about sponsorship is detailed here:
Here’s a list of the beauty services in Alberta that are regulated and not regulated: