Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador has four categories for their trade skills:

  • Certification Only – No training is available in the province for these trades, but individuals can take certification exams.
  • Training and Certification – Training and certification are offered in the province.
  • Provincial Trades – Non-Red Seal trades designated for provincial training and/or certification as needed locally.
  • Interprovincial Trades – Trades that have Red Seal endorsements, allowing professionals to work anywhere in the country.

Initially, designated trades are voluntary, and there are only five compulsory trades in Newfoundland & Labrador. However, massage therapy has its own set of regulations about who can legally practice in the province.

Beauty services are not listed as compulsory, so they are not regulated in the province. The list of designated trades shows that hairstylists are categorised under Training and Certification, but this only means that professionals have the option to get certified in the province by taking an accredited program. This trade is still voluntary.

Regulated Beauty Service in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada:

Regulated Trade Skill in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Massage Therapist

Performing relaxation techniques is what massage therapists do. They knead and rub the soft tissues of the body to ease pain and tension. Each massage technique is created to relax a specific area of the body that’s in pain.
Massage therapy in Newfoundland & Labrador is the only beauty trade skill with strict licensing regulations. Based on the Massage Therapy Board Regulations, 2005, a massage therapist is considered registered and licensed in the province if they are able to comply with the requirements stated in the law, such as:

  • degree or diploma in massage therapy from an approved institution
  • proof of passing the competency examination
  • proof of membership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists Association Inc.

More details about the requirements are given here:

Non-Regulated Trade Skills in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada


Hairstylists provide hair services, such as cutting, shaving, trimming, styling and scalp treatments. They are also able to write the Red Seal examination to work anywhere in Canada once they pass.

Nail Technician

Nail techs offer artificial nail application and removal, manicuring and pedicuring. They take care of and beautify nails based on the trends. They also provide massages to the hands and feet and foot spas.

Lash Technician

Lash techs can do lash and brow enhancements like lash and brow tinting and perming and lash extensions. The industry expects them to have strong attention to detail and steady hands.

To increase professional credibility, lash techs in Newfoundland & Labrador can apply as a member of the National Association of Lash Artists, an international regulating body for lash techs.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists can perform bridal, special effects, day, evening, fashion makeup and more. They are also skilled in blending colours and using the right tools to create beautiful results. Theatre, film and TV are some of the industries makeup artists can work into.

Waxing Technician

Hot and wax treatments are the common procedures waxing techs provide. They remove hair in the arms, legs, face, chest, armpits and even intimate areas. They are also skilled in different techniques to wax hair in various parts of the body.


Skin care specialists or facialists perform facial treatments for clients. They offer facials, peels, facial massages and more. The primary goal for facialists is to make their clients look and feel beautiful.

Spray Tanning Technician

The demand for spray tanning is getting higher in the beauty industry. Spray tanning techs use airbrush devices to tan the skin and achieve that beautiful darker colour. The procedure only takes several minutes, so clients can quickly get tanned with this beauty treatment.