Generally, in Saskatchewan, there are two ways to become a journeyperson: the apprenticeship and tradesperson routes.

The apprenticeship route requires an individual to get employed in their trade and let their employer register them with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). The commission facilitates and regulates trade certifications and apprenticeship programs in the province.

The individual then needs to complete the training with an accredited apprenticeship provider by the commission while working with their employer. Once they finish their training, they can write the provincial journeyperson examination. Successful passing makes the individual a recognised tradesperson in Canada, provides the opportunity to increase their wage or have a wage incentive and gives them the advantage of getting hired by employers who prefer certified tradespersons.

The tradesperson route, on the other hand, is for those that have years of working experience in their trades but didn’t undergo apprenticeship programs. They can take the provincial journeyperson examination if they meet the eligibility requirements, such as meeting the number of years of experience and number of work hours. More information about the tradesperson requirements is given here:

However, some trade skills are considered compulsory, so individuals interested in these trades need to take the apprenticeship route to get the journeyperson certification. Visit the FAQs page of the SATCC to know the quick list of compulsory trade skills:

Now that you have an idea of how to become a journeyperson in Saskatchewan, check out this list of beauty services in the province and their specific licensing regulations, which are each detailed below:

Non-Regulated Beauty Service in Saskatchewan, Canada:

Regulated Trade Skills in Saskatchewan, Canada

Nail Technician

A nail technician, as defined by SATCC, is an esthetician-nail technician trade skill. Under this trade, nail techs are those that offer manicures, pedicures, artificial nail enhancements or applications and cosmetic massage for the fingers and limbs.

For those who are interested in taking the apprenticeship route, here’s the list of accredited training providers for nails:

More resources and information about an esthetician-nail technician in the province are available here:

Lash Technician / Waxing Technician / Makeup Artist / Facialist / Massage Therapist

All these trade skills are categorised under one trade skill: esthetician-skin care technician, as per the SATCC. As defined by the commission, an esthetician-skin care technician performs manicures, pedicures, hair removal methods, cosmetic massage, lash & brow tinting, lash enhancements, makeup, skin problem correction using lasers or electric currents, specialised facial treatments and specialised body treatments.

Visit this list of accredited training providers from the SATCC.

More details and resources about becoming a skin care tech in Saskatchewan are provided here:


A hairstylist is defined by the SATCC as a tradesperson who does hair chemical alteration, styling, cutting and shampooing. They also have related skills in customer service and retail.

This trade skill has specific regulations about who is allowed to work in the industry. The Guide to Course Content states that:

“All Hairstylists wishing to work in the trade are legally required to first complete a pre-employment training program recognized by the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.”

This means professional training in theory and practical aspects is crucial to successfully work in the trade. Complete information about the training is detailed here:

Also, hairstylists in Saskatchewan can take the Red Seal examination to earn the privilege of serving clients not just in the province but also across Canada.

Non-Regulated Trade Skill in Saskatchewan, Canada

Spray Tanning Technician

This is the only trade skill on our list that doesn’t have licensing regulations. Online and in-person training from international or local providers is acceptable.

The only important reminder to consider is to check the personal service settings regulations for non-invasive services, which spray tanning is categorised under. This is helpful for individuals thinking about building their own spray tanning salons or are employed in one in the province. Detailed information for personal service settings regulations is shown here:

Apprentice Transfer

Saskatchewan requests apprentices to indicate the province they transferred from to verify their apprenticeship credits. There are some provinces that have specific requirements for the transfer, so apprentices are expected to comply with these.

More information about apprenticeship transfers is found here: