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Studio 500 Hairstylist Program

Tuition-Free Hairstylist Training Program in Toronto

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How to become a licensed hairstylist in Toronto

You can turn your interest in hairstyling into a career with Studio 500! We provide training that can prepare you for a career in hairstyling – tuition-free – or launch your career with an apprenticeship.

Become a fully certified and licensed hairstylist with Ministry-accredited hairstylist pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with Studio 500. We are an approved training delivery agent for the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

Based in Etobicoke, Toronto, Studio 500 welcomes learners from across the Greater Toronto Area to train as a hairstylist. Download our Program Flyer here.

What you get when you train at Studio 500:

We provide our participants:

  • An internationally-recognized program for a Red Seal Trade – You can take this skill and certification anywhere around the world!
  • Tuition-free learning for our pre-apprenticeship program participants.
  • $400 class fee for registered apprentices to join our apprenticeship program.
  • a complete tool kit, including everything you need to be successful during your training.
  • textbook with training material.

Which program is right for you: Pre-Apprenticeship or Apprenticeship

Our pre-apprenticeship program is a 22-week program that offers hands-on training followed by an eight-week salon field placement. After completing a pre-apprenticeship program, you will have completed the Level 1 training which can entice an employer to officially register you as an apprentice and allow you to complete Level 2 training.

To become a hairstylist apprentice:

  • Find an employer to hire and sponsor your training.
  • Sign a training agreement with your employer that is prepared by an Apprenticeship Branch consultant.

Our apprenticeship program includes hairstyling theory and hands-on training. We offer part-time and full-time classes. You can earn while you gain training, too.

Our program will prepare you for the Certificate of Qualification Examination for Hairstylists in Ontario, so you can become a fully licensed hairstylist in Ontario.

Have questions or feel a little confused about how to get started? Learn more about each program. Alternatively, you can scroll down to contact us or fill out the form.

Important Dates

Class Level Start Date End Date Time
Pre- Apprenticeship N/A June 3, 2024 Sept 11, 2024
Jun 5-Aug 9:Wed-Fri
Aug 12-Sept 11: Mon-Fri
    Sept 12, 2024 Dec 20, 2024
Sep 18-Nov 15: Wed-Fri
Nov 19-Dec 20: Mon-Fri
Full Time OYAP April 9, 2024 June 4, 2024 9am-3:30pm
Full Time 1 June 17, 2024 Aug 13, 2024 9am-3:30pm
    Nov 11, 2024 Jan 17, 2024 9am-3:30pm
Full Time 2 Sept 3, 2024 Nov 5, 2024 9am-3:30pm
Part Time 1 April 2, 2024 July 29, 2024 8am-4pm
    Dec 2, 2024 April 8, 2025 8am-4pm
Exam Prep 1 Aug 6, 2024 Aug 20, 2024 9am-3:30pm
Part Time 2 Aug 6, 2024 Dec 3, 2024 8am-4pm


Get in touch and get started

Please see the Notice of Information Collection at the bottom of this page.

Contact Us

Call us at (416) 394-6961
Or send an SMS Text Message to (647) 694-2209

COVID-19 Protocols

As a salon and hairstylist apprenticeship program, we recognize the critical need to implement and follow Covid-19 protocols. Below are the protocols we’re following to ensure the health and safety of our staff, learners, and community members.

  1. We will continue to also offer virtual services, where possible.
  2. In-person service is limited, so one-on-one meetings, if required, will be available by appointment only.
  3. Classes will be offered in blended format – combination of virtual and in-person classes.
  4. Prior to entering the centre, staff and visitors are required to complete the online COVID self-assessment available at and provide a confirmation that it was completed. If anyone is feeling unwell or have any symptoms, they should not enter the centre. We encourage those with symptoms to get tested at the nearest COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
  5. All staff and visitors must wear a face mask or covering, sanitize hands and adhere to physical distancing requirements.
  6. Signage about hand washing and proper respiratory etiquette will be prominent in the centre.
  7. We ask that visitors come to the centre alone to avoid crowding.
  8. Routine cleaning of general facilities and enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces such as door handles.

Notice of Collection and Use of Personal Information:

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of sections 58(5), 169.1-173 and 189 of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2 and will be used to plan, administer, deliver and promote the Toronto District School Board (“TDSB”) Community Services programs and initiatives, as well as for statistical purposes. This information is retained in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M56 and will be shared with authorized TDSB staff and the TDSB authorized service provider(s) in order to administer the above purposes. Questions about this collection should be directed to Cristina Graida, TDSB Community Services Coordinator at, or at 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N8.