New Brunswick is a great place to learn the beauty industry. Like many Canadian provinces, growth is expected in trade industries like cosmetology and hairstyling, and getting in with the right school program, you could be looking at opportunity for a great new career. It is even possible to start your some classes in high school.

New Brunswick is a small province and is honestly not a beauty hub like, for example, Michigan with scores of schools, but it is home to some very respected beauty schools such as the Majestany Institute, or Medes College. These are great institutions that will get you the qualifications you need for your license.

Education Requirements

Each specialisation for a cosmetology license has a different set of requirements in the province of New Brunswick. But all must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma when they start their training. To qualify for mature student status, you must be at least 21 years old.

All training will take place under the direct supervision of a licensed school. Classrooms are small, with plenty of one on one attention. You must complete no less than 1600 hours over no less than 42 weeks for a hairstylist license, with different requirements for esthetician and nail technician. Certainly you’ll encounter challenges when getting your education, including possibly financial need, but it is all worth it!

Getting Your License

Students are not able to work on clients until they’ve received 160 hours of training. At the school’s discretion, you must complete 250 hours of work study at a registered salon. Once all of your study requirements have been met, the school will apply for your exam. You may apply for an assistant license after three hours of study, which allows you to continue to work while your exams are scheduled. You must be examined by the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick when your course finishes, and after passing the exam, you receive your license.

License for Out-Of-Province

You can apply for New Brunswick hairstylist license from out of province, but you will be required to take the examination. You may also be required to offer your work hours as proof of experience, and since several provinces don’t have educational requirements, you may opt to take a short refresher course at a New Brunswick beauty school.

Renew Your License

To renew your New Brunswick license, you’ll need to go online to the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick. Depending on if you are a salon operator, an assistant, or just a cosmetologist, you will pay separate fees for each. The fees must be paid annually in order to renew. Renewal date is the date of your current license.

Beauty Jobs in NB

The Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick can offer a lot to a graduate of one of their programs. They can help you find a school, work study programs, and more. They even have a job bank to help you started.

There are some amazing opportunities in New Brunswick’s thriving tourist industry for salon and spa workers. You can even get work in a medical office, as a skin care specialist. However you choose to continue your career, getting your education in New Brunswick will start you off with the right qualifications, and the right attitude.

Other NB schools for estheticians, barbers.


New Image Beauty School – Moncton

Majestany Institute – Fredericton, Moncton, St. John

Atlantic Hairstyling and Esthetics Academy – Fredericton

Kreative Cosmetology – Woodstock

L’Institut Jon rayMond – Moncton

MEDES College – Dieppe


Did we miss any NB beauty schools in this list? Please let us know.