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getting started

  • Are you looking for a career that fuels your creative fire?
  • Are you passionate about people and the earth?
  • Are you the go-to "stylist" for friends and family before events and parties?  

That's probably why you're here! You answered yes to any or all of the questions above and want to know what to do next.

Education is definitely a part of any new career choice, and it's a big investment  - both of your time and hard-earned money. We understand that, and want to help you feel confident in the choices you make for your future.

Here are some points to consider while shopping around:

Talk to industry experts

Hairdressing is a skilled trade, and in most provinces there are lots of steps to take before being ready to get behind the chair! Our Admissions Experts have detailed information for you about what it takes to get in to this industry! Just fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch within 24 business hours!

start your search now 

For the Aveda Institutes Canada, the reasearch process usually needs to start very early. Some of our classes can be full up to 12 months in advance! We always suggest that you start the search for your school now, so that you don't feel like you have to rush! This is a big step for you, and it deserves careful consideration and planning. Contact us today for guidance and support in your journey!

See for yourself

You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it, or buy a house without a walk-through first, right? Any big investment should require more than just a visit to a website or a read of a brochure. Meet the teachers & students, check out the facilities and ask specific questions about what is important to you when it comes to your education! 


Contact us for a free career consultation today!


the aveda mission



At the Aveda Institute, we are more than just a hair school.

We are committed to a culture of care, both within the institute and beyond our doors.

Intimate class sizes with dedicated educators ensure that every student is able to pursue their passions and maximize their potential.

We are proud to be a green school and we live this culture- from our everyday actions in our local communities to affecting positive change on a global scale.





Instruction at the Aveda Institute fuses hands-on teaching with cutting edge technology to optimize your learning experience.

Servicing guests in a dynamic salon environment is combined with our state of the art digital cut curriculum- the first available in Canada- guaranteeing students access to specialized hair training and education 24/7. Highly trained educators lead in-class time, and teach the following:


Learn how to build and develop a personal brand and how to grow your own successful business, not only as a stylist but also as a salon owner. Our curriculum reflects the insights of successful salon and spa professionals, setting the standard for excellence.


Learn what sets us apart. Understand the fundamentals of the Aveda Salon Spa Service Cycle and the company’s commitment to the well-being of individuals, the planet and creative technical systems.


Dream even bigger. Push boundaries, be inspired and explore creative freedom in the Aveda Academy, Advanced Academy and Collega Continuing Education Classes. These comprehensive programs designed to further develop detailed technical skills, and jumpstart fast-paced careers


Industry innovators



Aveda Institute students graduate to be globally recognized trendsetters within the industry.

Former Aveda students excel in international hair shows like Aveda Congress, the Salon Magazine Contessa Awards and Aveda Master Jam. Aveda’s avant-garde artists can be found styling for international magazines and films, appearing on TV and providing guest lectures and special workshops for current Aveda students. By connecting upcoming talent with existing industry icons, Aveda is able to maintain a legacy of professional excellence.






Aveda students have a 95% job placement rate nationally. As one of the fastest growing salon networks in the beauty industry, graduates of our 75 international schools have endless opportunities to use their global education in our over 7,000 salons/spas, institutes and retail stores worldwide. Our graduates become an integral part of creative teams that travel the world over inspiring other beauty professionals. The salon industry is expected to grow by 31% over the next decade, increasingly becoming one of the most reliable and creative international careers.  With the Aveda name behind you, and the self-assuredness you will build through our program, the possibilities are unlimited.








Located in Downtown Calgary’s only pedestrian mall, Stephen Avenue Walk, The Aveda Institute Calgary is at the epicenter of youthful energy and creativity. If you are looking for education in a space that inspires you to express your inner artist and build your professional career, look no further! Stephen Avenue features a year-round social, commercial and cultural experience featuring:

  • An abundance of live performances, buskers, music festivals, art and culture
  • Nine major shopping centres/department stores
  • Some of Calgary's finest restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars
  • An eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries







Many of our Industry Innovators call the Aveda Institute & Academy Salon Toronto home. Located on historic King Street East, our flagship school shares the deep roots of Downtown Toronto! Whether you are into music, theater, restaurants, art or fashion, there is always something happening that will delight and inspire you. Our school is within walking distance of many amazing Toronto landmarks such as: 

  • St. Lawrence Market
  • The Eaton Center – Toronto’s largest shopping mall
  • The Sculpture Garden
  • St. James Cathedral & Park 







The Aveda Institute is located in the heart of the Exchange District, where you will find some of the hippest happenings in Canada! The Exchange is also a National Historic Site, featuring an impressive display of architecture – including approximately 150 heritage buildings. Ignite all of your five senses by exploring:

  • Venues that host local cultural staples from the Manitoba Symphony Orchestra to big-name touring bands
  • Outdoor events like the Winnipeg Fringe Festival
  • Unique-to-Winnipeg shopping experiences – everything on the spectrum from edgy to elegant
  • A diverse culinary selection that appeals to every palate









The Aveda Institute Hairstyling program is a full-time vocational diploma program for aspiring hair and beauty professionals with little to no experience in the industry. Our hairstyling course incorporates hands-on learning to provide you with real salon experience with a focus on beauty and wellness. As an Aveda graduate, you will be a true salon professional with limitless career opportunities.


At the Aveda institute we provide the solid technical foundations and business tools required to develop successful careers. Our Curriculum includes:

  • Scalp and hair analysis
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Shampooing/ Conditioning
  • Wet Styling
  • Finger Waving
  • Extensions
  • Pin curl techniques
  • Artistry in hair styling
  • Blow-Dry
  • Hair cutting
  • Perms & Relaxers
  • Hair Colour
  • Editorial photoshoot


The Aveda Institute program hours and curriculum meet the requirements for provincial and/or federal licensing. No matter where you decide to take your career, we offer programs to prepare you for your next steps!

Classes typically start in January, April, July & September

**Auxiliary start dates may  be available in some locations.  Hours also vary by location. Contact our admissions team for more information**


FIVE (5) DAYS PER WEEK                      

Full Time                                               

Tuesday - Saturday                                         

TORONTO – 10 months (1500 hrs)              

WINNIPEG –10 months (1400 hrs)     


Full Time

Mon, Thurs & Fri OR Tues, Wed, Sat

CALGARY - 12 months (1400 hrs)



CONTACT OUR industry experts!


We are committed to assisting every student who is passionate and driven to be successful in the beauty industry. 

Give yourself the gift of exploring every opportunity! Schedule an appointment (via phone, Skype or in person) with our Admissions Team to find out what financial assistance options are available and how they can work for you. Some of them are unique and exclusive to Aveda Institute or Academy students, and we're excited to share.

We've encountered every kind of budget you can imagine, so let's talk about how we can help you work within yours!


($500 deposit required upon application - applied to tuition)

Tuition: $14,700

Student Kit: $1,900 (plus applicable taxes)

Books: $450 (plus applicable taxes)



($225 deposit required upon application - applied to tuition)

Tuition: $13,500

Training Completion Fund: $135

Student Kit: $1,900 (plus applicable taxes)

Books: $450 (plus applicable taxes)



($500 deposit required upon application - applied to tuition)

Tuition: $13,500

Student Kit: $1,900 (plus applicable taxes)

Books: $450 (plus applicable taxes)


 CONTACT OUR team for more about financing




Intermediate (Licensed Stylists/Registered Apprentices/Hairstyling Diploma Holders)


The Aveda Academy Salon is an intermediate/ advanced level program for Hairstylists with a hairstyling diploma, license or registered apprenticeship. Build confidence through hands-on experience working in a high-energy salon under the supervision of our trained Educators and members of our Aveda Creative Team. Weekly Education demos teach you creative approaches to cut & colour, understanding head shape, improving technique, time management and salon readiness.


  • A hairstyling diploma program really only focuses on the basic fundamentals; are you ready for the next level?
  • Are you worried that working in your salon isn't going to give you enough time to focus on practicing your skills and developing new ones?
  • Have you ever felt like your education was not on the same level as you? Were you struggling to keep up or bored because you've moved beyond the rest of the class?

The Academy focuses on YOU and your development as a professional. Book a career planning session with our Admissions Team to find out if the Academy is the right program for you.



Progress through Levels 1-3 through consistent coaching, morning meetings, weekly education and one-on-one reviews.


Take your fundamental skills and discover how to apply them in new and innovative ways. Whether you are refining your haircut or hair colour skills, you will be working on real guests with the guidance of your educator to help you hone your technique and build your confidence.


Spend time on the skills that you didn't get to focus on in your diploma program like upstyling, razor cutting, cutting textured hair, advanced reds and blondes, colour correction, ombre/balayage, and colour melting. With our world-class educators there to support and guide you, there's no limit to how much you can learn.


Lessons for the rest of the program are based on your progression as an individual, and will be customized by your educator. When you graduate, you'll stand out as a rising star in the industry and exponentially accelerate your earning potential.





Classes Start in February, May, August & November

**Auxiliary start dates may  be available. Contact our admissions team for more information**



TORONTO - 6 months - 700 hours


**For more information on Schedule & Hours, contact our Admissions team**




We are committed to assisting every student who is passionate and driven to be successful in the beauty industry. 

Give yourself the gift of exploring every opportunity! Schedule an appointment (via phone, Skype or in person) with our Admissions Team to find out what financial assistance options are available and how they can work for you. Some are unique and exclusive to Aveda Institute or Academy students, and we're excited to share them with you!

We've encountered every kind of budget you can imagine, so let's talk about how we can help you work within yours!


Tuition: ($500 Deposit required upon application – applied to tuition)

   6 Month - Cut Only: $4,500

   6 Month - Colour Only: $4,500

   6 Month - Dual Specialist: $4,500

Student Kit + Books: $500 (plus applicable taxes)



Enrollment requirements



Institute Program:

1. Pass a basic education assessment administered online by the Aveda Institute (can be exempt if you have a Canadian high school diploma OR equivalent)

2. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident


3. Hold a valid study permit. (see “International Requirements” below)

Academy Program:

1. Have a hairstyling diploma, proof of registered apprenticeship, or proof of hairstyling license.

2. Be eligible to study in Canada (for more details, schedule a career planning session with the Admissions & Placement Coordinator).

3. Successfully complete a hair cutting and colouring skills assessment, administered in person at the Aveda Institute.



All applicants who have not completed their High School Diploma, or equivalent GED at an English speaking institution OR who are from a country where English is not the official language must show proof of English language skills via one of the following:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  3. Completion of an ESL/EFL certificate at an accredited institution (Original Transcript/Diploma - not copies)


  • Minimum of 550 for the paper-based test
  • Minimum of 213 for the computer-based test OR
  • Minimum of 80 for the Internet-based test. (IELTS)
  • Minimum of 6.5 AND
  • No band below 6.0

A prospective student must submit:

  • a copy of their score report and/or certificate of achievement with their completed application to the Aveda Institute.
  • an affidavit (signed by a notary republic) attesting to the validity of the test score or the ESL/EFL certificate.

Scores that are submitted must have been issue within 2 years of the application date in order to be valid.


*International Students are eligible to enroll in programs at the Aveda Institutes in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.*

Do you want to come and study with us in Canada? Applicants to the Aveda Institute Hairstyling Programs who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents will require a Student Visa in order to be admitted.

We encouraged you to start the application process early as it can take several months for your file to be reviewed for a Study Permit.

Classes are limited by space so enrollments are not guaranteed for a specific start date until the Student Visa is received by the Admissions Representative.

Applicants who have not completed their High School Diploma, or equivalent in Canada must:

  • Pass a Basic Skills Assessment administered by the Aveda Institute OR
  • Have International High School transcripts, GED or equivalents verified by an international credential assessment provider.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements to Study in Canada.

**International Applicants to the Aveda Academy Programs should contact the Admissions Team for more details**


Contact Admissions for More Information!





At the Aveda Institute we focus on exceptional customer service experiences, which includes support for students from the first time they inquire about our education programs until long after graduation! During your research process, we understand that means accessible information, answers to your questions, and providing you with a set of clear instructions should you decide to move forward.

Please feel free to  Contact us with any additional questions, and when you’re ready to start the application process!



The Aveda Institutes accept students on a case by case basis due to high demand for the program. Enrollment eligibility for a potential student is dependent on assessments made at each step of the admissions process. Here are the steps:

  1. Speak with Admissions Representative for a pre-assessment & Schedule your Career Planning Session.
  2. Attend Career Planning Session with Admissions Representative (in person, or phone if out of province/country)
  3. Submit all application requirements to the Admissions Representative.
  4. Successful applicants are issued a Welcome Package including two copies of their enrollment contract.
  5. Return one copy of the signed contract and deposit fee to a hold seat in your desired enrollment.


**Enrollment is complete when ALL required documentation has been completed and returned**



  1. Complete a Career Planning Session with Admissions Representative (in person or by telephone if out of province/country)
  2. Application Form
  3. Admissions Essay (stating why you want to be a hairstylist and why you want to attend the Aveda Institute)
  4.  Letter of Recommendation (from employer, teacher, pastor, etc – not family or friends)
  5. Pass a Basic Skills Assessment administered online OR Canadian High School Diploma/Transcripts or equivalent
  6. Deposit  (cheque or credit card - deducted from tuition upon enrollment)








At the Aveda Institutes Canada, we believe that everyone should have access to affordable education.  We are devoted to our mission in helping our current and prospective students realize their potential and achieve their creative and professional dreams.

As such, we offer scholarships, bursaries and awards that are available throughout the year while providing personalized financial planning consultations and support. If you are a passionate individual who is committed to making hairstyling your profession, we will help you find the best possible path to success and prepare you with the tools essential to making your aspirations reality!

Book a career planning session with an Admissions representative to discuss your personalized financial plan for your education, and find useful instruction on applying to all forms of financial assistance.

*Provincially funded financial aid may be available for those who qualify*



We work closely with a trusted financial institution to make sure that eligible students are provided with exceptional rates of interest on lines of credit for our programs. To find out more, please make schedule a career planning session with your local Admissions representative.

CONTACT admissions for more financial planning information




Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to pursue your dream career without having to worry about student loans or savings?

The Aveda Institutes Canada recognize that finances are often then only thing holding you back from your ideal future. We want to help by making our world-class hairstyling education more affordable for our students and their families by offering options for discounts, scholarships and bursaries throughout every calendar year!


“EARLY BIRD” tuition Bursaries!

The Scouts aren’t the only ones that value being prepared!

At the Aveda Institutes Canada, we feel that taking the time to plan for your future and being really well prepared should bring rewards… and we’re prepared to offer them.

For details specific to your location and program of interest, please contact our admissions team today!

"Jump Start" tuition bursaries

Completing your enrollment by your deadline doesn't just guarantee you a seat in the class of your choice, it could also mean a tuition break for you!

For details specific to your location and program of interest, please contact our admissions team today!

TELL US YOUR STORY! - Full Tuition Scholarship Contest


ONE (1) FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP to the Aveda Institutes Canada (Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary) for the enrollment date of your choice within the next 12 months!

*One (1) winner is selected per location*

Official contest terms and conditions are available during contest submission periods.


Submit your Entry 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Write a minimum 250, maximum 500 word story about your passion for the beauty industry! We want to know all about:
    1. What made you want to be a professional hairstylist?
    2. What made you want to study with the Aveda Institute/Academy specifically?
  2. Log on to  www.avedainstitute.ca/scholarship
  3. Fill in all required fields on the form, including the space provided to copy & paste your story!

CONTACT OUR INDUSTRY EXPERTS for more ways to save



We like people who ask questions; it’s one of the qualities that has made us a pioneering brand with exceptional educators! We want you to have all the information you need to make the best decision for your future. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential students just like you! Click the button below when you're ready to take on the next step!



•    Q: Will I gain event experience, such as, fashion shows, launches, charity events?

Yes! Aveda Institute students may have the opportunity to participate in several exciting and educational opportunities including the Edwin Neill II Full Potential Student Competition, NAHA Awards, Earth Month Events, Community Events, and Job Fairs.

·         Q: Are your schools wheelchair accessible?

Yes! However, due to the heritage status of our buildings, the upper floors are stair-access only - there are no elevators. Please contact us in advance regarding any accessibility questions or concerns, which we will make every attempt to accommodate!



•    Q: Is Financial Aid available? What sort of aid is available to me?

Students who are accepted into our program are eligible to apply for financial aid programs. Make an appointment with our Admissions team to find out more about how to get started.

•    Q: Are you an accredited school? What does that mean?

Yes! The Aveda Institutes programs in Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg are each accredited by their province’s private career college governing bodies. Accreditation means that a school has met national standards of educational performance that have been established by an impartial non-governmental agency. The accrediting of schools by professional, national, and regional associations of like schools (schools with similar objectives and subject content) has long characterized the Canadian educational scene. Through the years, the accreditation of schools has become the most authoritative and reliable index of a school’s concern for integrity toward its students and the quality of its education. If you are considering more than one hair school, be sure to ask each institution whether they are accredited. This is important because accreditation makes it possible for students to apply for government funded financial aid.



•    Q: What differentiates Aveda from all the other product lines out there?

The art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of Aveda. Our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. Our solutions are so powerful we call them purescriptions™. While we specialize in hair care, we offer other plant-based products—skin care, makeup, pure-fume™, aromas and lifestyle—that are all professionally developed, clinically tested, and go to exceptional lengths to be respectful of the earth. Our professional network, consisting of nearly 8,000 salons and spas worldwide, shares this commitment. Since the founding of Aveda by hairdresser Horst Rechelbacher in 1978, our products have been harvested with a great respect for the earth, in harmony with the web of life.

•    Q: What Is Aveda?

Aveda is a global, environmentally innovative company founded in 1978 and is widely recognized as a trail-blazing brand of nature-based products for hair, skin, body and well-being. Beyond our reputation for retail excellence, we are acclaimed for our salon/spa network—made up of like-minded industry trendsetters, award-winners, and educators, supported at every step of their creative and business growth.

“Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.”
– Horst Rechelbacher



Q: What makes Aveda different from other hair schools?

You have a lot of choices out there, but the experience you will gain from Aveda Institutes Canada’s education is like no other. With Aveda methods behind everything we do, our students enter the industry with the necessary technical and professional skills. In fact, we often hear from salon owners that our new graduates surpass their more experienced service providers with other training backgrounds.

Q: Why get an Aveda education?

The Aveda difference is our holistic vision of what it means to be successful. More than just teaching in hair cutting, colour and styling techniques, our unique, salon-like environment puts you behind the chair in direct contact with clients, for personal and practical experience. We impart real-world retail and business skills, and strategic insights that help you find—and take advantage of—the tremendous opportunities in beauty and wellness.



Q: What is the job placement rate after graduation?

The Aveda Institutes Canada placement rate is 95% percent nationally. We have a highly communicative and constantly growing network of Aveda salons and spas that line up at the door waiting for our students to graduate. As part of helping our students feel confident and prepared, we offer resume writing classes, salon career fairs and teach professional communication techniques. When they graduate, our students are the MOST salon-ready that they can possibly be.

Q: Are you hiring right now? What positions are available?

Please see the Work With Us page for current opportunities with the Aveda Institutes Canada!

Q: Do you help with job placement?

The Aveda Institutes Canada are connected with salons, spas, and Aveda Experience Centers nationwide. We will help you gain the knowledge you need with career fairs and self-promotional instruction. The Institute’s curriculum includes training on professionalism, resume development, interview preparation, and job search skills. In addition, the Admissions and Placement Coordinator is available for individual appointments with students to discuss job searching, interview preparation, and to review students’ resumes.

Q: Are my learned skills transferable to other non-Aveda lines?

Yes! Although Aveda has its own special techniques within the basic technical skills, the Aveda Institute stands out for the way our students incorporate value-added services in making every guest’s experience a part of their training. Aveda teaches students how going above and beyond a basic requirements will help grow their business once graduated, providing them the essential technical skills as well as those “critical to success” soft skills.

Q: What kind of job opportunities are available in the field?

Career opportunities include the following:

Salon Industry

  • hair stylist
  • sales representative
  • texture specialist
  • hair coloring specialist
  • salon/spa manager
  • salon/spa owner

Education and Other Fields

  • instructor
  • educational director for a product manufacturer
  • consultant/trainer
  • school owner
  • stylist for film, theater, fashion, or print
  • product development Programs

Q: How long does the program take to complete?

Please see the Program Details and Requirements page for specific program details!  In Canada, each province has different requirements in regards to the number of hours required to complete a diploma in hairstyling. The Aveda Institute program is designed to offer the same curriculum in slightly different structures to help students feel the most prepared, regardless of the difference in the lengths of the programs per location.

Q: Do you use computers or tablets in class?

Yes - a tablet is required for the Aveda Institute program! In today’s growing digital landscape, the Aveda Institutes Canada are hair styling education pioneers. We are excited to offer cutting edge digital curriculum and an online learning management system to make sure our students have access to what they are learning 24-7. During the Career Planning Session, our Admissions team will provide you with tablet specifications so you are able to find an affordable device that fits your educational needs long before you start school. Please see the Why Aveda? page for more information on our cutting edge curriculum.

Q: What are the requirements to get in to Aveda Institute? How do I apply?

Please see the Program Details and Requirements, and the How To Apply pages section for specific details. 

Q: What is your class schedule?

Please see the Program Details & Requirements section for specific details.

Q: What is the cost to attend?

Please see our Program Details & Requirements page for prices, and the Financial Aid page for more information on financial assistance options. 

Financial preparation is very important when it comes to your education, and will be discussed in detail in your Career Planning Session with our Admissions team. We want to help you make the best investment in yourself and your future!

Q: Do you offer makeup, esthetics or massage courses?

At our schools in Calgary, Toronto, and Winnipeg we have focused education in Hairstyling only, as it is the in-demand trade in the beauty industry! It's much easier to build on a foundation of hairdressing skills than any other skill set it the beauty industry.


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