Certification supports PVSS hairstylists

The Industry Training Authority of B.C. is in the process of recertifying the trade of hairstylist.

PAUL BRITTON

Special To The Morning Star

The Industry Training Authority of B.C. is in the process of recertifying the trade of hairstylist.

In 2003, the government decertified hair dressing, along with a few other trades, which basically permitted anyone with a comb and scissors to open up and operate a hair salon in B.C.

Many groups have been working diligently over the last nine to 10 years to have the B.C. government recertify hairstylist as a red seal compulsory trade similar to all the other provinces in Canada.

Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong has been deeply involved in this project for the last seven years.

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District was granted a hairstylist program by the ITA seven years ago.

The district invested about $150,000 to create a state-of-the-art hair design program known as the Mia Bella School of Hair Design.

PVSS has worked with the ITA to ensure students were writing the national hairdressing exam, which in all other provinces is  known as the red seal certificate of qualification.

The problem has been over the years, that the industry was all over the map and many of the salons and salon owners were not familiar with the apprenticeship system and how it works.

Over the last few years, discussions with stakeholder groups have finally developed a strategy that the ITA is implementing to recertify the hair dressing trade.

The time frame to do this is very short and could begin as soon as the summer of 2013.

The Mia Bella School of Hair Design is hosting an open house to showcase the students Jan. 21 between 1 and 3:30 p.m.

They would like to invite all hairstylists and salon owners to come and visit the school and meet the students.

If you are interested on the latest information on the recertifying of the hair dressing industry, there will be a presentation at 2 p.m. in the salon classroom. Refreshments will be provided.

Paul Britton is the career programs coordinator at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong.