Exams and Certification

Exams & Certification Overview

Upon completion of your training, it's highly recommended that you register for the BeautyCouncil examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination, you will receive a BeautyCouncil Certificate of Qualification in hair, estheticsnail technology or one of the industry sub-trades.

BeautyCouncil's Certificate of Qualification is required to obtain the Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP) designation. Those holding the CCP designation are professionals in good standing and are recognized internationally. Among many benefits of holding professional trade credentials, you are granted the eligibility to purchase exclusive professional products and equipment, and to apply for liability/malpractice insurance. 

Please check with your municipality as some districts (i.e.. City of Surrey) will require a BeautyCouncil Certificate of Qualification when applying for a business license.

Learn how you can obtain your Certificate of Qualification & CCP designation. Read about the process on the Exam FAQ's.

*Proof of training is required to be elligible to take the exam




BeautyCouncil Exams

BeautyCouncil holds exams regularly throughout British Columbia & Alberta. These exams are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Candidates will be booked once they have completed their exam application forms and submitted them to the association. Exam instructions are mailed to each candidate with their exam notification. 
Exams are held at the following locations in British Columbia:

Langley, BC     




Held every six weeks


Held every month


Kamloops & Penticton

Held once a year

Nanaimo & Parksville


Held twice a year

Prince George, BC

Held three times a year


Cranbrook, BC


Held once a year


If you would like an exam to be held at your location please contact


Kym Elderkin, School Liaison at





Exams are held at the following locations in Alberta:


Held quarterly


Held quarterly


FULL Program Examination Fee


($250 Non-Members)

FAST TRACK Program Examination Fee


($150 Non-Members) 

Retake Examination Fee


 (Members & Non-Members)


*Examination Fees include Certificate of Qualification*
**Exam fees are non-refundable**

Register for your exam today!

Certified Professional

Once you have passed your exam, you are eligible to become a 

Certified Cosmetology Professional (CCP)

! With your CCP designation you will be listed in the Professional Registry and recognized as a BeautyCouncil member in good standing, as well as fully qualified professional who exhibits the necessary skills and knowledge to meet industry standards.

To achieve your CCP status, you are asked to comply with the following:
  • You are a BeautyCouncil member in good standing (a current member).
  • You have promised to abide by BeautyCouncil’s professional code of conduct.
  • You have completed the recommended practical and theoretical training in your trade.
  • You have successfully passed BeautyCouncil’s examination in hair, esthetics and/or nails.
CCPs include salon and spa owners, home-based businesses, hairdressers, estheticians, nails technicians, retirees, chair and space renters, mobile services, teachers, instructors, manufacturers, distributors and sales representatives.

Exam & Member Forms

You can register in the following ways:
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Exam Schedules

NEW Exams- Sept/13

We are pleased to announce the revised BeautyCouncil Certificate of Qualification Exams in hair, esthetics or nail technology was launched in September 2013! We encourage members, upon completion of your training, to register for the BeautyCouncil examination throughout British Columbia & Alberta as these exams are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Details here: Hair Exam, Esthetic Exam, Nail Technology Exam

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