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How do you start a beauty school in Alberta, Canada?

Service Providers who wish to start a beauty school or teach esthetics, hairstyling, or massage therapy in Alberta have different ways of becoming a beauty educator. It comes down to what one’s teaching goals are. While your field of expertise plays a large role in your career path, there are certain steps that you will need to take in order to start offering beauty training courses.

Step 1- Creating a business plan

Even though educating and empowering others is at the core of your business idea, it’s nevertheless a business and must be treated as such from the start. Make sure to develop the not-so-sexy parts of your business plan as well, such as industry research.

Step 2- Creating a syllabus

Once you have developed your business plan, you can focus on creating your syllabus. Your syllabus is the outlined plan of all the topics you will include in your course/program. If you are creating a syllabus for technical skills that falls under the supervision of a governing body, such as hairstyling, you will have to meet their specific requirements in your program.

However, not all beauty industry occupations have a governing body in Alberta, Canada. When this is the case, it is up to the beauty educator to ensure they are including all necessary topics in their training courses to maintain industry standards, or perhaps elevate standards.

Step 3- Filling in the details

Once you have your ‘skeleton’, you can zoom into the nitty gritty of your daily lesson plans. Filling your entire day every day for the length of your course or program is a monumental challenge. Further still is the challenge of keeping them engaged all day long. Plus, to be an excellent beauty educator you must be able to recognize different learning styles in order to adapt your lesson plans to benefit each individual.

Not only do students absorb theory components of a curriculum differently, they have different fine motor capabilities. This makes keeping the flow of the technical component burdensome. However, having the ability to design a practicum curriculum that promotes skill development can help reduce inefficiencies during this high value portion of your training course.

Step 4- Licenses and Permits

For many, figuring out which licenses and permits are needed to start a beauty school or training course in Alberta, Canada can send them into a tizzy! In all fairness, the information is overwhelming and not everyone has to follow the same rules. As a result, service providers who wish to teach esthetics, hairstyling, or massage therapy in Alberta have different paths to follow in reaching their goal of opening their own beauty school.

Follow the recommendations above and you will be closer to starting your own beauty school, or teach esthetics, hairstyling, or massage therapy in Alberta.

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The author, Silvia Sanchez, graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Psychology and has over 15 years of experience in the career-consulting field.

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