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Career and Employment Beauty Industry Resources

Who are we?

We are Career and Employment Consultants who specialize in the Beauty and Personal Care Services industry in Alberta, Canada. Our mission is to cultivate the Personal Care Services industry and increase the standard in employment practices and occupational health and safety.

We help people overcome barriers to employment and develop skills, knowledge, and work experience needed to participate in the labour market either directly through employment or self-employment

Our free online resources can help your answer questions regarding training & education, employment, self employment, and hiring staff.

Years of experience

Our Career and Employment Consultants have teamed up with Beauty Service Professionals to truly understand the needs of the beauty industry in Alberta. As a result, we have created a repertoire of online service to help Albertans find beauty industry resources.

Combined, we have 40+ years of experience to help you address many beauty industry career and employment matters.

Resources to overcome barriers

We have the expertise to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Employment barriers come in all shapes and sizes, therefore, we have networks of people who specialize in all types of barriers.

The main goal of Executive Spa Group is to create an environment where Albertans can pursue their passion in light of employability issues that could potentially derail them from achieving their goals.

Service Providers

Online resources for Service Providers include our online job bank. Beauty job seekers can use our job bank to help them find employment opportunities in Alberta, Canada. It is updated multiple times per week to help you connect with employers in a timely fashion. Plus, find resume and cover letter templates online to help advance your job search.

On the other hand, if you are not a job seeker, and instead are a “course-seeker”, we have resources for that as well! We have compiled a list of beauty industry training providers in Alberta (and Canada wide for online learning) called 411 Training Directory.

In addition, our online blog is full of articles to answer questions regarding employment disputes, starting a beauty business, becoming a beauty educator, plus more!


Small business owners make up a large piece of the beauty industry ‘pie’ in Alberta, Canada. Many people find it an attractive option when it comes to their livelihoods. It is common to see people grow a successful beauty business from a single, short technical training course.

Online beauty industry resources for entrepreneurs can be found in our blog articles. These include articles on how to plan and execute your business idea, plus information on licenses and permits required for your new beauty business.


For some people, the next step after opening their own salon or spa is hiring staff. While this is a great achievement that deserves recognition, it does come with unenviable challenges. Picking the right people for your team and keeping them happy requires mental effort and a bit of luck!

Online resources for employers include our beauty job bank to help you find the ideal candidate. Because we specialize in beauty jobs, our job bank is attentive to the specific needs of Alberta’s beauty industry employers.

In addition, our online articles provide guidance on accessing any available grants to train new employees. On that note, here’s hoping you are able to create a great team! However, we also share resources with employers for when the work environment isn’t doing very well.

Beauty Educators

Some people are teachers at heart. If training others is your passion, our online resources include our free online 411 Training Directory to help you fill your classes. This directory is available to all Albertans searching for beauty courses in hair, esthetics, and massage therapy. Contact us by email to add your course to our directory.

Also, our online Beauty Educator courses help you prepare a curriculum that meets industry standards plus ensure that you meet any licensing requirements and permits.

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What is the difference between student loans and student finance?

Is there a difference in the terminology?

Over the years government branches, such as Alberta Education, change their names and their program names to encompass changes within their organizational missions and goals.

Student aid has been known as student finance in the past, but within this umbrella term of “student aid” falls multiple methods of financial assistance for students such as loans and grants.

Government assistance to pay for your beauty studies

In Canada, both provincial and federal governments work together to help people access post high school education. Beauty studies is one of the many fields supported by government student aid. However, relatively few training providers offer student loans. The reason for this ultimately comes down to esthetics not being a regulated industry in Alberta.

Is regulation a good thing?

This depends on who you ask. Not being regulated means that there is no governing body to guide us as a whole. It means freedom, but can there be too much freedom?

On the other hand, cosmetology is a regulated industry in Alberta. They have a governing body that oversees all hairstylists, salons, and training providers in Alberta. If you’re looking for student loans to pay for cosmetology school, you’re in luck! Because cosmetology is regulated, many training providers in Alberta will be regulated. This often means that they will be able to offer government loans to students in full time and part time programs. It also means that there won’t be too many trainers to choose from, because becoming a cosmetology trainer is a long process due to regulation.

Unlike cosmetology, esthetics training providers do not have rules to follow. As a result, it’s very easy to become an esthetics trainer and the selection becomes overwhelming. In cosmetology, a governing body determines you have met the requirements to call yourself a trainer. In esthetics, the trainer themselves determines that they have met any requirements to call themselves a trainer.

Loans, grants, and repayment

As mentioned earlier, if hairstyling is your dream career, there is definitely government student aid available to you. However, if you want to learn an esthetics skill, such as skincare or microblading, student financial aid will be hard to come by. Federal government assistance is available for full time esthetics programs only, while provincial funds are available for some part time studies. You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible.


Loans are available for programs that will result in a certificate at participating beauty educators. Loans must be paid back after completion. If you do not finish your studies you’re still responsible for paying the loan you accepted thus far.


Grants are often given as a supplement to the loan to students that meet certain criteria, amongst them, low income students or students with disabilities. Usually grants do not have to be repaid. However, you should be advised that grants are repayable if you drop out of your program or if your eligibility changes in the middle of the training program. So don’t be a beauty school dropout!

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Choosing the Right Beauty Educator

How do I choose the right training provider?

We know… There’s a lot of options out there!

Not everyone will be looking for the same values in their training choice. Some people may value an online course over in-person training due to their busy schedules. Some may value the reputation of their educator. This is of utmost importance for people that plan on working in salons and spas. Having respected training on your resume is a must. On the other hand, if you plan to be self-employed, the reputation of your trainer may not matter as much.

Either way, asking the following questions will be useful in helping you choose the right training provider for your career path:

Sample questions

What are the total fees?

What is covered in the total fee? Tuition? Books? A kit? Application fees? Graduation fees?

Is there a Work Experience component?

How much real experience will be provided if any?

What student support is offered if any?

Some schools may offer added support such as financial aid, job search services, counselling, computer access, etc.

What type of credential do I get when I graduate?

There is a difference between certificate and certification. Certification is industry-recognized and granted only after meeting industry requirements through testing. A certificate is documentation of participation in any given course.

What are the minimum and maximum class sizes?

Class size matters in technical training. How many students will you be competing with for your instructor’s help and attention?

Are there any student perks?

Some training providers may offer discounts at distributors post graduation. Other examples include parking, food services, technology supports, etc.

Are the instructors available for one-on-one support?

What methods can I use to contact my instructor after class?

Is there an attendance policy?

What is the training providers policy on attendance, personal image standards, conduct, etc?

What is the refund policy?

What if I change my mind before I start? The first week after? What if something unexpected happens that prevents me from finishing the course?


EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP is a Beauty Industry Resource Centre offering business, career, and employment services to Albertans. Contact us to meet with our Career and Employment Consultant who can help you develop a career path that is right for you.

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ADVICE FROM A PRO: Becoming a Cosmetology Instructor

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For those interested in becoming cosmetology instructors, meet Lisa. She has some insight to share with you before you embark on your beauty educator journey. Lisa spent 10 years as a cosmetology educator at the Eveline Charles Academy. While she has since moved on to a managerial position at the Hair Loft, she looks back at her days as a beauty educator with nostalgia.


My biggest challenge with students was to keep them excited/interested in the topic of choice for the day. It’s not always fun learning and practicing perm wraps or finger waves or even learning brand new techniques that your hands and mind have never tried. Having well-planned out theory and practical curriculums really helps.


The most fun aspects of being an educator was seeing them all the way through. You get a sense of pride in mentoring the future of our industry. Plus, you really get to know each student , their individuality, and hilarious moments you will never forget.

The worst part of educating is feeling responsible for their success even when they don’t see it themselves.


If I was hiring an instructor, the number one quality I would look for is their technical abilities and knowledge of the industry. It is important that all instructors are passing quality techniques down to the next generation.

After technical ability, I’m looking for someone who has a kind , patient, and passionate personality.


When I look back on my teaching career the funny thing about it is seeing my past students succeeding and even surpassing me! I went to a Calgary hair show in the fall. Not only did I see a ton of my previous students, but I was overcome with pride to see one of them as a platform artist educating the future generation herself.


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ADVICE FROM A PRO: Becoming a Beauty Educator

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In light of our new Beauty Educator courses, we’ve reached out to the finest Beauty Educators that this city has to offer. These educators have been tried, tested, and true! We asked them a few questions to help Beauty Service Providers who want to become educators take the next step.

Let’s start with our very own, Jhoenna Rosa. Jhoenna is the Technical Director at Executive Spa Group. She develops curriculums and oversees their delivery by qualified Beauty Educators, who track and report on each student’s progress.

Jhoenna brings years of experience. She has been a certified esthetician for over sixteen (16) years and is reputable and recognized within the beauty industry as a leader and excellent service provider. She has produced award-winning students during her years as an educator in two of Canada’s top esthetics schools.

Without further ado let’s get on with the interview:

What is the biggest challenge with students?

I would say the biggest challenge is catering to all the different learning styles not only on a theory level but also on a technical level. Technical services require skills such as dexterity and attention to detail, which are things that take time to develop. Given the time frame that is typical for beauty programs, it’s a challenge to ensure that each student leaves with the necessary skills to continue to develop after the classroom setting.

Memorable days

The least fun days are exam days because there is a lot of tension in the air. Students are nervous and it’s just not fun to be in that position as a student or as a supervisor were you know that you are being super critical and can’t provide help or feedback.

The most fun days are practice/model/floor days. They are always fun!

Skills of a great Beauty Educator

When I’m looking to hire a Beauty Educator, one of the skills that I look for is leadership. The ability to instruct a class and direct the students appropriately and engage them on their learning.

I also expect a level of administrative and organizational skills as that does take up a portion of the role of beauty educator.

In addition, I look for someone who has a good ability to improvise and be creative with the class as not every class is going be the same. This is especially true when you’re dealing with the technical aspect and different models are coming in.

And of course, I expect a high standard of technical skill- so 3-5 years of experience is ideal.

Pride in your students

There are quite a few students over the years who have made me proud to have been their educator. Those individuals are the ones that took their education seriously and developed it into a thriving and lucrative career and really made a name for themselves in the industry.

Also, the ones that took it a step further and opened up their own business. They are now putting their own ideas and creativity out there and continue to raise the standard in the beauty industry.

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