NSRBA Registration Policy: Labour Mobility Pathway

The NSRBA provides the following process for receiving applications for certification as a Registered Barber under labour mobility provisions of the Canada Free Trade Agreement/Canadian Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

The process for submitting applications as a Registered Apprentice and/or Registered Barber as a graduate of a barbering training program at a private career college or as an apprentice is addressed under separate policies:

• NSRBA Registration Policy: Apprenticeship Pathway (Registered Apprentice and Barber Certification)
• NSRBA Registration Policy: Career College Pathway

I. Definitions

Applicant means an individual who has submitted a completed application to the NSRBA for consideration to become a practicing member of the barbering association.

The Board of Examiners refers to the NSRBA Board responsible for overseeing examinations of applicants to the NSRBA and recommending a certification to the Registrar.

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) aims to reduce and eliminate barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services, and investments within Canada. The agreement allows professionals and tradespersons in regulated occupations to move between jurisdictions in Canada, ensuring that any worker who is certified for an occupation in one province or territory is recognized as qualified and certified for that occupation as soon as they apply in any other province or territory, without having to take any further training or examinations. To ensure Nova Scotia meets its obligations under the CFTA, the provincial government passed the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

Career college means a college approved under the Nova Scotia Private Career College Act, SNS 1998, c 23.

Labour mobility means that Canadians have the right to pursue a career in their chosen profession anywhere in the country.

Labour mobility applicants are out-of-province applicants with certification as hairstylists/barbers from another province/territory in which hairstylists/barbers are regulated occupations.

Registrar refers to the Registrar of the NSRBA, which keeps records of the Association’s members. They also issue certificates of members, certificates of exemption, and registration certifications (as a barber or apprentice).

II. Application for Designation – Registered Barber

The NSRBA accepts applications for NSRBA Registered Barber certification. The applications must be complete in all aspects before they are reviewed for approval.

Please note that applications and all supporting documents must be in English. The applications will not be reviewed until all information/documents are received, including translated documents.

NSRBA Registered Barbers Application Package for Labour Mobility Applicants

The details about the application package are included below:

a) Completed Certification as a Registered Barber Application Form
b) Fees: Application Fee ($25), Registration Fee ($42)
c) Proof of Being 17 Years of Age or Older (Signed Government-Issued Photo Identification – e.g., Driver’s License or Passport)
d) Proof of:

◦ Registration/Licensure in Good Standing from a Regulatory College/Association (Copy/Photo of License and Letter from Regulatory Body); or
◦ Provincial Apprenticeship Agency Proof of Red Seal Hairstylist Certification (Copy/Photo of Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal and Letter from Agency)

The NSRBA Registrar will assess all application packages and determine if the package is complete. The Registrar will notify an applicant within four weeks of receiving an application package of any missing information/documents.

III. Communicating Decisions

The decisions regarding certification as a Registered Barber will be provided within four weeks of the date a complete application is submitted to the Registrar. If the application is complete and the Registrar is satisfied that the applicant has demonstrated existing registration in good standing in another jurisdiction in Canada or existing qualification from a provincial apprenticeship agency, the Registrar will issue a certificate of registration as a Registered Barber.

In cases where a labour mobility applicant is not approved for certification as a Registered Barber, the Registrar will inform them via telephone and writing (email) within four weeks. The notification of this decision shall contain the following information:

• Reasons for the Decision May Include the Following:

◦ Failure to Provide Evidence of Registration in an Extra-Jurisdictional Regulatory Body and/or Completion of an Apprenticeship Program Leading to a Certificate of Qualification and Red Seal Hairstylist Certification
◦ Providing Fraudulent Documentation or False Information

• Where Practical, Information Respecting Measures or Programs That May Be Available to Assist Unsuccessful Applicants in Obtaining Registration at a Later Date

IV. Review of Registration Decisions:

a) An applicant may seek a review of a registration decision.
b) Applicants seeking a review of a registration decision must advise the Registrar of the request for a review in writing (by email or regular mail) within 30 days of the date the NSRBA issued the written decision.
c) The written request for a review of a registration decision must include information explaining the basis for which the registration decision review is being requested.
d) The Registrar will acknowledge the receipt of the request for a review by email within seven days of receiving the request.
e) In writing (email), a decision regarding the outcome of the registration review will be provided to the individual by the NSRBA within 90 days of the date the NSRBA received the written request for review.