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Welcome to the start of your career in the beauty industry!

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute is a private career training school with a  full service student ran Salon and Spa dedicated to education and real – life  practical training in all areas of COSMETOLOGY, HAIRSTYLING, ESTHETICS, NAIL TECHNICIAN and MAKE UP ARTISTRY.

Graduates of OCI receive a diploma or certification upon successful completion of their program of study.  The curriculum used at OCI is based on the highly respected Pivot Point education program and is focused on the knowledge and practical skills required to surpass the provincial licensing exams for the cosmetology industry.

OCI is a proud affiliate to the ACE IT program. Through the Industry Training Authority and local high schools, students can gain valuable trade experience towards an apprenticeship program while getting high school credits at the same time.

Why OCI?

A Green OCI

In an effort to best support our environment, we have begun collecting hair and forwarding it to an organization in Florida who makes berms for OIL SPILLS which contain the oil from reaching the shore.  Secondly we keep and recyclable all aluminum foil used in all our services for recycling.  We keep and dispose of any left over chemicals safely at an approved depot. Finally, we no longer use disposable cups and glasses  and student use sustainable dishes and cutlery and re-usable water bottles.

Red Seal Program

The Red Seal Program is recognized as the interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades. The program provides greater mobility across Canada for skilled workers. By successfully completing the OCI Cosmetology/Hair Stylist Diploma you are qualified to apply for a Red Seal certification examination. The Red Seal Program acknowledges your competence and ensures recognition of your Red Seal certification throughout Canada without further examination. Learn More

Here’s what they say about the instructors here at OCI.

  • Nathania gives up the chance to try more advanced services after the basics are mastered.  It has taken our skills to the next level – Chris Angle
  • Leanne makes theory fun!  The games and the way she teaches has made even anatomy a pleasure to learn – Brandy Wilson
  • Glen is patient and gives us the opportunity to build our skills with confidence – Veronica Wouters
  • Aviana – thank you for being friendly and welcoming.  Love having you as part of the TEAM!
  • Nathania, Glen & Leanne – Thank you for being the most awesome, patient & kindest teachers in the whole wide world( and for helping and stuff!) lol  – Robin Bickner

What our students & graduates are saying…

"I took the Makeup Artistry Course and I can't say enough great things about this school."

I thank all of you for a most fantastic week. I took the Makeup Artistry Course and I can’t say enough great things about this school.   It’s like an instant family. I learned so much and you all have contributed to my new career in the beauty industry.  I  will recommend this college to anyone and everyone who chooses this cosmotology future.  I hope to attend another class soon.

"I am very pleased to give you and your school my compliments and especially thank Robyn for her perseverance to achieve perfection with my haircut."

I am very pleased to give you and your school my compliments and especially thank Robyn for her perseverance to achieve perfection with my haircut. She was very comfortable to be in the company of. She is a dedicated and ambitious young woman to be starting on a new career path. I definitely know what that’s all about!

I have always been impressed with the kind, polite service your girls have provided me along with the exact haircut that I request. I wish I thought to compliment your the other girls who have cut my hair in the past too, but this compliment goes to all of you as well. Oh and I can’t forget Glen(instructor guy), thank you too.

"I am so happy I chose OCI out of all the options out there. "

Cosmetology Graduate – “I am so happy I chose OCI out of all the options out there.   It was great to be supported by the instructors and to become part of the family here.”