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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…

"It is over a week since my last appointment and my nails look great!!!"

I have had some very good results from my nail appointments over the past few years.  I have had a number of different girls and all have done a great job… but my last appointment I had a young lady name Karlee.

It is over a week since my last appointment and my nails look great!!!  The color, application and shaping are really the best job I have had from the OCI trainees.

Please express my appreciation to Karlee, and let Carolyn know she has a great student.

I will be looking  forward to having her do my nails again in the spring when I return from my winter away.

Thanks Again

"I can't thank you enough for having me yesterday. It was an experience I won't soon forget!"

I can’t thank you enough for having me yesterday. It was an experience I won’t soon forget!

Everyone was just lovely. Your students were amazing and knowledgeable (considering that they were junior students!) and you could very much tell they loved what they were learning! You’re instructor Lora was just a gem! Her explanation on the 4 different layer forms were easy to follow, the activity was fun, the whole experience was something else! I was quite surprised at myself for learning something- despite being there only for a block!

I very much enjoyed being a student to the point where I just fell in love!

Again, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The opportunity you’ve given me yesterday has given me a new light in the field. 🙂

Take care,

"Okanagan Cosmetology Institute has shown me that I can succeed."

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute has shown me that I can succeed.  I felt successful all the way through my course and it was a wonderful place to work while learning how to deal with a variety of people.  I highly recommend OCI