In the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, electrolysis franchises were beginning to disband leaving many electrologists to work in solitude. As a result, several electrologists collaborated together to create an association of Canadian Electrolysis Associations to tie the Canadian Provincial Associations together. In 1982, Frank Kovacs registered the Federation of Canadian Electrolysis Associations. While each provincial association runs their business independently, the FCEA is the umbrella to coordinate education, provide support and ensure electrologists within each provincial association have the opportunity to earn a Canadian registered designation of electrolysis.
In 1989, a curriculum for electrolysis training and the Canadian Certified Electrologist exam were developed and registered with the Canadian government. The proctored exam covers theory of electrolysis, electricity, skin and hair as well as a practical segment. Due to advancements in technology, in 2009 the CCE became the Canadian Professional Electrologist (CPE). Both continue to be registered with Industry Canada.
Like many esthetics, electrolysis is not regulated in Canada. Those who practice electrolysis diligently, obtain the CCE or CPE designation. This demonstrates to their clients that they have the ability and perform within Canadian health and safety standards.
To this day, the Directors of each provincial association meet regularly to ensure the integrity and management of the FCEA is upheld.