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  • SHB50115
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Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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At a glance

Upgrade your career in beauty with this high-level qualification from TAFE Queensland. You will learn advanced skills that will help you to progress as a beauty therapist.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Beauty Therapist
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SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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Course overview

Course overview

Develop your success in the beauty industry with this high-level qualification. Learn the specialised knowledge and high-level skills you need to work as a senior beauty therapist.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the beauty therapy industry is currently experiencing very strong growth with around 25,000 job openings expected over the next five years. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are reliable, well presented, and interact well with others.  

This course will give you the advanced skills in areas including body massage and treatments, facial treatments, make up design, waxing services, and more. You'll be guided by an expert team of professionals who understand the industry and its requirements by maintaining strong connections.

Successful completion of this course will give you the specialised skills employers in the beauty industry look for. You'll be able to upgrade your career as a senior beauty therapist.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 12 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
SHBBBOS002
Provide body massages
SHBBBOS003
Provide body treatments
SHBBFAS001
Provide lash and brow services
SHBBFAS002
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBFAS003
Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBHRS001
Provide waxing services
SHBBMUP002
Design and apply make-up
SHBBNLS001
Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES001
Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXCCS001
Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002
Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS001
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
North and Far North Queensland
SHBBBOS001
Apply cosmetic tanning products Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBBOS005
Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments Townsville only
SHBBCCS001
Advise on beauty products and services Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBCCS002
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBMUP001
Apply eyelash extensions Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBMUP003
Design and apply make-up for photography Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBMUP004
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up Townsville only
SHBBSKS005
Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBSPA001
Work in a spa therapies framework Cairns only
SHBBSPA002
Provide spa therapies Cairns only
SHBBSPA003
Provide stone therapy massages Cairns and Townsville only
SHBBSPA004
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation Cairns and Townsville only
Greater Brisbane (excluding Ipswich)
SHBBBOS001
Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBCCS001
Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBCCS002
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards
SHBBMUP001
Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBSKS005
Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA001
Work in a spa therapies framework
SHBBSPA002
Provide spa therapies
SHBBSPA003
Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBSPA004
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
SIRXSLS001
Sell to the retail customer
Wide Bay Burnett / Sunshine Coast
SHBBBOS001
Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBBOS005
Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments Hervey Bay and Bundaberg only
SHBBCCS001
Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBCCS002
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards
SHBBMUP001
Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBMUP003
Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBMUP004
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up Bundaberg only
SHBBNLS004
Apply nail art Hervey Bay only
SHBBSKS005
Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA001
Work in a spa therapies framework Mooloolaba only
SHBBSPA002
Provide spa therapies Mooloolaba only
SHBBSPA003
Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBSPA004
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
SHBBNLS001
Provide manicure and pedicare services Gympie
SHBBFAS002
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations Gympie
SHBBFAS003
Provide specialised facial treatments Gympie
Gold Coast
SHBBBOS001
Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBCCS001
Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBCCS002
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards
SHBBMUP003
Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBMUP004
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
SHBBBOS005
Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
SHBBSKS005
Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA003
Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBSPA004
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
SIRRMER001
Produce visual merchandise displays
Darling Downs and South West (including Ipswich)
SHBBCCS001
Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBMUP003
Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBBOS001
Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards
SHBBSPA004
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
SHBBSKS005
Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA003
Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBCCS002
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBHRS002
Provide female intimate waxing services
SHBBMUP001
Apply eyelash extensions Bundamba only
SHBBBOS005
Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments Bundamba only
SHBBSPA001
Work in a spa therapies framework Toowoomba only
SHBBSPA002
Provide spa therapies Toowoomba only

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Money IconPayment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Money IconInternational Student Payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

It is recommended that you meet one of the following requirements-

  • successful completion of at least Year 12, Certificate IV or equivalent; or
  • be of mature-age

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Greater Brisbane
Due to the high volume of applicants wishing to undertake this program, Greater Brisbane has introduced a selection criteria ranking process which requires all applicants to undertake a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) maths and english assessment to determine current level of literacy and numeracy.
Applicants who receive an Exit Level 3 Working at Level 4 score (or higher) on the BKSB will receive a higher ranking than students with a lower score. The BKSB identifies any areas you may need additional support to achieve your goals and ensure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum standard of dress. This includes having access to and wearing a black shirt, black tailored pants (no leggings, jeans, skirts or shorts), and enclosed black shoes.

You may also be required to purchase an equipment kit that contains items required for performing beauty services.
Please note: the purchase of this kit may incur additional costs of $350 to $550. More details will be provided at enrolment or during orientation session.

Greater Brisbane only
You will be required to purchase TAFE Queensland branded uniforms (navy pants and top set), this may incur additional costs of up to $100. 
You will need to supply your own comfortable/flat white shoes and beauty kits.  More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

 

Need to know

Personal Abilities and Key Activities

Important personal abilities required. The learner should:

  • Be well groomed at all times
  • Have time management/organisational skills
  • Be physically resilient
  • Be tolerant of working in confined spaces
  • Be sensitive to client’s personal space and requirements
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Be comfortable with physical contact with clients
  • Be tolerant of late and changeable work hours

 

Key Activities

  • Ability to sit, stand and bend for reasonable periods of time
  • Ability to deal with clients and give full attention, taking time to understand and ask questions as appropriate when dealing with client services or complaints (active listening)
  • Ability to handle and control tools, electrical equipment and perform massage routines (manual dexterity)
  • Ability to be exact and accurate and work within time constraints (efficiency)
  • Ability to perform mathematical functions such as measuring, calculating quantities and costs

 

Industry Requirements

Practitioners in this industry are required to work closely with their clients while they provide personal beauty services. This could include removing body hair by waxing, performing massage routines relative to treatment, performing skin analysis, providing advice, recommending and selling of cosmetic products and performing reception duties such as telephone answering, appointment making and client enquiries.  As a result the Practitioner is expected to respect the client’s privacy, maintain confidentiality and provide personal beauty services with absolute professionalism.

Students are required to have their hair tied back and have short natural nails (no artificial nails).  All facial piercings are to be removed (and during certain practical classes body piercings will need to be removed). No jewellery to be worn with the exception of a pair of studs in the lower ear and a wedding ring.

Students must present themselves in a professional manner, including coming to class in uniform, black pants and black enclosed shoes.

TAFE Queensland advises that, in undertaking this training, students will be exposed to some beauty products and machines that are unsuitable for use by epileptic people or people with certain nerve diseases or disorders, as they can cause seizures. 
TAFE Queensland will make reasonable accommodations for any such student who wishes to undertake this course, and will ensure that its teachers indicate prior to use if any of the materials/machines to be used in a particular class that they have these properties, so that students can identify to the teacher that they may be at risk if accommodations are not made, but also so that all students in class are aware of these particular risks when they enter the industry and can take appropriate precautions with their clients.
Please note that these accommodations may require a student with these types of conditions to train, for whole or parts of some classes, in a different training area from other students and will mean that these students will not gain experience with these types of machines and products for use in industry. 
TAFE Queensland considers it critical for the safety of students with epilepsy or nerve conditions that they are aware of the training they will receive. For students who may be affected please contact us prior to enrolment to arrange a discussion with your teacher.

 

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy as of 15 December 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 14 December 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into a replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland