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Diploma of Beauty Therapy (International)

Course ID
Rapid Creek
On Campus

This course will further advance your beauty therapy skills and prepare you for management positions in salons and spas. You will be ready to work in-house or as an independent freelance professional.

Duration: 52 weeks (two semester)

On-campus classes
41 weeks
On-campus classes: 21 hours per week
Paid work rights: up to 40 hours per fortnight (depending on visa conditions)

11 weeks
Paid work rights: unlimited (depending on visa conditions)

Interested? View the course guide, apply, or request more information on the Contact Us page.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as beauty therapists to provide a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including facial treatments, body massage and treatments, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skincare and cosmetic products.

These individuals work relatively autonomously and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques. 

Work is typically conducted in beauty salons and spas.

How you study

In this 52 week course you will undertake 41 weeks of the most up-to-date theory and practical training on campus.

Course structure

Packaging rules:

●  29 units must be completed:
●  20 core units
●  4 elective units, consisting of:

○  1 unit from Group A: Infection control
○  at least 2 units from Group B: General electives
○  up to 1 unit from the list below, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

Core Units

SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services
SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages
SHBXCCS005 Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting
SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients
SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services
SHBBNLS011 Use electric file equipment for nail services
SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBNLS007 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment SHBXCCS006 Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up
SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXCCS007 Conduct salon financial transactions


Elective Units

SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards (Gr A)
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography (Gr E)
SHBBMUP011 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up (Gr E)
SHBBMUP015 Apply volume eyelash extensions (Gr E)

Note: Certificate III of Beauty Services is a prerequisite for admission into ICAE’s Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Career opportunities

Beauty Therapist


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