Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Course Code SHB50121
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 18 months
Commencement July 2024
Timetable Four days a week in the first semester, three-and-a-half days a week in the second semester, then three days a week in the third semester.
Course Overview

This comprehensive beauty course will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of
beauty areas including day spas, resorts and retreats. Students will learn a wide variety of beauty
services including specialised facial treatments, body massage, hot stone
therapy, aromatherapy massage, waxing, lash and brow treatments, nail services, and make-up.

In consultation with our Industry Partners, students will undertake work placement as part of
their course, gaining invaluable experience in a professional environment. Students will also get
essential hands on practice in a real salon environment in our dynamic and vibrant Pure Academy
Salon. Students in this course will experience an excursion to a leading Day Spa along with free
access to up-to-date workshops with our industry partners.

To complete your training and be truly ready to step into your dream job you have the opportunity
to join our exclusive Emerging Graduate Program which encompasses resume writing, interview
preparation, personal presentation, business skills and work experience.

What will I Learn?

You will learn specialised facial treatments, spa treatments, body massage, stone therapy massage, aromatherapy massage, waxing, lash and tinting and shaping, nail and make-up services, all whilst providing services to clients in the Pure Academy Salon.

This comprehensive beauty course will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of beauty areas including day spas, resorts and retreats.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

On completion of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of employment opportunities - working in a salon, resorts, day spas, cruise ships, make-up artistry, massage, salon management or own your own business.

This comprehensive course has a strong industry focus and in partnership with Quality Suites Deep Blue, students will undertake industry work placement as part of their course.


You will complete practical tasks and assessments on clients whilst working on clients in the Pure Academy Salon. In partnership with Deep Blue, you will undertake work experience throughout their course to gain valuable industry experience.

You will also attend sessions with your teacher at local spas (ie. Endota, Deep Blue) and have an excursion to a large high-end spa during your training.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must also be at least 17 years of age and have completed year 12 (or equivalent), Certificate IV or higher level qualification or demonstrate an ACSF level three. 

Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 20 core and 9 elective units

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer 20 $0.00
SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages 100 $18.00
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services 30 $90.00
SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations 100 $50.00
SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services 100 $50.00
SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up 45 $369.00
SHBBNLS007 Provide manicure and pedicare services 60 $83.00
SHBBNLS011 Use electric file equipment for nail services 30 $0.00
SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information 20 $0.00
SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy 60 $0.00
SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy 60 $0.00
SHBXCCS006 Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context 40 $0.00
SHBXCCS007 Conduct salon financial transactions 25 $0.00
SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients 30 $0.00
SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45 $0.00
SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40 $0.00
SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms 50 $0.00
SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services 30 $0.00
SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments 100 $50.00
SHBXCCS005 Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography 30 $18.00
SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards 75 $8.00
SHBBBOS009 Provide aromatherapy massages 80 $185.00
SHBBCCS006 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments 35 $25.00
SHBBHRS011 Provide female intimate waxing services 24 $33.00
SHBBSPA007 Provide stone therapy massages 45 $0.00
SHBBSPA008 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation 25 $0.00
SHBBSPA005 Work in a spa therapies framework 20 $0.00
SHBBSPA006 Provide spa therapies 80 $25.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE
    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $6,665.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $11,110.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $1,547.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.