Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Course Code SHB40121
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length Full-time, twelve months
Commencement February 2024
Timetable Four days a week in Semester one, then three and a half days a week in Semester two
Course Overview

Jobs in the beauty sector are expected to increase by over 25% in the next 4 years so why not start your career now.

This course focuses on providing you with the skills to become a confident beauty therapist and to provide a variety of beauty treatments and services, including lash and brow treatments, eyelash extensions, nail services, facial treatments, make-up application, body massage, aromatherapy massage and waxing.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience working in the Pure Academy Salon during your course and have access to free workshops with our reputable industry partners.

What will I Learn?

Completing the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy will give you skills and knowledge across a variety of beauty streams including:

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you will be skilled to gain employerment in a variety of beauty industry settings including:

  • a salon,
  • resort,
  • day spa,
  • cruise ship,
  • make-up artistry,
  • massage,
  • or own your own business.


This course provides a pathway for further study at South West TAFE in the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

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

Students are required to obtain a police check prior to starting the course. The impact of any disclosures will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students enrolling in this course must be 17 years of age or older and have completed year 11 or equivalent.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 23 units: 18 core and 5 elective. 

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
SHBBBOS007 Apply cosmetic tanning products 20 $30.00
SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages 100 $15.00
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services 30 $71.55
SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations 100 $45.00
SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services 100 $45.00
SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up 45 $336.07
SHBBNLS007 Provide manicure and pedicare services 60 $86.21
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

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography 30 $15.00
SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards 75 $5.00
SHBBMUP008 Apply eyelash extensions 40 $181.15
SHBBBOS009 Provide aromatherapy massages 80 $229.75
SHBBCCS006 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments 35 $15.00

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 student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $5,010.00
Concession rate $1,005.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,345.00
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) $1,432.28
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. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service 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.