National code: SHB40121

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

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Overview About this course

Become a qualified beauty therapist and strengthen a suite of practical skills in a TAFE NSW beauty salon. Learn how to care for your clients from booking through to follow-up consultations, building a level of trust along the way that will have them returning to your salon time after time.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Apply spray tan

  • Provide body massage and treatment services

  • Provide facials and skincare recommendations

  • Design and apply make-up, and lash and brow treatments

  • Provide waxing services

  • Provide manicure and pedicure services using electric file equipment

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Develop practical skills in beauty therapy techniques, client aftercare and follow-up consultations with real world clients in the simulated working environment of a TAFE NSW beauty salon

  • Gain experience in client relationship communication, time management and working with discretion and professional integrity

  • Networking and liaising with industry professionals and building a strong peer cohort

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol


  • Be employed as an apprentice in the industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • The capacity to practice skills on your peers and members of the public and allow peers to practice on you

  • Availability to attend an interview with a teacher to determine your suitability

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A commitment to following strict hygiene and work, health and safety principles

  • Confidence with massage including head, feet, hands and body

  • Enthusiasm for communicating effectively with your clients and your team

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: beautician, beauty therapist, product specialist or sales advisor and salon owner.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 units of competency, including 18 core and 5 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply cosmetic tanning products SHBBBOS007

  • Provide body massages SHBBBOS008

  • Provide lash and brow services SHBBFAS004

  • Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations SHBBFAS005

  • ... 5

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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