National code: SHB50121

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Master the art of making people feel great as you practise a range of beauty therapies, provide consultations and advise real clients. Gain expert knowledge and a professional portfolio to help you become a reputable beauty therapist.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Perform facial techniques including exfoliation and massage

    • Perform lash and brow treatments including lash lifts

    • Consult with clients and provide beauty, skincare and cosmetic product advice and treatment recommendations

    • Conduct skin analysis and cater treatments to the skin type and concerns of your client

    • Provide nail treatments including manicures and pedicures

    • Create make-up designs and apply make-up

    Course outcomes

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

    • A nationally recognised qualification at diploma level

    • A portfolio of work to showcase your skills and enhance your employment options

    • The ability to apply expert make-up looks, provide facial treatments and perform all beauty treatments at an elite level

    • The confidence to give meaningful advice and recommendations to clients

    • Professional integrity and high levels of discretion to exceed client expectations

    • A pathway to continue your study and enhance your career goals

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

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

    • To ensure this course is right for you, you are required to participate in a pre-enrolment interview

    Entry recommendations

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

    • Closed-in protective footwear and clothing that is clean and professional for the industry

    • Computer skills and are able to work on your laptop, iPad or smartphone that can connect to the internet

    • Strong communication skills to consult with your clients and your team

    • An openness to practising your skills on your peers and members of the public

    • An openness to allow your peers to practise their skills on you

    • An ease about performing massage treatments on the head, feet, hands and body

    • A willingness to follow strict hygiene and work, health and safety principles

    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level


    • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: beauty therapist, product specialist or sales advisor, business salon owner/operator, franchise salon owner/operator, spa or resort therapist, massage therapist and electrolysis/diathermy technician.

    Study pathways

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

    Previous study3 Courses

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

    Further study1 Course

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    Related study2 Courses

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

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Beauty Therapy qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 29 units of competency, including 20 core and 9 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.

    • Provide body massagesSHBBBOS008

    • Advise on beauty products and servicesSHBBCCS005

    • Provide lash and brow servicesSHBBFAS004

    • Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendationsSHBBFAS005

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities 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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